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3 Obstacles Holding You Back From Implementing NGSS

ngss Jul 03, 2019

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OBSTACLE ONE:  Time  

Limited time to process the nuances of NGSS.

Limited time for science in the classroom.

Solution: Focus on the basics first--The 5 innovations of NGSS

NGSS has five innovations that need to be integrated in each lesson plan and each unit. It's those five innovations put all together that makes your lesson plan or unit plan NGSS-aligned. (I’ll include links at the end to a document that dives deeper and gives specific examples of these innovations as well as few earlier podcasts that discuss them further.)

There's lots of other nuances to NGSS that you can add to your lesson plans once you get these basics of the NGSS innovations down such as storylines, consensus modeling, question formulation technique, driving question boards, and other such terminology that you might have heard in conjunction with NGSS. But those are “tools not rules” of...

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Episode 037: Consensus Modelling in the NGSS Classroom with Victoria Schilling

 

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Summary:

Victoria Schilling is an 8th grade NGSS teacher who shares with us today all about how to use consensus modelling in your NGSS classroom. You’re going to want to take notes and follow her on Twitter! https://twitter.com/miss_schilling_

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And remember, you’re phenomenal!

Show Highlights

  • 02:00 - 03:00    Introduction to Victoria and her teaching
  • 03:30 - 07:30    Consensus modelling in the NGSS classroom
  • 07:30 - 15:00    Using consensus modelling with other NGSS tools
  • 15:00 - 18:00    Assessment in the NGSS classroom
  • 18:00 - 21:00    Experiences with consensus modelling in classrooms
  • 21:00 - 26:00    Resources for teachers

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"I kind of see the consensus model as this tool that works with the driving question board; it works with...

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Episode 036: Meet a 6th Grade NGSS Teacher: Gillian Luévano

 

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Summary:

Gillian Luévano shares with us her experiences with implementing NGSS in her 6th grade science classroom. Like many teachers, she has been putting together her NGSS lessons from a variety of sources. Gillian describes what has worked, what hasn’t worked, and what’s in the works for complete NGSS implementation. The resources she has found most useful and engaging for her students are linked in the shownotes below.

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And remember, you’re phenomenal!

Show Highlights

  • 03:00 - 05:00    Introduction to Gillian's teaching history
  • 05:00 - 12:30    Gillian's 5-year journey with teaching NGSS including lab examples and student struggles
  • 12:30 - 16:30    Argument-Directed Inquiry (ADI) and National Geographic certification
  • 16:30 - 19:50   ...
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Episode 035: Meet a Wildlife Biologist: Tyus D. Williams

 

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Summary:

Wildlife biologist Tyus D. Williams shares with us his research on sea turtles, and jaguars. We also learn about the challenges and obstacles he faced in becoming a scientist. And indirectly, there are many connections to the NGSS 5 innovations that highlight the value of NGSS designed teaching.

Note: Tyus has asked to acknowledge and correct two mistakes made during his statements in this episode:

1. Statement: Felids are apex predators in almost every major biome.

Correction: Felids can be found in every biome on Earth and many are apex predators utilizing resources from ocean and freshwater systems as well. They are also found throughout Alaska and Canada, where some parts of the geography veer into the Arctic circle. An example of this species would be the Canada lynx.

2. Statement: There are 47 cat species.

Correction: There are 38-40 species of wild...

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Episode 034: Skype a Scientist and Squids with Sarah McAnulty

 

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Summary:

Meet the founder of Skype a Scientist, Sarah McAnulty! In this episode Sarah tells us all about how Skype a Scientist began and her PhD work with Hawaiian bobtail squids. Find out how to participate in Skype a Scientist and learn some fascinating facts about cephalopods.

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And remember, you’re phenomenal!

