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A Tribute to Margaret O'Sullivan - Replay of NGSNavigators Ep. 38

 

This tribute to Margaret O'Sullivan features a replay of Episode 38 of the NGSNavigators Podcast. Interviewed by Todd Campbell, Margaret shared her experiences with NGSS as a 6th grade science teacher as well as the inspiration behind starting the NGSNavigators Podcast.

Margaret's legacy as the host of the NGSNavigators Podcast is one that will not be forgotten. Helping teachers and promoting science education was a passion she worked tirelessly for, and she loved sharing it with this community.

"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. You don't always have time, especially when you're in the school year, to sit down a read a research paper or a journal article, because they're intense. But to listen to a conversation with somebody, there's these nuggets you can get and then you can go back and read the article and get more out of it."  -Margaret O'Sullivan


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Episode 022: Meet K-5 NGSS teacher and instructional coach Mary Jean Giannetti

 

 

Summary:

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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Episode 021: Productive Uncertainty in Elementary Science with Dr. Eve Manz

 

Summary:

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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 And remember, you're phenomenal!

 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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Episode 020: Meet a Biomedical Engineer: Jordan Harrod

 

 Summary:

Meet Jordan Harrod, a biomedical engineer. Her work focuses on machine learning for neuroscience. In this episode we learn about her research and what it takes to become a biomedical engineer.  

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 Show Highlights (with time stamps)

  • 05:30 - 07:30    What work can teachers do to build a foundation for students' careers in research and engineering?
  • 09:00 - 12:30    What is BrainNet?
  • 13:00 - 15:50    Applications for Jordan's research on anesthesia 
  • 15:50 - 22:30    Biases in artificial intelligence + medical research
  • 26:45 - 30:00    Resources Jordan suggests for science teachers

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"I think definitely for research and engineering generally the best thing that anyone can do is focus on experience and experimental learning." [5:41-5:52]  ...

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Episode 018: Student-Driven Differentiation with Lisa Westman

 

 

 

 Summary:

Meet Lisa Westman, author of Student-Driven Differentiation. In this episode, she shares her perspectives on differentiation, including educators' misconceptions about differentiation and practical tools for discussing differentiation with students. She gives us advice on how to avoid feeling overwhelmed by differentiation and talks more about standards-based grading.

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 Show Highlights (with time stamps)

  • 03:55 - 05:15    What is differentiation and student-driven differentiation?
  • 06:40 - 08:50    Advice for teachers feeling overwhelmed by differentiation
  • 13:15 - 14:00    Differentiating the process rather than the content
  • 14:30 - 20:40    Discussing differentiation with a student and differentiating feedback
  • 22:30 - 24:30    Your differentiation toolkit
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Episode 017: Ambitious Science Teaching with Dr. Melissa Braaten

 

 

 Summary:

Looking for practical and powerful tools for teaching science? A framework that ensures instruction is rigorous and equitable for students from all backgrounds? Then you must add the book, Ambitious Science Teaching, to your resource library. Co-author Dr. Melissa Braaten joins our show today and discusses modelling tools and productive talk moves to use in your K-12 science classrooms.

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 Show Highlights (with time stamps)

  • 05:45 - 07:25   Revisable models for scientific explanation 
  • 10:30 - 13:15   Practical tips for revising models in the classroom
  • 15:00 - 20:00   Teaching science with slides (a Kindergarten example)
  • 21:00 - 22:30   Acting out models: "Energy Theater"
  • 23:00 - 26:25   The "Gotta Have It Checklist"
  • 31:15 - 35:55   "Back Pocket Questions"
  • 39:45 - 41:15   Modeling...
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016_NGSS Resources and Strategies that Work with Wanda Faye Bryant

 

  Summary:

Meet Wanda Faye Bryant, a 7th grade NGSS science teacher at Detroit Public Schools Community District. Wanda shares with us what resources and strategies she uses to successfully implement NGSS in her classroom. She describes the lessons she’s learned through four years of experience in implementing NGSS in her classroom and details various methods and exercises which have been useful in engaging students through NGSS.

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Show Notes:

In this episode we discuss...

  • Introduction of Guest Wanda Bryant,  science teacher and veteran of NGSS implementation
  • Discussion of the various NGSS training programs Bryant has experienced
  • How did Bryant approach beginning NGSS teaching?
  • The driving question board within the 3D teaching approach.
  • How to respond to student questions concerning different investigations
  • Discussion of the...
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Episode 013 Understanding by Design Meets NeuroScience (and NGSS) with Jay McTighe and Dr. Judy Willis

 

 Summary

Meet Jay McTighe and Dr. Judy Willis authors of Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design Meets Neuroscience. How can we use neuroscience research to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment so our students achieve deep learning and understanding? We talk about merging insights from neuroscience with Understanding by Design® , and NGSS to create units of instruction and authentic assessments that emphasizes contextual understanding rather than recall.

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Show Notes:

  • Find out how Judy and Jay started to integrate neuroscience findings into classroom strategies and integrations to strengthen the student’s results.
  • There is value in cross disciplines.
  • How to reinforce lessons and knowledge with neuroscience techniques
  • Integrating performance tasks into a lesson allows students to actively learn
  • When...
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Episode 011_Scientific Method and NGSS: With Nicole Van Tassel

 

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Summary:

A common concern heard about NGSS is that the scientific method is missing! Meet Nicole VanTassel, a middle school/high school NGSS science educator and educational consultant. In this episode, Nicole VanTassel helps to clarify concerns that there is no scientific method in the Next Generation Science standards. She also shares her  favorite NGSS teacher resources.

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 Show Notes:

  • Introduction of Nicole VanTassel, Middle school/High School science teacher and educational consultant and founder of I Explore Science
  • Learn where about the scientific method´s presence in Next Generation Science Standard
  • The history of the scientific method and how it applies to science today.
  • The role of the scientific method in the modern day classroom
  • The scientific method is...
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