After looking at the Performance Expectations for third graders, I questioned whether they would have the knowledge to meet the targets. Wondering if experiences in K-2 would build that knowledge, I decided to examine the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for just the Physical Sciences in grades K-5.

Here’s a…


Standards for education are defined by the Common Core as “learning goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level”. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) take this definition to a new level by describing targets. These targets are performance expectations for all students…


What are anchoring phenomena? How are they tied with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)?

The Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) (p. 25) explains that over the K-12 years, students will work to explain phenomena and to design solutions to real world problems. …


The framework is designed to help realize a vision for education in the sciences and engineering in which students, over multiple years of school, actively engage in scientific and engineering practices and apply crosscutting concepts to deepen understanding of the core ideas in these fields.

A Framework for K-12 Science…


Some important themes pervade science, mathematics, and technology and appear over and over again, whether we are looking at an ancient civilization, the human body, or a comet. They are ideas that transcend disciplinary boundaries and prove fruitful in explanation, in theory, in observation, and in design.

— American Association…


One of the many beautiful things about A Framework for K-12 Science Education turns out to be actually eight things: These eight things are the eight science and engineering practices. We need to know them. Our students need to know them by actually doing them. They are one of three…


The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were released in April 2012. We may be ringing in 2019 seven years later, but some states are just beginning to consider their implementation. Unlike the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics that hit our education world by storm in…


Flexible seating may be all the rage and supported by research, but what happens when it is not working in your classroom? What do you do? Do you pack it all up and send it back to the donors with thank you notes for the gifts, but sorry this just…


When scrolling through beautiful images of classrooms on Instagram and Pinterest, vibrant colors, well-coordinated themes, and lots of decor accessories catch my eye and surely equate to lots of traffic. I’m a big fan and can find myself pining for more money and more time to recreate the same amazing…


Regardless of your role in education, there are two words that need to be in your tool kit: #YouMatter! The hashtag was started by Angela Maiers and you can read more about her mission here. I’ve never met Angela Maiers (#yet), but an #EduHero in my district, Brendan Fetters, has…

Elizabeth Chapman

3rd Grade Teacher of Future World Leaders, #NCStateCED MAT alum

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