Category Archives: NGSS

Modeling Celestial Motions and Next Generation Professional Development

The video, “Private Universe” showcasing Harvard graduates stumbling over the reasons for the seasons has thousands of views on YouTube and has been shared countless other times in science-ed classrooms. The sometimes laughable explanation are enough to make any space science educator … Continue reading

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Assessing Human Impact in the Cafeteria

Hundreds of mouths stood agape as six students in white “haz-mat” suits picked through a mountainous pile of trays, plastic wrappers, tater tots and pizza sticks. Shrieks and “ewwwwwww”s carried through the gymnasium. Students and teachers collectively held their noses. … Continue reading

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Implementing Elementary Science Standards: The Burlington Approach

  With the next generation of Science, Technology, and Engineering standards for Massachusetts adopted this past week by the MA Board of Education, a great deal of buzz was in the Grandview ballroom in Burlington, the site of Cambridge College’s … Continue reading

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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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