Episode 056: Homegrown NGSS Curriculum Design with Suzanne Sullivan


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In this episode, Suzanne Sullivan shares with us the work her district’s vertical planning team has done with designing NGSS curriculum. She discusses the work she is doing as a 5th-8th grade science coach and encourages teachers to use their current skill set and passion as an entry point to NGSS. We all have strengths and skills to bring to the table with NGSS and it’s best to tap into those as we implement the vision of NGSS. Fantastic interview and a plethora of resources.

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  • 01:00 - 02:00    Introduction to Suzanne
  • 06:00 - 10:30    Vertical planning and Suzanne's work with her district
  • 12:00 - 24:00   ...
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Episode 021: Productive Uncertainty in Elementary Science with Dr. Eve Manz



In this episode, Dr. Eve Manz discusses supporting our students to engage with scientific uncertainty. She discusses ways we can structure our learning environment and questioning techniques to guide our younger students through dealing with scientific uncertainty.

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 Show Highlights

  • 02:45 - 09:30    What is scientific uncertainty and how can you engage it in your teaching?
  • 11:45 - 15:15    How to support student discourse through uncertainty and disagreement
  • 20:00 - 24:30    Being comfortable with uncertainty and seeing it from your students' perspectives
  • 26:10 - 33:10   Lessons learned from developing new science curriculum
  • 35:45 - 36:50   Assessment practices in science 

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