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Archive: NGSS Core Ideas: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits, February 25, 2014

This web seminar took place on February 25, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time. The presenter was Ravit Golan Duncan of Rutgers University. This was the tenth web seminar in a series focused on the disciplinary core ideas that are part of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The program featured strategies for teaching about life science concepts that answer questions such as "How are the characteristics of one generation related to the previous generation?" and "Why do individuals of the same species vary in how they look, function, and behave?"

Dr. Duncan began the presentation by discussing the importance of heredity as a disciplinary core idea. She then described how student learning should progress across grade levels and showed examples of common preconceptions. Dr. Duncan also shared strategies and resources for teaching about heredity. Participants had the opportunity to submit their questions and comments in the chat.

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Below are comments from individuals who attended the seminar:

  • ""Excellent seminar with great coverage of content and the relevant performances, etc. Great info about teaching ideas and resources.""
  • ""It offered so many resources that make teaching this topic so much easier; I am planning to use them when planning for my spring life science unit.""

A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' account page for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

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