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ERIC Number: EJ1117563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
Crafting a Masterpiece
Fumagalli, Mike
Science Teacher, v83 n5 p59-60 Jul 2016
Facing state assessments, new standards, and instructional shifts, teachers are often left with the DIY ("do it yourself") version of science teaching. Unfortunately, answering the question "What does quality science instruction look like in the classroom?" is not as easy as watching a few videos online. Fortunately, the EQuIP (Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) Rubric for Science answers that question. It provides specific criteria for determining alignment to the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013). While trying to understand the "NGSS" was, at first, like feeling through a dark room, professional learning opportunities dramatically boosted the authors understanding. In 2014, he attended an EQuIP Rubric workshop for "NGSS" adopting states. The author then worked with 10 colleagues (facilitated by Achieve, Inc.) to provide feedback on what would become the "NGSS" EQuIP Professional Learning Facilitator's Guide. During this past year, he has used this guide to help train educators on how to revise their instructional materials. The author also worked with a team of science educators developing EQuIP-reviewed lessons and rubrics that are now available online. In this article, the author presents his "Quick Startup" guide for using the rubric to help revise lessons and units.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A