Next Generation Science Standards

Crosscutting Concepts as Lenses to Explore Phenomena

Hello all,

Crosscutting concepts (CCCs) are sometimes the neglected dimension of the NGSS and other standards based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education. But crosscutting concepts can provide students a useful lens for making sense of phenomena.

NSTA is hosting a Virtual Conference titled "Crosscutting Concepts as Lenses to Explore Phenomena" on Saturday, February 8, 2020.  For more information about the conference and how to register, visit: https://learningcenter.nsta.org/virtualconference

Please share your work in three-dimensional learning (particularly how you incorporate the CCCs), classroom experiences, ideas, and your questions with other educatros within this Forum Topic.

Flavio.

Flavio Mendez
Flavio Mendez
45201 Activity Points

Hello Everyone!

I have participated in several of the NSTA Virtual Conferences.  What a great way to learn new ways to teach and learn science in the comfort of our homes!  Today's conference promises to be especially timely.  Now that many of us have mastered how to incorporate the Science and Engineering Practices with the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas, we can now focus on the third strand of the standards - the Crosscutting Concepts.  I love how it is sectioned off by disciplines instead of grade bands this time.  I can't wait to access the archives after today, so that I can check out all three breakout sessions.  Hope to see you there- in the chat of our live sessions!

Best,

Carolyn

Carolyn Mohr
Carolyn Mohr
86483 Activity Points

I'm so excited to be a part of the Virtual Conference dedicated solely to Crosscutting Concepts! As an informal educator, one of the first activities I learned to do with guests was working with fossil samples. I'm looking forward to learning about how I can use some of the CCC's to enhance the experience with guests, specifically with patterns or stability and change for the fossil activity. 

Alexandra Wakely
Alexandra Wakely
6335 Activity Points

I teach all of the high school science classes at my high school.  This conference is wonderful for me because it touches on all of the disciplines that I teach and help me intergrate them for my students.  I am looking forward to a wonderful day of learning.

Ruth Hutson
Ruth Hutson
63530 Activity Points

I just finished the breakout session with Joi Merritt. I loved how she mapped out how to use the crosscutting concepts across age levels.  Since I am a high school chemistry teacher, my biggest take-home from this session was her example of using the crosscutting concept of Patterns to help students make sense of Periodic Table Trends. She explained how teachers can help their students understand patterns seen on the periodic table by using a class summary chart.  The teacher has students share their observations and data to provide a change of causal mechanism for the periodic trend as one moves across the row or down the period.  We had a great discussion of how using the phenomenon of an electron's attraction varying with the square of distance and the shielding effect of inner electrons, can help students understand the change in atomic radius. I think using these phenomena and allowing my students to work with that data will help clear up the misconceptions that they have about atomic radius.  I'm excited to incorporate these suggestions into my lesson so students do not simply memorize all of the periodic trends. 

What take-home revelations did others have from the conference?

Ruth Hutson
Ruth Hutson
63530 Activity Points

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