Category Archives: NGSS

Unsure Where to Begin with New Science Standards? Try these “Crib Sheets”

This past week I met with a classroom teacher passionate about science, so much so that she had written her growth goals around making changes to better align with the draft performance expectations of Massachusetts’ updated science standards. With her new … Continue reading

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Discovering NGSS: A Facilitator’s Experience

I’ve been spending a lot of time of late examining boxed “NGSS ready” curriculums that might serve as the backbone to my district’s elementary curriculum-in-development. The sales experiences have often left me with more questions than answers about what me and … Continue reading

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Educators as “Curriculum Engineers”

I’ve been spending more and more time in elementary classrooms supporting and facilitating engineering units. One of the design process models we often use is the Museum of Science’s “Engineering is Elementary” design process, which asks students to “Ask, Imagine, … Continue reading

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Integrating Engineering into Elementary Science Curriculum

For the fourth installment of the Science Center’s “Next Generation Science Methods” course we modeled with our elementary educators how to effectively integrate the grades 3-5 engineering standards into a 5th grade earth systems and human activity unit. Before beginning teachers … Continue reading

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NSTA 2015 “MusselmanScience” Workshops

This year I’ll be participating in two workshops at the 2015 NSTA National Conference in Chicago. On Saturday, from 9:30 to 10:30 join me and many of my fellow NGSS@NSTA curators at the NGSS Share-a-Thon. With over 30 presenters sharing … Continue reading

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Exploring and Modeling Matter Phases and Changes

After some success last year with Mrs. Vissochi’s class and matter changes, it was apparent that more time had to be dedicated to understanding matter phases and how to model matter before such learning. So this year, Mrs. Finn opened … Continue reading

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Promoting the Practice of Asking Questions

This Thursday evening’s #NGSSChat centered around Practice #1 from the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices dimension: “Asking Questions and Defining Problems.” Many of my colleagues shared some important thoughts, ideas, and suggestions that we all need to be kept mindful … Continue reading

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