5 Tips for Making NGSS Bundles

Elementary Science High School Lesson Planning Middle School NGSS NGSS Newbies

If you read my post last week about building storylines, you know that the first step in has to be bundling your standards.  To read that post click here.  Bundling is the strategy of putting together standards that work well together.  Standards are arranged in bundles for several reasons including: Bundles help you connect related …

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7 Ways to Promote Student Autonomy in Your Classroom This Year

Classroom STEM Teaching Strategies and Tips

A major focus of my STEM certification program last year was structuring the classroom to increase student autonomy.  Why is student autonomy so important?  Here are a few reasons: When students are able to make decisions in the classroom, they are more engaged. Making decisions (for example, choosing lab equipment for investigations) requires higher level …

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Planning and Carrying Out Investigations for Upper Elementary

NGSS NGSS Newbies Planning and Carrying Out Investigations Science and Engineering Practices Upper Elementary

One major shift in an NGSS aligned classroom is that students no longer do confirmation style labs.  During confirmation style labs, the teacher has already taught students what they need to know and then students perform a lab to confirm what they have already learned.  Instead, students are required to begin planning their own investigations …

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Five Ways to Help Your Students Create Better Models

Developing and Using Models NGSS NGSS Newbies Science and Engineering Practices

Now that we have had a preliminary discussion about models (click here to review the post!) in an NGSS aligned classroom it’s time to discuss helping your students create better models.  Here are my top 5 ways to help your students create better models in your classroom. 1. Ask students to focus on the seen and …

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