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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Show Highlights

  • 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 028: Integrating Crosscutting Concepts into 3D Learning with Sarah J. Fick PhD


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Meet Sarah J. Fick, PhD. Sarah works with a team of researchers to develop curriculum materials that support learning environments focused on using the crosscutting concepts and science and engineering practices to support students knowledge building of science and engineering disciplinary core ideas. In this episode, we talk about 3 roles of CCC in 3D learning.

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 Show Highlights

  • 08:00 - 12:00   Thinking about how disciplinary core ideas and cross-cutting concepts intersect + an example using systems and watersheds
  • 12:15 - 14:45   Explicitly teaching cross-cutting concepts
  • 15:00 - 22:20   How cross-cutting concepts appear in conceptual models + highlighting student understanding in their models
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Episode 022: Meet K-5 NGSS teacher and instructional coach Mary Jean Giannetti




Mary Jean Giannetti shares with us her experiences of implementing NGSS at the K-5 grade level. She shares with us how she applies NGSS to authentic outdoor/environmental field studies for her K-5 students. The show notes contain all the helpful resources she uses.

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 Show Highlights

  • 03:30 - 08:30    How Mary Jean started taking students outside while integrating NGSS
  • 11:55 - 14:45    Teaching cross-cutting concepts with only an hour a week for science
  • 15:45 - 20:45    Developing outdoor learning experiences in your community
  • 21:00 - 23:15    Mary Jean's advice for managing groups outside the classroom
  • 24:30 - 29:00    More ideas for integrating NGSS concepts with community activities
  • 30:30 - 33:20    Resources Mary Jean suggests

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