PK-12 Science Coordinator in the Kansas City, Missouri Metro. Our district serves around 9,000 students.
Fri, Dec 20, 2019 1:21 PM in Teaching toward the State Test
It’s unfortunate that we’ve build a national culture focused so heavily on high-stakes testing that provides only the narrowest of “snapshots” about what a student actually knows and is able to do. Such as it is, this is our reality.
I have always said, and continue to believe, that achievement on a state test is one of many byproducts of quality Tier 1 teaching. If we stay focused on what we ...
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Thu, Dec 19, 2019 3:40 PM in Engaging Students
Hi, Bola –
In addition to the chorus of folks suggesting the use of phenomena and hands on experiences (YES!), let me also mention the importance of asking students to generate questions at the start of a new topic. I always encourage the teachers I support to include time for students to generate questions as part of their engage lesson.
You might refer to Science and Engineering practice ...
Thu, Dec 19, 2019 3:28 PM in Standards Based Grading - Priority Standards
Hi, Amy –
I struggle with this. I don’t feel like you can really prioritize one standard over the next with NGSS. We have a similar situation with ELA/Math, but there are SO MANY MORE standards for them. We already have units with 2-3 (typically) standards in them and I’m just not willing to mark one as more important than the other.
If you are forced to, as sometimes we are, I would strong...
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Instructional Sequence Matters, Grades 6–8: Structuring Lessons With the NGSS in Mind
Tue, Dec 18, 2018 2:41 PM Practical & Informative
This text is useful to coaches and teachers alike. With many concrete examples, this book is easy to read and provides multiple examples of teaching with intention. Highly recommended!
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