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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Successfully Scaffolding the Experimental Design Process

NGSS NGSS Newbies Science and Engineering Practices Teaching Strategies and Tips

Many teachers struggle with successfully scaffolding the experimental design process. It took me a long time to give up control and correctly set the scene for students to be successful when designing experiments. Here are a few tips to help make sure that your inquiry activities are successful. 1. Make sure your inquiry activity should …

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