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Translating the NGSS for Classroom Instruction

Rodger Bybee’s new book Translating the NGSS for Classroom Instruction gives science teachers a powerful tool for moving the new science standards into classroom practices. Having the NGSS is a critical piece, but they will only go so far in affecting true reform if the standards aren’t applied to how science education is delivered in [...]

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Science for the Next Generation: Preparing for the New Standards

If you’re an elementary school teacher who teaches grades K-5, the authors and editors of Science for the Next Generation: Preparing for the New Standards invite you to use the book as a resource to become teacher-leaders in the school science reform movement that is being catalyzed by the Next Generation Science Standards. As elementary [...]

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What are science teachers reading in September?

Check out this month’s most popular books, e-books, and children’s science trade books! Click over to our NSTA Recommends Catalog app to see what’s new. Between now and October 31, 2013, save $10 off your order of $40 or more of NSTA Press books by entering promo code SAVE10 at checkout through the online Science [...]

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Just in Time: The New Science Teacher’s Handbook

As a new science teacher, your first year of teaching is well underway. You’ve been facing the challenges that all new teachers face—learning your students’ names, how to manage your classroom, the best ways to engage your students, and how to account to your administrators for all that you do. But science teachers face other [...]

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Developing and using models

Many of us remember building models in school—replicas of the solar system, atomic structure, or the double helix of DNA. But in the era of the Next Generation Science Standards, models should not just be built as an arts-and-crafts activity, but as a way to explore and explain phenomena. If this is a new idea [...]

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Learning more about the NGSS (Part 2)

In a previous post, I touched on the resources I’m using to familiarize myself with NGSS.  In addition to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) app, I’m finding quite a few additional online resources to assist in bettering my understanding of the NGSS. The NGSS page on the NSTA website  has lists of resources and [...]

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California’s Decisions Show that NGSS is State Driven

The California State Board of Education unanimously adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) this week, making it the sixth state to do so. The decision not only represents a move forward for evidence-based science instruction but also highlights the control and flexibility individual states have in terms of the NGSS. The NGSS was developed [...]

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Learning more about the NGSS

Why am I at the table with a laptop, a tablet and a smartphone? Is this the ultimate example of multitasking? Have I finally leaped into geekdom? Actually, I’m looking at three versions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards have been on the NGSS website since last spring.  And now there is [...]

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What Constitutes Exemplary College Science Teaching?

The monograph Exemplary Science series’ latest volume, Exemplary College Science Teaching, edited by Robert Yager, is dedicated to the community of college and university teaching scholars who are working to enhance science education through the development and testing of best classroom practices. “For too long there have been few who have thought beyond lectures and [...]

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All Standards, All Students

  The Next Generation Science Standards has been released and is now available for download.  As with any new set of standards, there is always much discussion about the feasibility of implementing them within the classroom – all classrooms.  Opinions and discussion surface on both sides – can we, can’t we; what will it look [...]

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