What are The Next-Generation Science Standards?

Whether you’ve been teaching for a few months or a few decades, you may have asked yourself, what are The Next-Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? While teaching to the NGSS may seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. Let’s explore an overview of the NGSS and unpack them in a way

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Strategies to Activate Prior Knowledge

Students enter our classrooms with a wealth of prior knowledge. Whether it be from life experiences or lessons learned from previous formal education, students’ prior knowledge is important and should be leveraged in the classroom. Let’s discuss 3 simple strategies to active prior knowledge. The Importance of Activating Prior Knowledge

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Examples of Student-Centered Learning

As a first-year teacher, I often stood in front of the classroom lecturing while my students sat at their seats and copied notes. While I knew this wasn’t the most effective nor engaging way to teach, I wasn’t sure of what else to do. Moreover, with limited time and resources

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Activities for the Beginning of the School Year

Summer’s over, *sigh*, and the new school year is beginning. We’re usually sad to see the summer go. However, the beginning of the school year is an exciting, fresh start. There are a bunch of ways to spend those first few crucial days. Moreover, what you do at the beginning

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I create differentiated, literacy-based science lessons for middle school teachers of diverse learners. 

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