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Join NSTA’s Book Study and Gain 40 Hours of Personalized Professional Learning

If you’re beginning the school year feeling like you need more support with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), NSTA has the answer for you! This September and October, NSTA is offering Shifting to the NGSS: Professional Book Study for … Continue reading

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Helping Students Take Control of Their Learning by Cindy Abel

I am responsible for teaching my students how to think, learn, solve problems, and make informed decisions. I firmly believe that science is everywhere and affects all aspects of our daily lives, from the food we eat to the way … Continue reading

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A Physics Teaching Approach That Supports Real-World Science by Matt Holsten

Traditional physics education can leave many students confused, bored, or without the conceptual understanding of the equations they are required to memorize. I prefer an approach that allows students to use evidence to express, clarify, and justify their ideas so … Continue reading

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Modeling How Students Can Share Ideas and Make Sense of Phenomena by Aaron Mueller

One of the most important steps I take to elicit student ideas in the classroom is to establish a classroom culture that makes students feel comfortable sharing their ideas. I take the time to develop a strong, receptive culture at … Continue reading

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Building Classroom Community in an NGSS-Aligned Elementary Science Classroom by Gretchen Brinza

In an elementary science classroom, it’s not incredibly challenging to motivate students to want to do science and engineering. I find that the students at the grade-level I teach (fifth) are excited about school and learning and their attitudes mirror … Continue reading

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Three Strategies for Building Classroom Community by Nicole Vick

As I reflect on the end of this school year, I think about how successful I was in building a classroom community. A key aspect of transitioning my classroom to three-dimensional teaching and learning was discussion. Knowing this, I spent … Continue reading

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Under Indefinite Construction: Creating an NGSS-Friendly Classroom Community by Megan Rowlands Elmore

When the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were first released, I struggled with how to create opportunities that allowed the students to investigate and question. These standards ask alot of our students and require more planning and instructional finesse in … Continue reading

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Get a KLEW(S)! Collaboration is Key for Translating Contemporary Research into Teaching, Learning Science by Kate Soriano

I first encountered the KLEWS teaching strategy in an article in Science and Children (NSTA 2015), “KLEWS to Explanation-Building in Science.” I shared the article and modeled the strategy with teachers who wanted to support their K–5 students in the … Continue reading

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Impact of Change by Jessica Holman and Michelle Schuster

If you were to walk into our classroom years ago, you would see students from all walks of life, and with a range of ability levels. All of the students were blended together to learn science and were eager to … Continue reading

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On the Path to the NGSS by Diane Johnson

As several reports have shown, it is critical for teachers to understand instructional strategies that are consistent with the NGSS vision, as well as to have the skills to implement them in their classrooms. I had the privilege of working … Continue reading

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