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Allow students to pursue their own questions as you work to incorporate the NGSS into your curriculum.
In this article, the author reflects on several science lessons she has taught over several years. She reflects that her students were most engaged when the lessons were driven by a student question, rather than a teacher assigned inquiry. The author went into some detail about a particular science experiment she had had her students participate in. She had “perfected” the experiment so that her students would get the “right” data. By doing so, however, she had prevented her students from actually fully experiencing the scientific method. Failing is a part of the process. I particularly appreciated the author’s idea that it is okay to try something new and fail at it. I think this is an important idea for both students and teachers.
Jennifer (Ellicott City, MD)
Really enjoyed reading this piece of information. I also believe hat engaging the students are a crucial key to ensure success and continued growth.