2023 Atlanta National Conference

March 22-25, 2023

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FILTERS APPLIED:6 - 8, Hands-On Workshop, Curriculum and Assessment, Sensemaking

 

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Michael Bowen [NSTA Press Submission]: Strategies to Better Develop Student Analysis of Data in STEM Subjects: Data Literacy

Thursday, March 23 • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B309



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HO Marble Rolling Lab Activity1_2016.pdf
NSTA_2023_Graphing BowenBartley.pdf
representing data rolling marble outline.pdf
Sample Book Chapter from NSTA Press.pdf
Strategies to better develop student analysis of data in STEM Subjects-2023.pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Review data analysis/collecting techniques to help students young and old to learn the relationships between types of data and analysis of it.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn about "orders of variables" and how understanding these can help their students to better engage in making and interpreting graphs.

SPEAKERS:
G. Michael Bowen (Mount Saint Vincent University: Halifax, NS)

Stories from the Classroom: Supporting Sensemaking with Primary Sources

Thursday, March 23 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A314



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Stories from the Classroom_ Supporting Sensemaking with Primary Sources.pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Engage in active exploration of primary source materials that support sensemaking in middle level science and STEM. Leave with a plan for incorporating primary sources into your own lessons.

TAKEAWAYS:
Primary sources can be used to: (1) present phenomena, (2) engage students in science and engineering practices, (3) identify crosscutting concepts, (4) reinforce disciplinary core ideas, and (4) address equity through leveled resources and shared experience.

SPEAKERS:
Kathy Biernat (Zanilu Educational Services, LLC: No City, No State), Donna Governor (University of North Georgia: Dahlonega, GA), Loris Chen (Science Education Consultant: Fair Lawn, NJ)

Classroom Discourse for Sensemaking Through the Crosscutting Concepts

Thursday, March 23 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B401


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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This is session #2 in the PL Committee CCCs Pathway and is designed to support K-12. Attendees will explore the Framework progression documents to understand what is appropriate for their grade level. They will learn about and engage in hands-on activities paired with talk strategies and protocols that focus classroom talk on making sense of observations and data using the Crosscutting Concepts. Attendees will have the chance to talk with fellow participants about how they might use these strategies and tools in their classroom or role and how they can be differentiated to be used at different grade levels. Participants will leave with a virtual toolbox of resources they can take home and apply right away in their sphere.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will leave with discussion strategies and tools they can implement right away in classrooms to support student discourse and sensemaking anchored in the Crosscutting Concepts.

SPEAKERS:
Rebecca Garelli (Arizona Science Teachers Association), Leah Litz (Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium: No City, No State), Kimberley Astle (Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction: Olympia, WA)

Introducing Phenomena by Analyzing Historical Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

Thursday, March 23 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B304



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Connecting Items.docx
These are the items that we used for the opening activity.
Phenomena PPT.pptx
Teosinte Article
This is the primary source that was used in the example that I gave during the session.

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Did you know that you can launch units in your science class by engaging students in the analysis of historical primary sources? Join us for this hands-on workshop, where we’ll investigate free, digitized resources to see how they can reveal phenomena linked to the content you teach.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn how to engage students at the start of a unit by exploring phenomena embedded in historical primary source documents. The strategies discussed will develop the critical thinking and sensemaking strategies of students.

SPEAKERS:
Michael Apfeldorf (Library of Congress: Washington, DC), Jacqueline Katz (Science Teacher)

Weather & Climate: Use a FREE web based graphing tool to analyze and interpret local and national climate data for patterns or change.

