Professional Learning

The Wheels are Turning

I am in Orlando, Florida this week working on my own professional learning at the 2017 Learning Forward (LF) annual conference (https://learningforward.org/). Tis the season for this educator to learn and grow with colleagues. It is a week where we immerse ourselves in a like-minded culture. We are behind the curtain of Professional Learning to… Continue Reading

Then and Now, From Scientific Inquiry to Three Dimensional

 I was excited to see a recent email from the National Science Teachers Association with the headline, “Congratulations New Mexico for Adopting the NGSS.” To date, 20 states, along with the District of Columbia, have officially adopted the Next Generation Science Standards. As an educator who holds science close to my heart, it is very… Continue Reading

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