Archive: Teaching NGSS in Elementary School—Fifth Grade, February 18, 2015

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The seminar started with an introduction about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) presented by Ted Willard. After the introduction, Carla Zembal-Saul, Professor of Science Education at Penn State University, Mary Starr, Executive Director of Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network, and Kathy Renfrew, K-5 Science Coordinator for VT Agency of Education, shared an overview of the NGSS for Fifth Grade level students. Strategies, such as Claims, Evidence and, Reasoning (CER) and Know, Learning, Evidence, Wondering and Science (KLEWS) were discussed. The bundling of performance expectations with a focus on scientific practices, disciplinary core ideas, and cross-cutting concepts was also presented as a strategy for pulling it all together. ​

For more information about this web seminar, its presenter(s), read what participants said about it, and to see and download its PowerPoint slides go here.

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  • on Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:12 PM

Similar to the above comment I too was unable to listen to this web seminar live, however I felt as though I was still able to significantly benefit from listienng to the recorded version. I was very impressed by the way they explained each lesson in terms of "learning sets." Each lesson had three individual learning sets which addressed a different question, all of which crossed concepts with one another. I liked how they put emphasis on the fact that although these questions may focus on different aspects yet they all relate back to the main idea of the unit topic. Once they explained how to teach the lesson they then did a poll asking the live listeners to vote in on which type of assessment form they think their students best benefit from. The poll choices were A. Test B. presentation C. None. I was happy to see that the majority of voters choice presentations as their answer. It's nice to see that as the years go on and we stray farther from the NCLB Act of 2001 more educators are leaning towards project based learning as well as a standard based grading system!

Alexandra Kalogeris
Alexandra Kalogeris

  • on Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:04 AM

Though I was not able to attend the webinar when it was live, I have learned so much from the powerpoints and the information provided. As a future teacher I feel that this information gives me a better understanding of what the NGSS are and how they are meant to be implemented. I also feel I have gained a better understanding of how they work with the common core standards, next against them. I feel this resource will be one that I can turn to any time I need a little clarification or an example of how to implement an idea/concept.

Brooke C
Brooke C

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