NGSS Core Ideas: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy,
This web seminar took place on February 11, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern
standard time. The presenters were Andy Anderson and Jennifer
Doherty of Michigan State University. This was the ninth web seminar in a series
focused on the disciplinary core ideas that are part of the Next Generation Science
Standards (NGSS). The program featured strategies for teaching about life
science concepts that answer questions such as "How do organisms interact with the
living and nonliving environments to obtain matter and energy?" and "How do matter
and energy move through an ecosystem?"
Dr. Anderson and Dr. Doherty began the presentation by discussing the two main strands
of the ecosystems disciplinary core idea: community ecology and ecosystem science.
They talked about common student preconceptions and strategies for addressing them.
Next, Dr. Anderson and Dr. Doherty shared learning progressions for this core idea,
showing how student understanding builds from elementary through high school. Last,
the presenters described approaches for teaching about ecosystems and shared resources
to use with students. Participants had the opportunity to submit their questions
and comments in the chat.
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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate 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:
- "I liked how the presenters tied in specific examples or ideas that could be used
in the classroom and linked them to the NGSS."
- "This was an excellent webinar. I especially appreciated the parts showing common
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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