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Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation
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This web seminar took place on March 5, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time. The presenter was Tina Grotzer from Harvard University. This was the second seminar in a series of seven focused on the crosscutting concepts that are part of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.


Dr. Grotzer began the presentation by discussing the definition of key terms such as cause and effect and causal mechanism in relation to NGSS. She asked participants to reflect on their own classroom practices and share feedback about their students’ abilities with this crosscutting concept. Dr. Grotzer provided examples from kindergarten, middle school, and high school then wrapped up the presentation by talking about effective instructional strategies.


Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “This was among the best science webinars I have attended. Tina's approach to cause and effect was insightful and the examples she used would be easier for my students to understand than I have used.”
  • “The presenter was able to explain clearly the understanding of causality related to science mechanisms that had not previously been clear to me. Her examples were spot on!”
  • “Extremely well organized with excellent examples of everything she spoke about. Introduced a new way to look at making deeper connections for students using broader causality terms.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


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