The 9 Principles to Creating Powerful NGSS Classrooms with Science Techbook

The duty of our school districts doesn’t just rest in educating our students for today, but in preparing them for what the future may hold.

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have been helping districts achieve that goal since their introduction in 2013 by improving science education for all K–12 students. At the same time, Science Techbook has become a powerful force in districts looking for a digital curriculum that allows students to go deeper with their science education.

Discovery Education’s latest white paper, Providing Next Generation K-12 Science Instruction, examines nine criteria for quality science instructional materials in line with NGSS, and how Science Techbook works hand-in-hand with each of them.

1. Creating a Three-Dimensional Learning Experience
Next generation K-12 science instruction supports students in three-dimensional learning, which is at the core of NGSS-based lessons. Different learning experiences are woven together to deepen student understanding of the disciplinary core ideas.

2. Assembling Lessons Coherently
Lessons should fit together coherently and help students develop appropriate intra- and inter-disciplinary connections. NGSS developers designed the standards to develop science literacy in all students and to provide the foundational knowledge needed for students who wish to pursue careers in science, engineering, and other technical fields.

3. Creating Meaningful Connections to Students’ Lives
NGSS instruction engages students in explaining phenomena that relate to students’ lives and designing solutions to problems with which students have experience.

4. Using Students’ Prior Knowledge and Learning Progressions
Next generation K-12 science instruction develops deeper understanding of the practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts by identifying and building on students’ prior knowledge.

5. Integrating Scientific Inquiry and Engineering Design
Next generation K-12 science instruction uses scientific inquiry AND engineering design as significant elements of the science program.

6. Bringing CCSS in Mathematics and ELA/Literacy into the Fold
Next generation K-12 science instruction deliberately connects science, mathematics, and ELA/literacy.

7. Integrating Digital Resources
Next generation K-12 science instruction uses digital resources to improve teaching and learning.

8. Using Powerful Student Assessments
Next generation K-12 science instruction requires ongoing assessment to support the development of rich and deep student understanding of all three dimensions of science.

9. Guiding Teachers with Professional Learning
Professional learning is key for teachers to develop the knowledge and skills needed to support students in three-dimensional learning.

Interested in learning more? Download the full white paper: Providing Next Generation K-12 Science Instruction.


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