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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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A Key Guide for Implementing NGSS






“Although it sometimes occurs, teachers should never be handed standards, including the NGSS, and then be expected to translate them into classroom practice on their own. Teachers are certainly capable of doing so, but the time and effort required of such a task is beyond the scope of the normal teaching assignment and the time […]

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What will we do, where will we go with the NGSS?






On Tuesday, April 9, the final Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a new set of voluntary, rigorous, and internationally benchmarked standards for K—12 science education, were released. For more information on this document and the release of the NGSS, please read the press release.  Also, if you haven’t yet downloaded your copy of the NGSS, […]

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What Are the Best Practices in Professional Development?






Budget dollars for teacher professional development can be scarce, particularly in these economic times. Evaluating the quality of the professional development options available is more critical than ever. The Exemplary Science Monograph Series has updated Best Practices in Professional Development with a revised second edition. The 14 professional development programs are presented in a series […]

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Focus on the new standards






Interested in what using the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) could look like in a classroom? The editor has a summary of significant components outlined in the Framework for K-12 Science Education, which is a guide for the development of the standards. The featured articles in this issue each start with an overview of how […]

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