Show Highlights

  • 02:00 - 04:30    Introduction to Sarah and Skype a Scientist
  • 05:00 - 07:30    How teachers can help Skype a Scientist succeed
  • 08:00 - 13:00    What resources Skype a Scientist provides for teachers
  • 13:15 - 22:00    Sarah's research on Hawaiian bobtail Squid & bio-luminescence
  • 22:00 - 23:30    How Sarah became a scientist
  • 24:00 - 26:30    Misconceptions about squid & the difference between...
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Episode 033: 3D Task Assessment Resources with Aneesha Badrinarayan

 

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 Summary:

If you’ve asked yourself, what does it actually look like for students to demonstrate progress towards the 3D standards? Or what are the most important features of high-quality science tasks? Well, Achieve has answers! These were the questions that drove the Achieve’s Task Annotation Project in Science (TAPS) and associate director Aneesha Badrinarayan is on today’s episode to tell us all about it.

Check out the Task Annotation Project in Science (TAPS)

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 Show Highlights

  • 02:00 - 09:00    Introduction to Achieve and TAPS
  • 09:00 - 15:30    How TAPS assessments align with high-stakes testing
  • 15:45 -...
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Episode 032: Meet a Historical & Social Volcanologist: Jazmin Scarlett

 

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 Summary:

If you are a history buff and a geology enthusiast -- this is the episode for you! Jazmin Scarlett shares with us her research as a historical and social volcanologist. She describes her work that centers around the 1812, 1902, and 1979 volcanic eruptions of Caribbean’s St. Vincent La Soufrière.  

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 Show Highlights

  • 03:15 - 09:30    Introduction to Jazmin's research
  • 10:00 - 17:00    Exploring how volcanoes are connected to the people around them
  • 17:00 - 21:00    Rethinking "natural" disasters
  • 21:30 - 30:00    How Jazmin started studying volcanoes
  • 30:30 - 39:45    Human geography research around La Soufriére
  • 40:00 - 60:00   ...
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Episode 031: Model Based Inquiry with Todd Campbell PhD

 

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 Summary:

Todd Campbell shares with us successful strategies and resources to use when implementing model based inquiry in your NGSS classroom. He describes ways to guide students through the sense making process. Check out the show notes below for links to unit templates with this framework as well as other useful resources mentioned in the show.

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 Show Highlights

  • 02:15 - 06:30    Developing structures for NGSS instruction
  • 06:45 - 14:00    Telling and interactive direct instruction
  • 14:10 - 16:40    Discourse strategies in the classroom
  • 17:00 - 28:00    Addressing "errors" or "misconceptions" in student models
  • 28:30 - 35:00    Assessment and grading for model-based inquiry
  • 35:30 - 39:00 ...
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Episode 030: Gather, Reason, Communicate with Kenneth Huff

kenneth huff myths ngss May 08, 2019
 

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 Summary:

In this episode, Margaret talks with a member of the NGSS writing team, Kenneth Huff. Kenneth clears up two common myths about NGSS and shares with us a useful lesson planning strategy called Gather, Reason, and Communicate.

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 Show Highlights

  • 03:00 - 09:00   How traditional scientific inquiry is different than NGSS 3D teaching
  • 09:00 - 11:00   Transitioning inquiry-based lessons to NGSS lessons
  • 11:40 - 17:15   Reconsidering whether the NGSS standards "limit" what's taught
  • 18:10 - 21:55   Memorizing science vocabulary vs engaging scientific phenomena
  • 22:00 - 26:45   Gather, Reason, and Communicate (GRC)
  • 27:00 - 33:45   Key attributes of a GRC lesson 
  • 34:00 - 36:00   Going 3D with...
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Episode 029: NGSS Storylines, Vocabulary, and More with Jason Crean, MS Bio, EdD

 

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Summary:

Our guest today, Jason Crean, EdD shares with us the powerful impacts NGSS storylines have on student learning. He share what works in a NGSS high school classroom shares many resources for teachers such as where to get high quality NGSS aligned units.

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And remember, you’re phenomenal!

 Show Highlights

  • 02:00 - 08:00   Common teacher misconceptions about NGSS
  • 08:30 - 09:45   Front-loading vocabulary vs a 'Less is More' strategy
  • 10:15 - 16:00   Training teachers in NGSS storylines + storyline examples
  • 16:15 - 21:45   Three-dimensional assessment with NGSS
  • 22:00 - 24:30   NGSS in the eyes of administrators
  • 25:00 - 30:45   Resources for implementing + adjusting NGSS storylines
  • 31:00 -...
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