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Episode 052: Lesson Study & NGSS with Dr. Sharon Dotger

 

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Summary:

Have you participated in a Lesson Study? Briefly, lesson study is teacher-led research in which a group of  teachers work together to target an identified area of focus. Using existing student work and evidence, teachers collaboratively research, plan, teach and observe a, revise and share the results of a single class lesson. Dr. Sharon Dotger tells us the benefits and the protocol of Lesson Study. It’s one of the BEST professional learning experiences I ever participated in. Check it out!

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  • 05:00 - 13:00    Introduction to Dr. Dotger & Lesson Study
  • 13:30 - 22:00    How to choose a topic for your Lesson Study in NGSS
  • 22:15 - 30:00    Moving from your research theme...
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Episode 051: CER in the NGSS Classroom with Dr. Kate McNeill

 

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The Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning (CER) model of argumentation is used in many science classrooms. Dr. Kate McNeill shares with us today tips, strategies, and tools that enhance this science and engineering practice of Engaging in Argument with Evidence. Don’t forget to check out the shownotes below for links to all the useful resources discussed in this episode and more!

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  • 01:30 - 05:00    Introduction to Kate & her work on CER (Claims, Evidence, Reasoning)
  • 05:30 - 08:30    How to help students with reasoning 
  • 08:30 - 10:30    The evolution of CER in the science education community
  • 11:00 - 15:30    How to go about teaching CER & CER across...
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Episode 050: Meet Wildlife #SciComm-er Ashley Gary

ngss scicomm twitter wildlife Oct 02, 2019
 

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Meet wildlife #SciComm-er, Ashley Gary. In this episode of the NGSNavigators Podcast, we learn about the importance of being a science communicator (SEP: Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information) and all about Ashley’s career journey as a wildlife SciComm-er.

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  • 02:30 - 06:30    Introduction to Ashley and the field of #SciComm
  • 06:30 - 11:00    How Ashley's art history background helps her SciComm work
  • 11:30 - 18:30    Fighting imposter syndrome with fact-checking and hard work
  • 18:30 - 28:00    Ashley's work online & building science community on Instagram & Twitter
  • 28:30 - 33:00    Combatting the perceived elitism of science
  • 33:30 -...
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Episode 049: Practices and Computational Thinking in Elementary NGSS with Dr. Christina Schwarz

 

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Dr. Christina Schwarz discusses practical ways elementary teachers can make the shift to NGSS and digs deeper in ways of teaching computational thinking in elementary education. Join us for this informative conversation!

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  • 01:30 - 05:00    Introduction to Dr. Schwarz & helping students make sense of the world with NGSS
  • 05:00 - 09:00    NGSS and equitable learning environments
  • 09:30 - 18:30    Making the shift to NGSS in your classroom
  • 18:30 - 22:30    Teaching science literacy through NGSS
  • 22:30 - 31:30    Computational thinking in elementary classrooms
  • 31:30 - 34:30    The social aspects of science, identity and equity
  • 34:30 - 39:00    NGSS resources...
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Episode 048: Forming a Productive NGSS PLC with Jessica Thompson

 

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Co-author of Ambitious Science Teaching, Jessica Thompson, is here with us today to talk about the value of collaboration with your NGSS colleagues specifically by forming Professional Learning Communities (PLC). She gives us specific examples and resources on how to productively guide meetings, norms, and goals. PLCs can be as small as two people so we encourage you to listen to this episode and then reach out to at least one colleague and form an NGSS PLC. We are better together!

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  • 01:30 - 07:00    Introduction to Jessica and PLCs
  • 07:00 - 10:00    How to decide what to work on in your PLC 
  • 10:00 - 17:00    Promoting productive discourse in the classroom
  • 17:30 - 20:30    Collecting and...
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Episode 047: NGSS Earth Science Resources with Mark Watrin

 

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Looking for high quality NGSS Earth Science resources? Then this is the podcast episode for you! Meet Mark Watrin. He shares with us some incredible Earth Science resources available for teachers including dinosaur digs and volcano field work as well as many online resources.

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  • 02:20 - 07:00    Introduction to Mark & his work at the DIG Field School
  • 07:00 - 11:00    How Mark connects the Field School to NGSS and Earth Science teaching
  • 11:00 - 14:30    How high school teachers are integrating Earth Science into their curricula
  • 14:30 - 20:00    The high school geology class Mark created & USGS programs for high schoolers at Mount St Helens
  • 20:00 - 28:00     Common earth...
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Episode 046: OpenSciEd NGSS Units with Jim Ryan

 

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Meet OpenSciEd executive director, Jim Ryan. He tells us all about the FREE high quality design badge units just released for grades 6-8. Even if you aren’t a middle school teacher, you will learn the process that went into creating and field testing NGSS units. If you are a middle school teacher, you must try out one of these units!! They have thought of everything! Listen to the interview and check out the show notes.

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  • 02:15 - 11:30    Introduction to Jim & OpenSciEd
  • 12:00 - 17:00    The process for creating & field-testing OpenSciEd curriculum
  • 17:00 - 21:00    Developing OpenSciEd curriculum for elementary and/or high school science
  • 21:00 - 25:00    Adjusting OpenSciEd...
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Episode 045: Meet a Pediatric Neurologist: Dr. Rooman Ahad

 

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Dr. Rooman Ahad is a pediatric neurologist and shares with us her career’s journey. She also gives us some insight into how her field relates to what we are teaching with NGSS. She is an especially special guest because we were classmates in high school! I’m proud of all she has accomplished and excited to share with you.

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  • 01:40 - 02:45    Introduction to Dr. Ahad
  • 03:00 - 06:30    How her pediatric neurology research can help teachers
  • 06:30 - 09:00    Ways teachers can help students become scientific researchers and doctors
  • 09:00 - 12:00    Dr. Ahad's path to medical school and what she finds most rewarding in her work
  • 13:00 - 15:30    Her final words of...
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Episode 044: Small Steps to NGSS with David Grossman

 

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NGSS teacher, David Grossman, shares ways teachers can take small steps to implementing NGSS in their classroom. He also discusses how he dived into implementing storylines in his classroom even though he was not an expert in the storyline topic. There’s a ton of golden nuggets of NGSS advice in this episode. Perfect for getting you ready for the upcoming school year!

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  • 02:00 - 05:00    Introduction to David & NGSS
  • 05:00 - 13:30    How storylines level the playing field in the classroom
  • 13:30 - 19:00    David's work with Small Steps NGSS (his website)
  • 19:00 - 28:00    Incorporating cross-cutting concepts with a checklist
  • 28:00 - 30:00    David's advice for new NGSS teachers
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Episode 043: Starting the Kindergarten School Year with NGSS with Kaia Tomokiyo

kindergarten modelling ngss Aug 14, 2019
 

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NGSS kindergarten teacher, Kaia Tomokiyo, shares how she dives into NGSS with her students at the beginning of the school year. She provides specific examples from the unit she starts with and discusses how she creates a culture of learning using talk moves and modelling. Perfect for getting you ready for the upcoming school year!

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  • 01:30 - 06:30    Introduction to Kaia and how she starts the school year with NGSS
  • 06:30 - 15:30    Strategies for practicing modeling with kindergartners
  • 15:30 - 19:00    How Kaia fits science instruction into the school week
  • 19:30 - 25:00    Redirecting student ideas during discussion
  • 25:00 - 27:30    Using hand signs and other tactics to include all...
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