Claim-Evidence-Reasoning In Science

How can you use the C-E-R format to engage students in arguing from evidence? In the last post, we took a look at the difference between arguments and explanations.  …

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Argumentation vs Explanation With The NGSS

What is the difference between argumentation and explanation? There are a lot of misunderstandings around when it comes to the Science and Engineering Practices, and the concept of argumentation definitely…

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NGSS Support Stations: Better Than Sliced Bread

Support Stations Can Foster Student Independence and Reduce Frustration! NGSS-style instruction can be full of challenges unique to this inquiry or discovery-oriented approach.  One major challenge for NGSS teachers is…

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Group Work Roles That Really Work

Using Group Work Roles To Actually Enhance Student Learning Group work is a HUGE part of NGSS classrooms.  Collaboration should be occurring daily - from the puzzling it out to…

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NGSS Modeling Is Not An Art Project

What do "good" models look like in NGSS classrooms? I’m just going to say it - those pretty “edible cell” projects, the Oreo lunar cycles, the “biome in a box”…

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Mixed Feelings: Making Homework Matter

How can you make homework a valuable learning experience? I will admit, I have mixed feelings about homework.  As a teacher, I understand it can be helpful to reinforce what’s…

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