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Using PhET Simulations to Explore the Cause and Effect Relationship between Forces and Motion

One of my goals this year is to develop a third grade forces and motion curriculum with a team of Burlington elementary teachers.  While this work is only in its infancy I am optimistic then at least one of the … 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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#LessTesting, More Learning and What it Means to Me

This week the Massachusetts Teachers Association is campaigning against the quantity of high stakes testing being done in K-12 schools across the commonwealth. With the campaign coinciding with our first-grade tide pool field trips, I’ve had an opportunity to engage … Continue reading

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Mapping Burlington’s Next Generation of Science Curriculum

Even the untrained eye can look across the NGSS elementary science standards, (and the adapted version Massachusetts) to see that there are several connections between what have traditionally been taught as separate disciplines of Earth, Life, and Physical Science. To … Continue reading

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Considering Changes to Your K-5 Science Curriculum?

I recently received an email from a colleague in Randolph wondering about how the Burlington Public Schools and the Burlington Science Center intend to implement new NGSS-adapted state standards across grades K-12. After our initial meetings with the superintendent and all … Continue reading

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Questions for Evaluating Content and Curriculum Resources

Tomorrow is an exciting day for Burlington’s Science Curriculum Council. Members will be spending the full meeting to more deeply and critically explore the Discovery Education content / curriclum website along with their new Science Techbooks. As our learning tools … Continue reading

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