Host Margaret O´Sullivan sits down with guest Melissa Marquez. Melissa Marquez is a moving force in STEM. Currently completing her PhD on sharks and their relatives, she is an advocate for Latina scientists, ocean literacy, and science literacy. She has been featured on Shark Week, and she is currently hosting her own podcast, Conciencia Azul, and writing her first book series. Margaret and Melissa discuss why an inclusive STEM education is important.
Episode #004 Summary
(1:00) So without further ado, here is Jen Gutierrez. Welcome, Jen. Thank you for coming on to our show today. Will you tell us a little bit about yourself?
(2:00) Jen tells us about working on the NGSS writing team specifically on the Life Science team and Appendix D.
(3:00) How did Jen get involved in that process?
(4:00) Jen’s incredible “aha!” moment when she first reads the drafts of the Framework (the foundation of NGSS).
(7:53) Jen tells us about her go-to NGSS resources.
(11:34) What are some of the misconceptions that you (Jen) might still be seeing that teachers might have about the NGSS?
(22:08) Jen discusses Engineering is Elementary
(34:39) Jen gives some final words of wisdom and more resources!
Today's episode about NGSS second innovation which is about three dimensional learning or that NGSS focuses on three dimensional learning.
(1:07) What are the three dimensions?
(1:28) First of all, you've got the science and engineering practices.
(4:30) The second dimension is called cross cutting concepts.
(5:15) How one teacher uses cross cutting concepts to organize his driving question board.
(6:41) How one teacher calls crosscutting concepts the "Keys to the Universe".
(9:55) The third dimension is the disciplinary core ideas. Some believe NGSS is missing important content. What do you think?
(10:40) How the Disciplinary Core ideas were chosen and organized in NGSS.
(18:33) All three of these dimensions at some point existed in one way or the other in the old standards. So how is this innovative?
(23:27) What this looks like in the classroom--More this, Less this
(With time stamps)
(0:13) So today's episode we're going to be talking about the five innovations of NGSS; what makes NGSS so the next generation science standards different than the traditional standards in the past and how that might look like in your class.
(2:39) The first innovation is that lessons and units are now driven by phenomena or phenomenon. Students are learning to make sense of this phenomenon- that's the purpose of the of the lesson or the unit.
Now, if it's an engineering lesson or unit the goal is that students are creating solutions to a problem that is related to the phenomenon.
The second innovation is that as students are making sense of this phenomenon, or they're designing a solution to a problem that’s related to the phenomenon, they need to use three dimensional learning. Our students are going to need to engage in science and engineering practices, and link cross cutting concepts...
Okay, okay--the first few episodes, well let's just say, I'm still trying to find my podcasting voice...but it's a start.
Each month we'll talk all things NGSS K-8 related: tips, strategies, resources, wins, struggles...
And, my favorite part,
interviews with NGSS Experts, Actual Living Scientists, and Real K-8 teachers!
Look at some of the talented people we have lined up:
Why use single point rubrics for NGSS 3D Assessments?
1. Invites higher-quality meaningful feedback
Rather than choosing from a list of generic descriptions that don’t always apply, single point rubrics require teachers to specify where students need to make some adjustments and also identify notable areas of quality for that particular student. This creates personalized feedback which will more likely be read.
2. Doesn’t try to cover all the aspects of a project that could go well or poorly.
This creates more flexibility without sacrificing clarity. You no longer have to think of all the different ways students could fail or succeed.
3. Students Prefer Them.
Your students will find them easier to read. With only the target expectations to focus on, they are more likely to read those expectations and with less text they experience less overwhelm.
Not sure if that lesson is really NGSS aligned? Enter the EQuIP Rubric. A MUST for creating effective, efficient, and engaging NGSS lesson plans. Below I list 7 reasons why.
The seven crosscutting concepts in the NGSS deepen our students’ understanding of the disciplinary core ideas and help develop their scientific literacy by uniting the core ideas throughout the fields of science and engineering.
To help make the crosscutting concepts (and therefore the disciplinary core ideas and practices) more accessible to her students, one teacher in Kansas, Dr. Robin Wooten, created these infographics to model the crosscutting concepts as the “keys to unlocking the mysteries of the universe” (Download your own copies below).
Dr. Wooten states:
“As science teachers well know, the importance of the crosscutting concepts is not merely that they apply across the domains of science and engineering, but that, because they “address the fundamental aspects of nature, they also inform the way humans attempt to understand it."
Consequently, the ...