Teaching NGSS in K-5: Making Meaning through Discourse

This web seminar took place on July 29, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Eastern time. Presenters were Carla Zembal-Saul, (Penn State University), Mary Starr, (Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network), and Kathy Renfrew (Vermont Agency of Education).


After a brief introduction by NSTA's Ted Willard about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Zembal-Saul, Starr, and Renfrew gave context to the NGSS specifically for K-5 teachers, discussing three-dimensional learning, performance expectations, and background information on the NGSS framework for K-5. The presenters also gave a number of examples and tips on how to approach NGSS with students, and took participants' questions. The web seminar ended with the presentation of a number of recommended NSTA resources for participants to explore.


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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants’ My Profile page 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 web seminar was one of my best, providing information that could be applied immediately in my classroom.”
  • “I enjoy that many of these web seminars include a video and discussion related to the overall topic. It makes the experience more interactive and relevant to viewers.”
  • “I enjoyed and found the information useful on claims, evidence and reasoning. Seeing video of a classroom example was helpful to see the ideas in real setting.”
  • “The chat always brings in good information and experience. Informative and concise. Great strategies for making learning visible.”

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




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