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Episode 040: How to Begin the School Year with NGSS with Nicole Bolduc

 

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Summary:

Back in Episode 037 with Victoria Schilling, she told us how her 8th graders came in with solid routines and classroom culture norms conducive to the NGSS style of teaching because her 7th grade teacher colleague taught  and practiced those routines and norms in the previous school year. So, I just had to get that teacher, Nicole Bolduc, on the show to tell us how she does that! And she sure does deliver. Get your notebook out for notes and be prepared to listen a few times. She has everything you need to know to get your school year off on the right track! Thank you Nicole!

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  • 08:30 - 14:00    Introduction to Nicole & how she starts the year with NGSS
  • 14:00 - 21:00    Small group modelling & large group discussions
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QTT003: 5 Must Have Essentials in a High Quality NGSS 3D Assessment

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 relevant.

This is a must-have essential to assessments, because our goal for student...

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Episode 039: Engaging in Argument from Evidence with Erin Sadler of Sadler Science

 

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Summary:

Erin Sadler is a 7th and 8th grade NGSS teacher and shares with us strategies and resources she uses when teaching her students to engage in argument from evidence. She also walks us through the steps she takes when creating an NGSS lesson plan. Check out the shownotes for all the resources Erin Sadler shares.

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  • 01:00 - 03:00    Erin's background teaching science
  • 03:00 - 05:30    The importance of argumentation & strategies for using argumentation in your classroom
  • 05:30 - 10:30    The CER (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning) model for argumentation
  • 10:30 - 14:00    How Erin constructs an NGSS lesson plan
  • 14:30 - 17:00    Erin's advice for teachers just starting NGSS implementation
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QTT002: What's the Story with Storylines?

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What’s the Story with Storylines?

If you’ve been in the NGSS world for even just a little bit, chances are you’ve heard the term storylines floating around. 

So, what are storylines? 

To start: Storylines are a tool, not a rule of NGSS. And once you understand the purpose of this tool--you can decide how to best use storylines in your classroom.

The official NGSS definition of Storylines is: Storylines are statements that describe the context and rationale for the Performance Expectations (PEs) in each grade band and section. And that definition is not really all that helpful. However, when you click on the examples you will find examples of narratives that give a useful general idea of the purpose of the PE. I have included the links in the shownotes. This would be a good starting point to get the overall impression of what your sequence of lessons should be about to help students be able to meet the PE.

At NextGenStoryline.org: which is a storyline...

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Episode 038: Meet Your Host: Margaret O’Sullivan

 

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Summary:

Todd Campbell takes over as host today and your host Margaret O’Sullivan becomes the guest. Find out about her experiences with NGSS as a 6th grade science teacher as well as the inspiration behind starting the NGS Navigators Podcast.

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  • 04:15 - 08:45    Margaret's background as a 6th grade science teacher
  • 09:00 - 16:00    What led Margaret to leave teaching & start the podcast
  • 20:00 - 27:30    NGSS By Design: PD with NGS Navigators
  • 28:00 - 32:00    Margaret's favorite moments from the first 37 episodes of the podcast & her advice for new-to-NGSS teachers

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"One of the best parts of the podcast is really getting to dive deep with science education researchers, and to hear what's going on....

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3 Obstacles Holding You Back From Implementing NGSS

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**Excuse the typos: I'm using speech to text due to shoulder/arm nerve pain.**

OBSTACLE ONE:  Time  

 Limited time to process the nuances of NGSS

Limited time for science in the classroom

Solution: Focus on the basics first--The 5 innovations of NGSS

NGSS has five innovations that need to be integrated in each lesson plan and each unit. It's those five innovations put all together that makes your lesson plan or unit plan NGSS aligned. (I’ll include links at the end to a document that dives deeper and gives specific examples of these innovations as well as few earlier podcasts that discuss them further.)

There's lots of other nuances to NGSS that you can add to your lesson plans once you get these basics of the NGSS innovations down such as storylines, consensus modeling, question formulation technique, driving question boards, and other such terminology that you might have heard in conjunction with NGSS. But those are “tools not rules” ...

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Episode 037: Consensus Modelling in the NGSS Classroom with Victoria Schilling

 

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Summary:

Victoria Schilling is an 8th grade NGSS teacher who shares with us today all about how to use consensus modelling in your NGSS classroom. You’re going to want to take notes and follow her on Twitter! https://twitter.com/miss_schilling_

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  • 02:00 - 03:00    Introduction to Victoria and her teaching
  • 03:30 - 07:30    Consensus modelling in the NGSS classroom
  • 07:30 - 15:00    Using consensus modelling with other NGSS tools
  • 15:00 - 18:00    Assessment in the NGSS classroom
  • 18:00 - 21:00    Experiences with consensus modelling in classrooms
  • 21:00 - 26:00    Resources for teachers

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"I kind of see the consensus model as this tool that works with the driving question board; it works with...

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Episode 036: Meet a 6th Grade NGSS Teacher: Gillian Luévano

 

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Gillian Luévano shares with us her experiences with implementing NGSS in her 6th grade science classroom. Like many teachers, she has been putting together her NGSS lessons from a variety of sources. Gillian describes what has worked, what hasn’t worked, and what’s in the works for complete NGSS implementation. The resources she has found most useful and engaging for her students are linked in the shownotes below.

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  • 03:00 - 05:00    Introduction to Gillian's teaching history
  • 05:00 - 12:30    Gillian's 5-year journey with teaching NGSS including lab examples and student struggles
  • 12:30 - 16:30    Argument-Directed Inquiry (ADI) and National Geographic certification
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Episode 035: Meet a Wildlife Biologist: Tyus D. Williams

 

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Summary:

Wildlife biologist Tyus D. Williams shares with us his research on sea turtles, and jaguars. We also learn about the challenges and obstacles he faced in becoming a scientist. And indirectly, there are many connections to the NGSS 5 innovations that highlight the value of NGSS designed teaching.

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  • 01:15 - 05:30    Introduction to Tyus' research
  • 05:45 - 11:00    From reptiles to mammals & all about jaguars
  • 11:00 - 14:30    Misconceptions about science and scientists
  • 14:50 - 25:00    Improving representation in science education
  • 25:00 - 41:55    Changing research topics & more about jaguars
  • 42:00 - 46:40    Working as a park ranger
  • 47:00 - 51:50    #SciQFriday
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Episode 034: Skype a Scientist and Squids with Sarah McAnulty

 

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Meet the founder of Skype a Scientist, Sarah McAnulty! In this episode Sarah tells us all about how Skype a Scientist began and her PhD work with Hawaiian bobtail squids. Find out how to participate in Skype a Scientist and learn some fascinating facts about cephalopods.

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  • 02:00 - 04:30    Introduction to Sarah and Skype a Scientist
  • 05:00 - 07:30    How teachers can help Skype a Scientist succeed
  • 08:00 - 13:00    What resources Skype a Scientist provides for teachers
  • 13:15 - 22:00    Sarah's research on Hawaiian bobtail Squid & bio-luminescence
  • 22:00 - 23:30    How Sarah became a scientist
  • 24:00 - 26:30    Misconceptions about squid & the difference between...
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