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What does the NGSS actually mean for me and my classroom?

Understand the core tenets of the NGSS and and what it means for your classroom. The NGSS requires us to tailor our content to emphasize depth over breadth,  shift our focus to three dimensional instruction, and embrace instructional strategies that have students learning by doing.

Framing Your Curriculum

How can I develop cohesive and engaging units for a fully-aligned NGSS curriculum?

The NGSS Performance Expectations are not meant to be taught in isolation but rather are meant to be bundled together to create cohesive and engaging storylines used to explain natural phenomena.  Learn how to bundle your standards to save instructional time while helping students see connections between related concepts. 

NGSS units should begin with an anchoring phenomenon that frames student learning throughout the unit.  This puzzling phenomenon sparks engagement and drives instruction. Learn how to identify and use anchoring phenomenon in your NGSS-aligned units.

Storylines are a tool teachers can use to create cohesive and engaging units that help students see the connections between concepts. Learn what storylines are and how to use them to connect the NGSS Performance Expectations and Disciplinary Core Ideas and logically guide students toward conceptual understanding of science content.

Transforming Your Instruction

How can I embrace an NGSS-style of instruction in my classroom right now?

Evaluating the Performance Expectations requires a shift in our assessment approaches.  Learn the differences between traditional assessments and their three-dimensional counterparts and how to design assessments that truly align to the NGSS and actually evaluate the Performance Expectations.

The NGSS is all about engaging students in an "explore before explain" approach.  Students are meant to discover the concepts themselves through their application of Science and Engineering Practices. Learn how to create instructional sequences that guide students through this process using the 5E Instructional Framework. 

The 5E Model launches with Engage. Students are presented with phenomena that activate prior knowledge, spark curiosity, and generate questions in order to drive the storyline forward.  Take a deep dive into this phase, identifying both ideal activity formats and how to implement these activities to truly engage students. 

The Explore phase is what makes an NGSS lesson an NGSS lesson. These activities are designed to promote student discovery of the content -- one of the defining features of NGSS-aligned instruction.  Learn how to frame and implement Explore activities in this module.

The Explain phase - one very misunderstood stage of the 5E Model - typically follows the Explore phase. This is where the meaning-making happens. Discover how to transition Explore into Explain, utilize the two parts of the Explain phase, and support the development of student understanding in this module. 

The Elaborate phase offers students the opportunity to practice independently and extend their learning. Explore how you can craft three dimensional activities for this phase in this module.

Refining Your NGSS Style

How can I improve my instructional strategies and approaches to better align to the NGSS and its innovations?

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