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ERIC Number: EJ1115075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Planning NGSS-Based Instruction: Where Do You Start?
Colson, Mary; Colson, Russ
Science and Children, v53 n6 p23-25 Feb 2016
Mary Colson is an eighth-grade Earth science teacher at Horizon Middle School, and Russ Colson is a professor of geology and Earth science education in the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science at Minnesota State University Moorhead, both in Moorhead, Minnesota. Since her first year in teaching eighth grade Earth science, in 1986, experience has taught Mary Colson to allow the students space to pursue their own questions more often. She writes that the result is nearly always greater student engagement in the lesson. Colson encourages science teachers to give themselves and students permission to pursue ideas that students find interesting. In planning to engage students in scientific practices, the authors write that they both frequiently remind themselves weekly of the following: (1) Real Learning takes time; (2) Engaging students with the practices takes lots of time; (3) It's okay to not cover everything; (4) It's okay to try something new and fail at it; and (5) The six most powerful instructional words in the New Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-friendly classroom are: "I don't know; let's find out."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A