Thursday, March 23 • 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A305



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5 Climate weather graphing tool city data.pdf
6 Climate weather graphing tool Variable Descriptions.pdf
Article Climate Influencers
https://prod-wcg-001.amnh.org/index.php
https://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/curriculum-collections/patterns
Locations available in the graphing tool
Planning a Climate Investigation Tool
Presentation
Weather and Climate Graphs used in the presentation

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Participants will investigate relationships between variables such as barometric pressure and precipitation, using data from a wide range of geographical stations in the United States. Selected stations represent sites with contrasting latitudes, altitudes, proximity to water bodies, and other elements, in order to best study the effect of these variables on weather and climate. The session will analyze data to look for patterns of change over time and to investigate regional patterns and region-specific effects of climate change. Data from Los Angeles & San Diego weather stations will also be included. The graphing tool is a freely accessible webpage that works on laptops, desktops, smartphones, and tablets. An internet connection at the session would additionally allow for participants to see a live demonstration as well as explore their own investigation questions. http://uanyc.science/pwc

TAKEAWAYS:
In this session attendees will learn to analyze and interpret weather and climate data using a custom designed graphing tool that simplifies visualizing and analyzing data on time scales of hours, days and weeks (weather) to decades and centuries (climate).

SPEAKERS:
Rachelle Travis (P.S. 288 The Shirley Tanyhill: Brooklyn, NY)

Wake: Tales from the Aqualab - Game-Based Science Learning Under the Sea

Thursday, March 23 • 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A314


STRAND: Technology and Media

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Play a new free online science game - Wake: Tales from the Aqualab. Take on ocean-based ecosystem missions, and engage in experimentation, modeling, and argumentation around middle school life sciences content. Use a submarine to explore a kelp forest! Travel to the arctic to find a missing whale!

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn ways to implement Wake in your classroom - including associated curriculum and supplemental materials. The full game can cover 10+ classes, with over 35 jobs of increasing complexity, and a fun story. Learn about our research on game-based supports for student learning of science practices.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Scianna (University of Wisconsin Madison)

Effective Discourse Strategies for Creating Inclusive Science/STEM Classrooms

Thursday, March 23 • 3:40 PM - 4:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B401



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Resource Dashboard_NSTA Atlanta 2023_ Effective Discourse Strategies for Creating Inclusive STEM Classrooms Resource Dashboard.pdf

STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Join this session to explore effective and practical student discourse strategies that promote inclusive and productive classroom discourse. In this session, you will have the opportunity to engage in a few strategies as a learner to better equip you with implementing these with your students!

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of shifts in classroom talk patterns, like moving away from the I-R-E talk pattern and towards Productive Talk. Attendees will engage with practical and effective discourse strategies that promote inclusive and productive classroom discourse.

SPEAKERS:
Rebecca Garelli (Arizona Science Teachers Association)

Bringing the Scientist Out of EVERY Student: How an anchoring phenomenon activates three dimensional learning.

Thursday, March 23 • 3:40 PM - 4:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A301



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Integrating Science and Engineering Practices into Teaching and Learning
STEM Teaching Tool #30
Marietta City Schools Instructional Framework for Science Classrooms
Presentation Slides
Prompts for Integrating Crosscutting Concepts into Instruction and Assessments
STEM Teaching Tools #41

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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This session will take teachers behind the scenes of 3D Science to learn firsthand how phenomena draws every student into the scientific learning process.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will experience as students how a phenomenon serves as a bridge connecting cultural differences, science strands, and sense making strategies.

SPEAKERS:
Candice Taylor (Marietta Middle School: Marietta, GA), Keisha Kirkpatrick (Marietta High School: Marietta, GA)

NARST-Sponsored Session: Science Learning, Theatre, and Practices of Respect: Generative Engagement through Embodying Science in Urban Elementary Classrooms

Thursday, March 23 • 3:40 PM - 4:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B303


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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The session uses embodied performances to support students’ science engagement. This interdisciplinary approach creates opportunities for multimodal literacies (e.g., body movement, oral/written texts, sound/music) that students can use to construct & communicate science knowledge & identities.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to use theatre practices (i.e., adaptation, embodiment, affirming ideas, & representing transformation) to support their students’ learning of science ideas, concepts, practices, & development of science identities in elementary/middle school classrooms via science theatre.

