Tag Archives: Next Generation Science Standards

First Graders Become Corn Experts: Using Questions to Drive Instruction

First graders love when fall comes to Kansas. It’s a magical time when lots of events are occurring in their environment, and I take full advantage of their natural curiosity. We begin the school year with a mini science unit featuring corn and agriculture. Every year in May, my class plants a few corn kernels […]

Posted in Next Generation Science Standards | Also tagged , , | 5 Responses

Scaffolding the Practice of Asking Questions and Defining Problems

With the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), teachers are wondering how to teach their students to do the science and engineering practices (SEPs). Some SEPs, such as carrying out investigations and analyzing data, are a natural flow from the old science standards. Many, however, are new for both students and teachers. For […]

Posted in Next Generation Science Standards | Also tagged , , , | 1 Response

Summer PD for Teachers in National Parks

“I [couldn’t] believe I was getting paid for this,” says Eric Riemer, fourth- and fifth-grade science teacher at Park City Elementary School in Park City, Kentucky, of his experience this past summer as a National Park Service (NPS) Teacher Ranger Teacher (TRT). 

Posted in NSTA Reports | Also tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

From Vision to Reality: Making the NGSS Come Alive in Every Classroom

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are ushering in an exciting new era of science education where three-dimensional learning integrates core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts to deliver an education that prepares today’s students to become “effective, rational thinkers able to contribute to (and cope with) our complex and constantly changing societies,” […]

Posted in NSTA Press Books | Also tagged , , , , | 1 Response

Building STEM Knowledge in a Breakerspace

A breakerspace—a makerspace workstation where students can disassemble toys, electronics, and appliances—engages students in learning what makes things work and investigating the world around them.

Posted in NSTA Reports | Also tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ed News: Federal STEM Education Programs Lack Coordination, Watchdog Finds

News Roundup banner

This week in education news, GAO finds federal STEM education programs lack coordination; Juneau School District considers teaching climate change; teaching kids not to be afraid of math might help them achieve; virtual dissection provides high school students with as real an experience with the body and its workings as they can get; new report […]

Posted in Education News Roundup | Also tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NSTA Legislative Update: Congress Agrees to Two-Year Budget Deal that Will Increase Ed Funding

  Congress Reaches Agreement on FY2018 Budget After a short (five hour plus) government shutdown, and last minute debate (and drama) in both the Senate and House over spending, immigration, and more Congress agreed to a two year spending deal in the early hours of Friday, Feb. 9 that will lift the caps on defense […]

Posted in Legislative Update | Also tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ed News: Review Of New Academic Standards Begins

News Roundup banner

This week in education news, North Dakota’s superintendent is requesting teachers to review new academic standards; California teachers find new science standards fun, but expensive; four New York students injured in a chemistry experiment gone wrong; several Wisconsin school districts are trying a new method of evaluating what students learn; Veteran astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris […]

Posted in Education News Roundup | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ed News: Where Will STEM Education Be In 5 Years?

This week in education news, by 2018, it is projected that 2.4 million STEM jobs will go unfilled; money is not the most important thing to teachers; policymakers and educational organizations are increasingly investing resources in building out the STEM graduate to industry pathway; New Mexico to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards in their […]

Posted in Education News Roundup | Also tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Response

Ed News: Educators Want To Rethink The Way Students Learn Science

News Roundup banner

This week in education news, researchers and teachers want to change the way students learn science; Californians strongly support expanding science and computer education beginning at the primary level; teachers are finding creative ways to use robots in class; New Mexico’s Public Education Department drops some of the proposed changes to state science standards; Lego […]

Posted in Education News Roundup | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment