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 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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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
  • 16:30 - 19:50   ...
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Episode 032: Meet a Historical & Social Volcanologist: Jazmin Scarlett

 

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 Summary:

If you are a history buff and a geology enthusiast -- this is the episode for you! Jazmin Scarlett shares with us her research as a historical and social volcanologist. She describes her work that centers around the 1812, 1902, and 1979 volcanic eruptions of Caribbean’s St. Vincent La Soufrière.  

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  • 03:15 - 09:30    Introduction to Jazmin's research
  • 10:00 - 17:00    Exploring how volcanoes are connected to the people around them
  • 17:00 - 21:00    Rethinking "natural" disasters
  • 21:30 - 30:00    How Jazmin started studying volcanoes
  • 30:30 - 39:45    Human geography research around La Soufriére
  • 40:00 - 60:00   ...
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Episode 028: Integrating Crosscutting Concepts into 3D Learning with Sarah J. Fick PhD

 

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Meet Sarah J. Fick, PhD. Sarah works with a team of researchers to develop curriculum materials that support learning environments focused on using the crosscutting concepts and science and engineering practices to support students knowledge building of science and engineering disciplinary core ideas. In this episode, we talk about 3 roles of CCC in 3D learning.

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  • 08:00 - 12:00   Thinking about how disciplinary core ideas and cross-cutting concepts intersect + an example using systems and watersheds
  • 12:15 - 14:45   Explicitly teaching cross-cutting concepts
  • 15:00 - 22:20   How cross-cutting concepts appear in conceptual models + highlighting student understanding in their models
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Episode 027: Emerging Multilingual Students and the NGSS Classroom with Enrique Suarez

 

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Enrique Suarez was trained as an astrophysicist and did cosmology research for five years before choosing a career in K-5 science education. In this episode, he discusses his research about designing learning environments that create opportunities for elementary-aged emerging multilingual students to leverage their conceptual resources and translanguaging practices when making sense of the natural world. He gives examples using a NGSS physics lesson in a 3rd grade classroom.

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  • 02:00 - 07:15   Introduction to Enrique's research on language learning and science learning
  • 08:15 - 22 :30   An extended example of a 3rd grade NGSS physics lesson with emerging multilingual students
  • 22:30 - 26:00 ...
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Episode 026: Math in the NGSS Classroom with John Russell

 

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John Russell is a Research Associate at Math ƒor America and instrumental in supporting research-practice partnerships that bolster MƒA’s efforts to encourage its model nationally. John discusses the powerful collaboration between science and math educators that is taking place in the Math for America program in New York and shares with us their model.

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  • 02:00 - 03:30   What is Math for America?
  • 03:30 - 05:15   How does Math for America work?
  • 05:30 - 12:30   How math and science teachers collaborate through Math for America
  • 15:30 - 17:30   An example of math and science teachers collaborating around the standard of precision
  • 18:15 - 23:30 ...
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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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  • 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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