SPEAKERS:
Maria Rosario (Teacher: Chicago, IL), Stephanie Spezza (Graduate student), Jaegen Ellison (Teaching Artist/Educator), Miguel Melchor (DeWitt Clinton Elementary School: Chicago, IL), Rebecca Kotler (Postdoctoral Research Associate)

Exploring Practices, Nature of Science, and Science in Society: Analyzing Historical Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A402



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Analyzing Primary Sources_NOS
Session PPT
Connecting List
List of connecting items for opening activity
Primary Sources in the Science Classroom_Cross Cutting Concepts_Phenomena.pdf
Universe Slices
PDF of primary sources used for main activity
Using Primary Sources in Science Classroom_Nature of Science Focus

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Practice hands-on strategies for engaging students with scientific notebooks, letters, photos, drawings and more! These free online resources elevate the stories behind scientific endeavor, highlighting scientific practices, the nature of science, and connections between science and society.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn how to access millions of free digitized primary sources and practice hands-on strategies for using them to promote critical thinking skills and a deeper understanding of real-world scientific practices, the nature of science, and connections between science and society.

SPEAKERS:
Jacqueline Katz (Science Teacher), Michael Apfeldorf (Library of Congress: Washington, DC)

Helping Students Read Like a Scientist

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B305



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Helping Students Read Like Scientists.pptx
PowerPoint with strategies to support struggling readers, either due to reading or engagement.
Resources used in this presentation Google Folder

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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NGSS SEP 8 requires students to read like scientists. Develop questions and learn strategies to support student understanding of how to read like scientists.

TAKEAWAYS:
Part of scientific literacy is being able to access science news articles. Learn strategies to use in the classroom to support your students to read like scientists.

SPEAKERS:
Janel McPhillips (Calvert County Public Schools: Prince Frederick, MD)

Supporting All Students Make Sense of Phenomena By Building All of Their Intellectual Resources

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B406a/b



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OER PD Module Supporting All Students to Make Sense of Phenomena
In this workshop, we will build our capacity to identify the range of intellectual resources students use as they make sense of phenomena. We will first explore how equity and justice relate to culture-based approaches to pedagogy—and then focus on how to identify and leverage the resources students use in moments of sensemaking.
Principles of Equitable Science Instruction
STEM Teaching Tool How can I promote equitable sensemaking
In a phenomena-focused, 3D approach to science learning, students use science practices to consider each other’s ideas based on available interpretations and evidence. To promote deep and equitable learning, plan purposefully to ensure that the various perspectives that students bring to making sense of phenomena are solicited, clarifed, and considered. It is important to support students as they develop a shared understanding of the diferent perspectives in the group.
STEM Teaching Tool Implementing Meaningful STEM Education with Indigenous Stude
Indigenous ways of knowing are often perceived to be contrary to STEM learning, but they are in fact powerful resources for learning. STEM instruction should be made inclusive for Indigenous students by building connections between Indigenous and Western STEM. There are a set of strategies teachers can use to intentionally incorporate indigenous ways of knowing into STEM learning environments—both in and out of school and in relation to family and community.
STEM Teaching Tool Research Brief The Informal Formative Assessment Cycle
Informal formative assessment in the classroom takes place when a teacher elicits student thinking and makes immediate use of this knowledge in instruction. In this study, researchers studied three teachers with varying informal assessment practices to explore the nature of informal formative assessment and its connection to student learning.

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Students bring amazing intellectual resources to make sense of natural phenomena. Come learn how to notice and leverage them in your teaching.

TAKEAWAYS:
Culturally responsive education supports student sensemaking and learning in science. Inclusive science strategies help teachers learn to see students’ sense-making resources. These methods help us create and adapt curriculum that is equitable and justice centered.

