In this episode, Nicole and Erin discuss the biggest differences that come with the NGSS. Implementing them in your classroom requires some significant changes in your teaching practice. Learn what those major shifts are.
What are the biggest changes that come with the shift to the NGSS?
Nicole & Erin check-in and catch up. This episode was recorded during the summer. The two of them discuss how their summers are different.
NGSS Change #1: Using and Discovery-Based Approach (4:12)
The first difference Nicole discusses is using a discovery-based approach. When using a discovery-based approach, students discover content through investigation rather than through lectures.
Nicole describes how a discovery-based approach is different than a traditional model of learning. She describes how she guides students in their learning.
NGSS Change#2: Moving to a Student-Centered Classroom (6:40)
Traditional science classes are teacher-led. But, that is not the case with an NGSS classroom. Unfortunately, Erin admits that when she started teaching her classes were mostly lecture based.
However, Erin rarely lectures in her classroom anymore. She discusses how students take the lead in her classroom.
NGSS Change #3: Using the Science and Engineering Practices (13:12)
Many traditional science classes start with the Scientific Method. However, in an NGSS aligned classroom, students should learn to use the Science and Engineering Practices instead.
In an NGSS aligned class, students learn to use the practices like tools on a toolbelt. They choose the tool that helps them with the job.
Furthermore, students should not be provided with “cookie-cutter labs”. Students do not plan investigations with these types of labs. Rather, they are passive participants.
NGSS Change #4: Using a 3-Dimensional Approach in your Classroom (16:50)
The third change is a shift to a 3-dimensional approach.
A 3-dimensional lesson includes links to the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts within a single lesson sequence. The Crosscutting Concepts are often the last piece that is included in your instruction.
NGSS Change #5: Using Phenomena and Storylines in (20:11)
Your NGSS lessons are built around phenomena. Students gradually build their understanding of phenomena through your storyline.
Learn More with Erin and Nicole
- Erin's Blog Post: Your Questions About Three-Dimensional Learning Answered
- Nicole's Intro to the NGSS Mini Course
- Nicole's Blog Post: Science Phenomena for Your NGSS Storylines
- Erin's Blog Post: Using Student Questions in Your Storylines
- Season 1 Episode 2: How You Can Incorporate Phenomena
Resources Mentioned in this Episode
- NSTA Matrix for the Science and Engineering Practices: Use this matrix to make sure that you are using the practices in your classroom at the appropriate grade level band.