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Episode 048: Forming a Productive NGSS PLC with Jessica Thompson

 

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Summary:

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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Summary:

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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Summary:

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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Summary:

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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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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  • 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 043: Starting the Kindergarten School Year with NGSS with Kaia Tomokiyo

kindergarten modelling ngss Aug 14, 2019
 

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Summary:

NGSS kindergarten teacher, Kaia Tomokiyo, shares how she dives into NGSS with her students at the beginning of the school year. She provides specific examples from the unit she starts with and discusses how she creates a culture of learning using talk moves and modelling. Perfect for getting you ready for the upcoming school year!

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  • 01:30 - 06:30    Introduction to Kaia and how she starts the school year with NGSS
  • 06:30 - 15:30    Strategies for practicing modeling with kindergartners
  • 15:30 - 19:00    How Kaia fits science instruction into the school week
  • 19:30 - 25:00    Redirecting student ideas during discussion
  • 25:00 - 27:30    Using hand signs and other tactics to include all...
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Episode 042: Leveraging Students’ Prior Conceptions in NGSS with Ty Scaletta

 

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Ty Scaletta, a 6th grade NGSS teacher, shares with us how to plan and teach in response to students prior conceptions and the importance of leveraging those prior conceptions when thinking about equity and engagement in NGSS storylines. He begins by explaining his shift from using the word “misconceptions” to prior conceptions. And ends with talking about his work with OpenSciEd. Lots of NGSS goodies here!

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  • 01:30 - 05:30    Prior conceptions vs misconceptions
  • 05:30 - 09:00    Leveraging prior conceptions
  • 09:30 - 13:00    Planning for prior conceptions
  • 13:30 - 24:00    How leveraging prior conceptions leads to more equity and engagement in the classroom
  • 27:00 - 32:00 ...
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Episode 041: Building Your Science Teacher Identity with Marti Canipe, PhD

 

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Summary:

Elementary teachers often do not have a formal background in science, but many are expected to teach science. Now add in the NGSS shift from  the more traditional way science was taught, teachers are now re-creating what it means to be a science teacher. Marti Canipe, PhD is an assistant professor of elementary science education and her PhD dissertation and focus with pre-service teachers is all about building your science teacher identity. Imposter Syndrome is real but Marti Canipe is here with strategies and resources for gaining confidence as a science teacher. 

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Show Highlights

  • 02:30 - 04:00    Introduction to Marti and her PhD research
  • 04:00 - 22:00   Addressing teachers' anxieties and apprehension about...
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QTT005: Does NGSS Phenomena have to be Phenomenal? 5 Myths of NGSS Phenomena...Busted

ngss phenomena phenomenon Jul 30, 2019


Myth 1: If it’s something fun, flashy, or involves hands-on activities, it’s a phenomenon

No, a phenomenon does not have to be flashy. A hands-on inquiry lesson is not necessarily phenomenon driven. And not every fun science lesson is phenomenon driven either--but that doesn’t mean phenomenon driven lessons can’t be fun. 

Phenomena (smelling pizza in the cafeteria, mold growing on the fruit in your fridge, going down a slide and getting an electric shock)  are specific examples of something in the world that is happening—an event or a specific example of a general process that we can use our science knowledge, practices, and crosscutting concepts to explain or predict.

Engineering involves designing solutions to problems that arise from phenomena, and using explanations of phenomena to design solutions.

A puddle drying on the sidewalk is not flashy but it’s a phenomenon. 

Myth 2: Phenomena are good to bring in after students learn...

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QTT004: Is this REALLY NGSS? 3 Key Tools for Evaluating NGSS Curriculum

Have you  been looking for high-quality instructional materials that support student instruction toward the goals of the NGSS? 

All sorts of products and programs have filled the science instructional materials marketplace, claiming  they support the NGSS, but do they really?

Beware of  buzzwords such as:

 “Students will learn with inquiry-based instruction.” 

Or

“The lessons are based on three-dimensional teaching and learning.”

Look out for association claims like- a product prominently using NGSS colors on promotional materials or with labels proclaiming, “This product helps teachers transition to the NGSS.”

Be skeptical of  statements such as, “Our product is aligned to the NGSS.” or “This program covers all three dimensions.”

 “This product fulfills 100% of the NGSS.”

 “This product meets the NGSS innovations.”

Just because a claim is made, it...

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