SPEAKERS:
Deb Morrison (Educator and Learning Scientist: Seattle, WA), Philip Bell (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

Leverage Real-World & Daily Data as a Hook to “Analyze & Interpret”

Friday, March 24 • 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - C208



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https://dataspire.tiny.us/03-24-23
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STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Why do many students struggle with data? We will explore strategies for finding high quality datasets and discuss different approaches of building data skills by integrating real-time data into our teaching. Data as our instructional hook can result in changes for all of our students' data skills.

TAKEAWAYS:
Review ways to leverage real-world data -- including personalized or daily data -- to enhance all students’ ability to access and make sense of data as parts of our instructional practices and/or adjust the curriculum you have.

SPEAKERS:
Kristin Hunter-Thomson (Dataspire Education & Evaluation, LLC)

Making Sense of Data Through the Crosscutting Concepts

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B401


STRAND: No Strand

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Join members of NSTA’s Professional Learning Committee to explore effective strategies and resources that focus on helping students make sense of data using the Crosscutting Concepts. In this session, you will have the opportunity to engage with the strategies and consider how to implement them with

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will leave with sensemaking strategies for engaging students in the Science and Engineering Practice of Analyzing and Interpreting Data, through the lens of the Crosscutting Concept of Patterns, that can immediately be implemented with students!

SPEAKERS:
Kimberley Astle (Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction: Olympia, WA), Rebecca Garelli (Arizona Science Teachers Association)

Dinosaur Tracks and Traces - Every Footprint Tells a Story

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B305



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Beneski Museum Track Guide with Video Links
How Are Tracks Formed - Amherst College Beneski Museum
Inventing Ichnology Handout
Making Sense of Dinosaur Tracks Article

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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The study of trace fossils is an exciting way to explore the past. Join the Wade Institute for Science Education and Amherst College’s Beneski Museum in an inquiry-based session to guide your students through the application of the SEPs in creating and interpreting their own dinosaur stories.

TAKEAWAYS:
In this session participants will gain experience with using the phenomenon of dinosaur tracks and trace fossils as a powerful tool for student engagement, and leave the session with guidelines for creating track stories, and using those track stories to expand their student’s use of the SEPs.

SPEAKERS:
Allison Pagliaro (Wade Institute for Science Education: Quincy, MA), Alfred Venne (Museum Educator: Amherst, MA), Kathryn Atkins (Wade Institute for Science Education: Quincy, MA)

Exit Ticket Design Sprint - Prioritizing Student Experience in 3D Learning

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B407



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NSTA 2023 Landing Page

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Engage in a mini design sprint to develop curriculum aligned exit tickets for use in your classroom. Together, we will use an equity framework and Universal Design to design exit tickets that support equitable sensemaking and 3D science learning. You will walk away with a set of exit tickets to asse

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will leave with a set of exit ticket prompts to support 3D science learning in their classrooms. These prompts can be used to gain insight into their students’ experiences to support their 3D sensemaking.

SPEAKERS:
Katie Van Horne (Concolor Research: Orlando, FL), Dawn Novak (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL)

How to Create Learning Experiences Around Meaningful and Authentic Phenomena or Problems

Saturday, March 25 • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B409


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Meaningful phenomena and authentic problems make learning experiences in science classrooms more relevant and equitable for students. Come learn what makes phenomena meaningful and problems authentic and then leave with some high-quality instructional materials that you can use in your classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
Meaningful phenomena and authentic problems are more than a hook or an example – they drive learning and provide a context for sense-making.

SPEAKERS:
Victor Sampson (The University of Texas at Austin: Austin, TX)

Urban Heat Islands: Using scale to identify solutions

Saturday, March 25 • 10:20 AM - 11:20 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A401


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Climate change has exacerbated the urban heat island issue. Understanding the issue at different spatial scales helps us clarify the problem and identify solutions. Participants unpack the science of urban heat islands at local and regional scales, and identify solutions to reduce the impacts.

