Online course from Montana State University taught by Gerry Wheeler, emeritus executive director of the National Science Teachers Association.
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is a very comprehensive document, created by literally thousands of educators and scientists. But standards are not curriculum: They don’t guide science teachers on how to implement those standards in their classrooms. When schools adopt the NGSS, the work is just beginning. And, that work falls on the shoulders of curriculum developers and classroom teachers.
This online course for K-8 in-service teachers focuses on fundamental challenge of building specific classroom activities that align to NGSS. Participants will use grade-specific NGSS unit maps from NGSS bundles that group appropriate Performance Expectations (from the NGSS standards pages) to help them develop classroom activities for their particular classroom.
Participants will first learn how to “read” NGSS standards for their grade level and how to use the 5Es curriculum-building model to create their individual classroom experiences. The second part of the course will be building science classroom activities specially for their grade level teaching assignment. Teachers will be able to work individually or with small groups of teachers from the same grade level. The final product for this course is a usable 3-D NGSS classroom unit.
The cost includes either 48 OPI Renewal Units or 4.8 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) upon successfully completing all of the course requirements. You will be asked to choose which you would like at time of registration.
Time Commitment: 5-7 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.