Resources for Teachers

Course Description

This is an active, hands-on workshop designed especially for middle school science teachers who want to experience what NGSS instruction and assessment looks like in the classroom. During the workshop we will explore how lessons and units can be three-dimensional - including the three components of NGSS: Disciplinary Core Ideas, Scientific and Engineering Practices, and Cross-Cutting Concepts. Teachers will conduct investigations and design solutions to problems that can be used in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. The practices of explaining phenomenon, modeling, supporting claims with evidence, and computational thinking will be emphasized. We will share strategies for:

• making student thinking visible,

• engaging students in science discourse,

• supporting English Language Learners, and

• using questioning as a tool for getting at cross-cutting concepts.

You will walk away with lessons and resources that can be used right away and will learn strategies and resources that will help you “Next-Genify” lessons that you currently teach.

Link for the Agenda for the Day

  • Make name tent for desk and sign in 
    • What is your name?
    • What is your school? Grade and Subjects you teach? Other roles at school? 
    • What is your favorite Activity?
    • What can you draw that symbolizes you?

Identifying Student (and Teacher) Misconceptions prior to instruction. There are several different resources that will help you do this.

Earth Science: Weather and Climate  
Earth Science: Space
Assessment: Changing the Way We Assess Student Learning
Evaluation of the Course