TAKEAWAYS:
Urban heat islands are studied at local and regional scales using simple instruments, and remote sensing data to view the impact over time and space. Understanding the causes and effects of urban heat islands at different scales will ensure effective solutions are implemented to reduce the impacts.

SPEAKERS:
Desiray Wilson (Science Systems and Applications, Inc.: Hampton, VA), Missy Holzer (Chatham High School: Chatham, LA)

Get Outside! Uniting K-12 Educators in Rural, Suburban, and Urban Communities Across the Watershed

Saturday, March 25 • 10:20 AM - 11:20 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B304


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Participants will learn strategies for implementing Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences in their classrooms. Strategies include how to build relationships with community partners, finding local spaces to use to conduct investigations, and how to engage students in field-based investigations.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will have a “front row seat” and get hands-on experience with the resources needed to implement a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience. Participants will walk away with specific strategies for building partnerships and gaining resources to support their instruction.

SPEAKERS:
Alexis Tharpe (ODU Research Foundation TCEP: Norfolk, VA 23508, VA), Venicia Ferrell (Research Assistant Professor: Norfolk, VA)

Scaffolded Modeling: Showing Your Thinking Through Self-Directed Learning

Saturday, March 25 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A316


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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How do you help a student who gets stuck on a critical thinking task without giving them an answer? Explore modeling prompts for scientific phenomena to dig deeper and communicate your understanding that you can implement with the students so they can produce exemplary work.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will practice using modeling prompts they can bring to their classes to support student learning while utilizing evidence statements to ensure student empowerment and consistency across the curriculum.

SPEAKERS:
Erik Bullock (Grade 6 Science Teacher: Vienna, 0), Allison Wise (American Community School of Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

What is Modeling, Anyway?

Saturday, March 25 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B310


STRAND: Research to Practice

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You are using models in your science classroom, but are your students MODELING to make sense of systems and phenomena? Come to this hands-on session to learn more about modeling as a sensemaking practice and how to integrate meaningful modeling experiences into your science classroom!

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will come away from this session with a deeper understanding of modeling as a sensemaking practice, having engaged with multiple models and with ideas about how to integrate more modeling in their own classrooms, support discourse, and formatively assess students’ modeling practice.

SPEAKERS:
Lauren Saenz (Researcher: , ME), Alison Miller (Bowdoin College: Brunswick, ME)

A Phenomenal Approach to Notebooking: Putting the Interaction into Interactive Notebooks

Saturday, March 25 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A401



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NSTA 2023.pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Make student thinking come to life with notebooks! Increase the rigor of student work—learn new strategies for organizing content and how to use templates for any science class. Take home many current NGSS classroom examples to get you started.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. The how and why of science notebooks; 2. Engaging ALL students in science; and 3. Templates scaffold student learning for success.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Weibert (Fresno County Office of Education: Fresno, CA)

More than just a hook: Using anchoring phenomena to support student sensemaking throughout an entire unit

Saturday, March 25 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B304



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2023 [email protected]
contains links to all BC OEI presentations at the 2023 NSTA conference in held in April 2023 in Atlanta

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Increase your ability to use phenomena to anchor sensemaking throughout an entire unit rather than simply hook students’ interests. We will explore examples from the free OpenSciEd curriculum to show how to anchor entire units in a phenomenon and support students to make sense of the natural world.

TAKEAWAYS:
Phenomenon-based instruction is not about grabbing interest or demonstrating concepts, but rather anchoring sensemaking throughout a unit in explaining an observable event. Tools like the driving question board and progress tracker can focus student thinking on figuring out an anchoring phenomenon.

