Author Archives: Deb Porcarelli

Teaching Nuggets Shared

The AIMS Professional Learning (PL) cadre of facilitators are classroom teachers from all over the United States. As a group, we work together to understand current best practices and how to better facilitate effective PL that is content-focused, active, collaborative, uses models and modeling, feedback and reflection, and is sustained over time. Because we are… Continue Reading

Discourse in Three

Have you ever been motivated, engaged, and thinking about something in a new or different way? What was the conversation about that made it meaningful? In science classrooms, teachers are asked to engage students in scientific discourse and make it meaningful. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) lists eight Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs). They… Continue Reading

If Only I’d Had the NGSS

For four years, I taught science every morning from 8:20AM – 9:10AM. I had a third and fourth grade combination that period because the third-grade teacher and I had swapped a couple of subjects. She took my Art class and I took her Science class. I thought that was a pretty good deal. I put… Continue Reading

One Week, Two Countries, and Three Conferences

Last week, three of us from the AIMS Professional Learning Division had the opportunity to participate in, and present at, three different conferences in the United States and Canada. The three conferences were the Montana Educators conference in Missoula, MT, the Florida Association of Science Teachers Conference in Orlando, FL, and the Manitoba Teachers of… Continue Reading

Playing Our Part to Roll Out Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. They were finalized in April of 2013. California is one state that has adopted the… Continue Reading

Reading Is The Key

Some weeks I wonder about what to share in these posts. I think about what to write as soon as I have submitted my previous post. To get my creative juices flowing, I spend time reading about current affairs in professional learning. I like reading and knowing about current events in education, and I usually… Continue Reading

Are You a Lifelong Learner?

We should always be learning. Are you a self-professed learner for life? I like stories about people’s lifelong learning journeys. We are presented with daily learning opportunities, but it is the how and why of people’s stories that I like the best. People who have a yearning for more information and knowledge are what make… Continue Reading