Goal #2: Consider Instructional Implications
Goal #1: Identify the Outcomes of the Standards
An effective NGSS Topic Study engages adults as learners in the dimensions and performance expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards as they ponder and discuss what students should know and be able to do. There are three main goals of the NGSS Topic Study process. They are listed below along with general reflective and discussion questions for consideration among the study group members.
The Next Generation Science Standards establish a vision of what all students should know and be able to do to be considered literate in science as they leave high school. This is the base set of knowledge that all adults (including teachers) should have to be informed citizens and consumers in our knowledge and technology-driven global society.
- What "big ideas" and major concepts make up this topic?
- What examples or contexts were used to explain the ideas?
- What other new insights about the topic did you gain from your study?
Identify important considerations for K-12 or grade span instruction, provide a broad overview of the big ideas, concepts, and skills for K-12 students related to the topic, and suggest effective instructional strategies and contexts.
- What "big ideas" and concepts should students at your identified grade level know and be able to do with the topic you are studying?
- What student learning difficulties, misconceptions, or developmental considerations are mentioned?
- Are there explanations, examples, or investigations that you can use with students to explain concepts in an interesting or comprehensible way?
- How would you sequence the "big ideas" in an instructional sequence that makes sense?