NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect: Mechanism and
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).
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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
- “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
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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