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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Show Highlights

  • 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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