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ERIC Number: EJ1114800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Making the Transition to Three-Dimensional Teaching: An NGSS@NSTA Curator and Elementary Science Specialist Shares How to Evaluate Teaching Materials Using the EQuIP Rubric
O'Day, Betsy
Science and Children, v53 n9 p26-30 Jul 2016
Curriculum and lesson planning require the consideration of many things. With a shift to the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS"), integrating the dimensions of science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts becomes a focus of that planning. The author, Betsy O'Day, an elementary science specialist, is responsible for both fourth- and fifth-grade levels' science curriculums. After the "NGSS" were released, O'Day was given the opportunity to serve as an NGSS@NSTA curator. Curators are using the EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) rubric developed by Achieve and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to evaluate resources. This article shares how to evaluate teaching materials using the EQuIP rubric. The rubric has a strong focus on explaining phenomena and designing solutions to problems as well as a focus on the opportunities that the materials provide for student engagement in the practices with the core ideas and crosscutting concepts. While it is likely that only elements of dimensions may be present in a lesson, instruction should be building toward a bundle of performance expectations using an integrated, coherent three-dimensional approach.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
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