Episode 066: Making Science Thinking Visible K-6 with Steve Addison


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Meet Steve Addison, a K-6 science specialist at an elementary school, who's done various workshops with American Modeling Teachers Association and ACS. Steve is here to share his experiences and strategies about guiding students to make their thinking visible. He’s looking to see how students can perform or do science versus regurgitating or reciting certain concepts. Tune in and learn what making thinking visible looks like in K-6. 

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Show Highlights

  • 01:30 - 08:00     Introduction to Steve and making science thinking visible in K-2
  • 08:00 - 11:30     An example of making thinking visible for 5th grade
  • 11:30 - 15:00     Applying these ideas to K-2
  • 15:00 - 24:30     More strategies for making science thinking visible
  • 24:30 - 32:30     NGSS advice from Steve and more on assessment

 Show Quotes 

"We're looking to see how students can perform or do science versus regurgitating or reciting certain concepts. They should be able to do things like develop a model, conduct an investigation, and construct an argument. With the earlier years, you're looking to spend a little bit more time developing questions and have them understand that science is a process, it's not something that we're going to recite back or memorize." [2:05-2:40] Steve Addison

"I think with the early years, it's really about focusing on one cross-cutting concept at a time. It's definitely a challenge if students are starting to do NGSS their fourth grade year and they have don't it in their third or second grade year." [19:05-19:15] Steve Addison

"As serious as we want to be about putting across these standards, it should be about having a sense of exploration, having a sense of the unknown, not just about pulling kids along to build a model or to make an argument."  [23:35-23:50] Steve Addison


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