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What are NGSS Evidence Statements?

Posted by David Alviar on September 13, 2018

The NGSS have undergone numerous evolutions since their inception. Among the most powerful (and most recent) are the addition of evidence statements. The three dimensions—disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting connections—already provide context for how students can demonstrate knowledge and how the performance expectation can be applied. The new evidence statements take this process a step further.

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Topics: STEMscopes NGSS 3D, NGSS, Evidence Statements, three dimensions, disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, crosscutting connections, performance expectations, students demonstrate knowledge

The Flipped Classroom

Posted by David Alviar on September 07, 2018

To Flip or Not to Flip?

The flipped classroom is a hot buzz term in education circles right now, but it is often more hype than sound educational practice. Pedagogically, in the flipped classroom model students gain independent exposure to new content (readings, videos, at-home activities, etc.) prior to the start of in-class instruction. Class time is used to focus on deeper learning, problem-solving, higher-order thinking/activities on Bloom’s Taxonomy, debate, and and other interactive activities (Brame, 2013).

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Topics: flipped classroom, hands-on learning, teaching science, investigate phenomenon, flipped instructional model