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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Show Highlights

  • 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 017: Ambitious Science Teaching with Dr. Melissa Braaten




Looking for practical and powerful tools for teaching science? A framework that ensures instruction is rigorous and equitable for students from all backgrounds? Then you must add the book, Ambitious Science Teaching, to your resource library. Co-author Dr. Melissa Braaten joins our show today and discusses modelling tools and productive talk moves to use in your K-12 science classrooms.

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 Show Highlights (with time stamps)

  • 05:45 - 07:25   Revisable models for scientific explanation 
  • 10:30 - 13:15   Practical tips for revising models in the classroom
  • 15:00 - 20:00   Teaching science with slides (a Kindergarten example)
  • 21:00 - 22:30   Acting out models: "Energy Theater"
  • 23:00 - 26:25   The "Gotta Have It Checklist"
  • 31:15 - 35:55   "Back Pocket Questions"
  • 39:45 - 41:15   Modeling...
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