SPEAKERS:
Jamie Noll (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO), Bruce Kamerer (Boston College: Chestnut Hill, MA), Ji-Sun Ham (School Support Specialist: Chestnut Hill, MA), Benjamin Lowell (New York University: New York, NY)

Making Sense of Surface Heating in Human and Natural Systems

Saturday, March 25 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B401



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Making Sense of Surface Heating in Human and Natural Systems (1).pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Experience the process of sensemaking by investigating surface heating from a student perspective. With a focus on student ideas, explore methods for engaging students in the three dimensions of science learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learning through place-based, student-centered, teacher-facilitated science inquiry increases student engagement in and ownership of learning and promotes student growth in science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts.

SPEAKERS:
Loris Chen (Science Education Consultant: Fair Lawn, NJ)

Perception Science + Real-World Data + Data Visualization = Enhancing Students’ Data Analysis & Interpretation

Saturday, March 25 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B407



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https://dataspire.tiny.us/03-25-23
To access resources from the session please complete this short form. We will email you the slide deck following the session.

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Do your students struggle to make sense of graphs? You're not alone. Join us to explore new ways to leverage how our eyes work to make working with graphs and real-world data easier for your students. Gain strategies you can use this week regardless of what curriculum or graphing programs you use.

TAKEAWAYS:
Access classroom-ready strategies to better leverage graphs from online data portals and ways to better set students up for success to make sense of data patterns in any graph they are using in your science classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Kristin Hunter-Thomson (Dataspire Education & Evaluation, LLC)

Hexagonal Thinking in the Science Classroom

Saturday, March 25 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A314



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Hexagonal Thinking Resources

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Hexagonal Thinking ensures the learning environment features a high degree of student engagement by providing a framework for academic discussion where all students participate. Attendees experience Hexagonal Thinking using science, math and engineering concepts to make connections between them.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn a hands-on strategy that will help students make connections between academic vocabulary, engineering practices and science concepts visible in the classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Miranda Rosenhoover (Aledo ISD: Aledo, TX)

A better way to take notes! Visually processing science content with sketchnotes.

Saturday, March 25 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B403



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NSTA 2023.pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Students love sketchnoting in science! Come learn how visual notetaking leads to deep processing and retention of content. Editable templates will be provided.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. What are sketchnotes; 2. How to use sketchnotes in science; and 3. How to greatly increase student processing.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Weibert (Fresno County Office of Education: Fresno, CA)

It Just Works! Science Demonstrations and Thinking Routines for All

Saturday, March 25 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A315


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Join us as we explore the connection between science demonstrations and thinking routines. Discover how these two teaching tools, uncover student misconceptions, activate prior knowledge, and engage students in sensemaking by integrating literacy with science.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will takeaway a series of engaging science demos/activities that have been purposefully paired with literacy strategies to help develop important thinking routines students can use when approaching a problem, issue or challenge in science.

SPEAKERS:
Lionel Sandner (Edvantage Interactive: Sidney, BC), Sandra Mirabelli (Brock University: Burlington, ON)

Development of the 5th C-(Citizenship) of 21st Century Skills and CRE into an Inclusive STEAM Classroom

Saturday, March 25 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C211


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Creating an inclusive learning environment requires dedication and creativity for incorporating the success skills (21st Century Skills) such as citizenship with culturally relevant education for crafting STEAM and science curriculum.

TAKEAWAYS:
Main goal of the workshops is using the CRE into STEAM or science lesson or unit plan on any topic or subject matter.

SPEAKERS:
Jenniffer Stetler (Chamblee Middle School: Chamblee, GA)

Tips and Tricks: Turning Curriculum Into Accessible Learning Opportunities For All!

Saturday, March 25 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B311


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Adopting curriculums is a top priority for many schools across the nation. While curriculums are useful, they often have shortcomings. One shortcoming we often see in schools is a lack of engagement between the students and the content. In this session, we will explore strategies that align with the 5E Instructional Cycle and UDL that can be easily implemented with the curriculums adopted by schools and provide opportunities for students to engage with science and engineering practices. The strategies can be implemented immediately in the classroom setting. Each strategy presented can be leveled up or leveled down for varied grade levels, including differentiated supports in class to support the varied learners in a classroom. Engage strategies include Observations and Questions and Four Corners. Both are low stakes and engage learning with phenomena immediately. The Explain strategy leverages reading in science and makes it accessible through targeted questions and scaffolding.

