Episode 053: Kindness & Equity in the NGSS Classroom with Kathy Renfrew

 

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Summary:

Today’s guest Kathy Renfrew shares with us ways to incorporate NGSS in our classrooms using Social and Emotional Learning Standards. We go deeper into this quote from Kathy’s recent blog post, “If we have the goal of building equitable learning communities, we are making a step in the right direction. In this way we are modeling for our students, our colleagues, and our community what it means to be kind and just, and maybe, just maybe, #choosingkindness will become a part of who we all are.” 

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  • 02:15 - 05:00    Introduction to Kathy and her work
  • 05:30 - 15:00    Choosing kindness in the science...
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NGSNavigators Podcast Encore #1 - Jen Gutierrez

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The NGSNavigators Podcast is one year old!

We are going to take a brief pause from posting new episodes. But not to worry! We have new podcasts with great guests in pipeline, being prepared for the very near future.

While those are in production, we wanted to take the opportunity to re-share some of our favorite early episodes. We realize a number of our followers have joined in recent months, and may not have heard these early episodes that have amazing content that will benefit any NGSS science teacher.

Today, we bring back our feature with Jen Gutierrez, a writer of NGSS, who we interviewed in November 2018 for Episode 4 of the podcast. Jen shared behind-the-scenes insights about how NGSS came together, as well as her thoughts on the challenges teachers face when turning the written standards into classroom implementation. We still use a lot of Jen’s wisdom from this episode in our approach to NGSS.

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Episode 052: Lesson Study & NGSS with Dr. Sharon Dotger

 

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Summary:

Have you participated in a Lesson Study? Briefly, lesson study is teacher-led research in which a group of  teachers work together to target an identified area of focus. Using existing student work and evidence, teachers collaboratively research, plan, teach and observe a, revise and share the results of a single class lesson. Dr. Sharon Dotger tells us the benefits and the protocol of Lesson Study. It’s one of the BEST professional learning experiences I ever participated in. Check it out!

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  • 05:00 - 13:00    Introduction to Dr. Dotger & Lesson Study
  • 13:30 - 22:00    How to choose a topic for your Lesson Study in NGSS
  • 22:15 - 30:00    Moving from your research theme...
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Episode 051: CER in the NGSS Classroom with Dr. Kate McNeill

 

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The Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning (CER) model of argumentation is used in many science classrooms. Dr. Kate McNeill shares with us today tips, strategies, and tools that enhance this science and engineering practice of Engaging in Argument with Evidence. Don’t forget to check out the shownotes below for links to all the useful resources discussed in this episode and more!

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  • 01:30 - 05:00    Introduction to Kate & her work on CER (Claims, Evidence, Reasoning)
  • 05:30 - 08:30    How to help students with reasoning 
  • 08:30 - 10:30    The evolution of CER in the science education community
  • 11:00 - 15:30    How to go about teaching CER & CER across...
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Episode 050: Meet Wildlife #SciComm-er Ashley Gary

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Meet wildlife #SciComm-er, Ashley Gary. In this episode of the NGSNavigators Podcast, we learn about the importance of being a science communicator (SEP: Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information) and all about Ashley’s career journey as a wildlife SciComm-er.

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  • 02:30 - 06:30    Introduction to Ashley and the field of #SciComm
  • 06:30 - 11:00    How Ashley's art history background helps her SciComm work
  • 11:30 - 18:30    Fighting imposter syndrome with fact-checking and hard work
  • 18:30 - 28:00    Ashley's work online & building science community on Instagram & Twitter
  • 28:30 - 33:00    Combatting the perceived elitism of science
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Episode 049: Practices and Computational Thinking in Elementary NGSS with Dr. Christina Schwarz

 

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Dr. Christina Schwarz discusses practical ways elementary teachers can make the shift to NGSS and digs deeper in ways of teaching computational thinking in elementary education. Join us for this informative conversation!

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  • 01:30 - 05:00    Introduction to Dr. Schwarz & helping students make sense of the world with NGSS
  • 05:00 - 09:00    NGSS and equitable learning environments
  • 09:30 - 18:30    Making the shift to NGSS in your classroom
  • 18:30 - 22:30    Teaching science literacy through NGSS
  • 22:30 - 31:30    Computational thinking in elementary classrooms
  • 31:30 - 34:30    The social aspects of science, identity and equity
  • 34:30 - 39:00    NGSS resources...
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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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  • 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 047: NGSS Earth Science Resources with Mark Watrin

 

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Looking for high quality NGSS Earth Science resources? Then this is the podcast episode for you! Meet Mark Watrin. He shares with us some incredible Earth Science resources available for teachers including dinosaur digs and volcano field work as well as many online resources.

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  • 02:20 - 07:00    Introduction to Mark & his work at the DIG Field School
  • 07:00 - 11:00    How Mark connects the Field School to NGSS and Earth Science teaching
  • 11:00 - 14:30    How high school teachers are integrating Earth Science into their curricula
  • 14:30 - 20:00    The high school geology class Mark created & USGS programs for high schoolers at Mount St Helens
  • 20:00 - 28:00     Common earth...
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Episode 046: OpenSciEd NGSS Units with Jim Ryan

 

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Meet OpenSciEd executive director, Jim Ryan. He tells us all about the FREE high quality design badge units just released for grades 6-8. Even if you aren’t a middle school teacher, you will learn the process that went into creating and field testing NGSS units. If you are a middle school teacher, you must try out one of these units!! They have thought of everything! Listen to the interview and check out the show notes.

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  • 02:15 - 11:30    Introduction to Jim & OpenSciEd
  • 12:00 - 17:00    The process for creating & field-testing OpenSciEd curriculum
  • 17:00 - 21:00    Developing OpenSciEd curriculum for elementary and/or high school science
  • 21:00 - 25:00    Adjusting OpenSciEd...
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Episode 045: Meet a Pediatric Neurologist: Dr. Rooman Ahad

 

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Dr. Rooman Ahad is a pediatric neurologist and shares with us her career’s journey. She also gives us some insight into how her field relates to what we are teaching with NGSS. She is an especially special guest because we were classmates in high school! I’m proud of all she has accomplished and excited to share with you.

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  • 01:40 - 02:45    Introduction to Dr. Ahad
  • 03:00 - 06:30    How her pediatric neurology research can help teachers
  • 06:30 - 09:00    Ways teachers can help students become scientific researchers and doctors
  • 09:00 - 12:00    Dr. Ahad's path to medical school and what she finds most rewarding in her work
  • 13:00 - 15:30    Her final words of...
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