5 Must Have Essentials in a High Quality NGSS 3D Assessment

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Science assessment tasks for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) can come in many different forms, but what should you look for when choosing an assessment?  Or what should you make sure to include when creating your own assessment?

Fortunately, the Task Annotation Project in Science (TAPS) gives us 5 must-have essentials to include in any high quality NGSS 3D Performance Task Assessment. 

Today, we’re going to take a look at these 5 essentials:

1. Be focused on a phenomenon or problem.

 Assessment tasks must focus on addressing a problem or making sense of a phenomenon.

If we want assessments to reflect what students have learned and what they can do, students need to be motivated to engage in tasks. With this, phenomena and problems in an assessment should be compelling and presented so that students clearly understand why what they are figuring out is important or...

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Episode 026: Math in the NGSS Classroom with John Russell

 

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Summary:

John Russell is a Research Associate at Math ƒor America and instrumental in supporting research-practice partnerships that bolster MƒA’s efforts to encourage its model nationally. John discusses the powerful collaboration between science and math educators that is taking place in the Math for America program in New York and shares with us their model.

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 Show Highlights

  • 02:00 - 03:30   What is Math for America?
  • 03:30 - 05:15   How does Math for America work?
  • 05:30 - 12:30   How math and science teachers collaborate through Math for America
  • 15:30 - 17:30   An example of math and science teachers collaborating around the standard of precision
  • 18:15 - 23:30 ...
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Episode 015_Creating 3D Assessments with Brendan Finch

 

   Summary:

Struggling with creating NGSS 3D assessments? Meet Brendan Finch of Inner Orbit. In this episode he tells us his strategy for creating summative and formative 3D assessments and shares his most useful resources. He also tells us about Inner Orbit, an online program that helps teachers easily build and assign NGSS assessments.

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Show Notes:

  • Innerorbit is a website for teachers to build NGSS three-dimensional assessments, select questions, and assign them to their classes.
  • RocketLit is a product that customizes lessons to each student’s reading level.
  • Brendan starts his process with phenomena that aren’t easily explained, using sources like: NGSS phenomena and San Diego Country Office of Education - Project Phenomena.
  • It is great to reuse phenomena and ask new questions about it.
  • Pick one phenomena for your...
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Episode 013 Understanding by Design Meets NeuroScience (and NGSS) with Jay McTighe and Dr. Judy Willis

 

 Summary

Meet Jay McTighe and Dr. Judy Willis authors of Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design Meets Neuroscience. How can we use neuroscience research to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment so our students achieve deep learning and understanding? We talk about merging insights from neuroscience with Understanding by Design® , and NGSS to create units of instruction and authentic assessments that emphasizes contextual understanding rather than recall.

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Show Notes:

  • Find out how Judy and Jay started to integrate neuroscience findings into classroom strategies and integrations to strengthen the student’s results.
  • There is value in cross disciplines.
  • How to reinforce lessons and knowledge with neuroscience techniques
  • Integrating performance tasks into a lesson allows students to actively learn
  • When...
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Episode 012_When Protons Collide: Pawandeep Jandir

 

Summary:

Meet Pawandeep Jandir, a former particle physicist who worked at the Large Hadron Collider and is currently a data scientist.  In this episode, we discuss his work at the Large Hadron Collider, where he was working at the time of the 2012 discovery of the Higgs Boson! We look at the importance of science and physics in the world today and the ways in which students become and stay interested in it.

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Show Notes:

  • Introduction of Pawandeep Jandir, a particle physicist who worked at the Large Hadron Collider, and a description of the nature of the Large Hadron Collider.
  • The ways particles are controlled magnetically within the accelerator, and accelerated to 99.9999% the speed of light.
  • The nature of the data extracted from the collision experiments of the LHC; data from collisions with familiar results can be discarded
  • The nature of the...
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Episode 010_Meet a Mechanical Engineer: Cody Machler

 

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Summary:

Meet Cody Machler, a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry.  His experience falls in every phase of the product life cycle (requirements definition, design, build, test, etc). In this episode we discuss what the engineering design process looks like in his work. We also discuss what skills Cody sees that students need to have in order to be successful as an engineer. You’ll be happy to hear that these skills are similar to what goes on in an NGSS designed classroom.

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Show Notes:

  • Introduction of Cody Machler, a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry.
  • The different types and roles of engineers and how they work together
  • Being an engineer, verbal and writing skills are critical to clear communication
  • Why knowing how to document your work is important
  • New hires are more theoretical in their knowledge and lack...
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Episode 009_Storylines and Driving Question Board with Holly Hereau

 

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Summary:

Host Margaret O´Sullivan sits with Holly Hereau. Holly Hereau has been teaching high school science since 2004. In addition to teaching, Holly works as an NGSX facilitator and a Next Generation Science Storylines consultant. In this episode, Holly tells us about her shift to teaching with storylines. She provides helpful tips and resources for teachers looking to use storylines and driving question boards in their NGSS classroom.

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**UPDATE: Congratulations to Holly for earning the 2019 Michigan Science Teacher of the Year Award!!!

  Show Notes:

  • Introduction of Holly Hereau, high school science teacher who teaches with Storylines.
  • What is a storyline? A storyline beings with an anchoring phenomenon and proceeds from there.
  • ...
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Episode 008_Meet Science Sam: Biologist Samantha Yammine

 

 

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Summary:

Host Margaret O´Sullivan meets Toronto’s Science Sam! Learn about Samantha Yammine’s PhD research in Dr. Derek van der Kooy's Neurobiology Research Group investigating some of the first cells of the brain - neural stem cells. Continue the conversation in our Facebook Group, NGS Navigators, and be entered to win a model brain for your classroom! 

Show Notes:

  • Introduction of Samantha Yammine, Science Sam.
  • Her research is based on neuro brain cells and their development
  • Details on how a PhD program works
  • One important part of the scientific process: what are the alternatives if your hypothesis is wrong?
  • The research Samantha does is good for brain injuries, alzheimer's disease, or other degenerative diseases.
  • PhD looks to see which pharmaceuticals are activating brain cells and how the stem cells build the cells in our brain
  • Sam recounts her experience...
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Episode 007_Meet a Marine Biologist: Melissa Marquez

 

Summary:

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.

 Show Notes:

  •  Introduction of Guest Melissa Marquez, Candidate for PhD
  • Why interview a scientist?
  • Clearing-up misconceptions about sharks, rays, and stingrays
    • 500 different species of sharks
  • Melissa strives to clear up the misconceptions of these predators
  • How sharks are considered gods in folklore
  • Fins United initiative 
  • Melissa founded Fins United to make a dent in creating educational resources about oceans
  • Fins United's goal is to promote ocean literacy
  • Conciencia Azul, a marine science...
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