TAKEAWAYS:
Small shifts in the curriculum can make large shifts to develop an inclusive classroom environment. Science should be accessible for all and by taking prescribed curriculum and making a few adjustments, all students can engage in science learning.

SPEAKERS:
Whitney McCormick (Alliance College Ready Public Schools: Los Angeles, CA), Sheena Velasquez (Alliance College-Ready Public Schools: Los Angeles, CA)

Fill Your Teacher Toolbox! 30+ Free Strategies, Activities, Templates and Resources Designed to Increase Student Engagement and Achievement for ALL Learners

Saturday, March 25 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B313a


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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With increasing diversity in student populations and continued focus on STEM education, new approaches are needed to increase student interest and literacy in science. Student success in the science classroom requires that they be authentically engaged as they investigate and communicate their understanding of scientific phenomena. In this session, participants will receive 30+ classroom-ready strategies, activities, games, templates, and resources that will help engage all learners and increase student achievement in various domains of science. The resources and strategies provided will help participants teaching grade 6 and higher motivate even the most unengaged students. Resources and strategies target areas of the 5- E Model of instruction. Many activities can be used as formative assessments to assess student learning. Participants may modify the activities based on the content they teach and the academic level of student groups and individual students.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will explore resources including activities, templates, games, etc. they can use to increase the scientific literacy and engagement of all students. These can be used “as is” or modified to include other content based on the needs of the learners.

SPEAKERS:
Iris Mudd (Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools: Winston Salem, NC)

Questions are the Answer: How to scaffold students’ thinking without telling them the answers.

Saturday, March 25 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A314


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Although questions are an important aspect of effective science teaching, many science teachers may not be aware of the questions they ask. This session will show three questioning strategies including SHARE (Wilcox et al., 2021), using students’ responses to drive the conversation forward, and convergent/divergent questions. We will demonstrate the questioning techniques during a 5E where we use specimens preserved in acrylic to investigate the structure/function relationships (1-LS1-1, 4-LS1-1) and to consider homologous and analogous structures (MS-LS4-2).

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn three different questioning strategies they can use with their students. Additionally, participants will experience these questions in action as the presenters will use life science examples to teach the questioning strategies.

SPEAKERS:
Carson McClain (Student), Jesse Wilcox (University of Northern Iowa: Cedar Falls, IA)

Using Inquiry-based STEM to facilitate learning for all

Saturday, March 25 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A305



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Code used for Demonstration of Physical Computing.pdf

STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Physical computing allows students to design and create interactive objects that emphasize computational thinking skills. Participants will engage in activities designed for middle school students.

TAKEAWAYS:
Microcontrollers are small computers that come with several integrated sensors. Their functionality makes them useful for both investigations and engineering projects. We will focus in how engineering tasks using microcontrollers provide opportunities for student sensemaking.

SPEAKERS:
G. Michael Bowen (Mount Saint Vincent University: Halifax, NS), Susan German (Hallsville Middle School: Hallsville, MO)

YouthAstroNet: Promoting equitable STE(A)M learning using online telescopes

Saturday, March 25 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A403


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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The sky belongs to everyone - including middle-school age youth. Learn how to join the Youth Astronomy Network (YouthAstroNet) of the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, where your students can tell their own star stories using images they capture from real robotic telescopes.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn YouthAstroNet’s strategies for engaging students from culturally diverse backgrounds in accessible, relevant and meaningful exploration of their place in the cosmos and find out how they can join the YouthAstroNet online community, supported by the National Science Foundation

SPEAKERS:
Erika Wright (Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian: Cambridge, MA), Mary Dussault (Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian: Cambridge, MA)

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