K-16 educators and informal science providers in the Puyallup Watershed region have recently been learning about the new science standards in Washington State – the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). There have been a variety of workshops offered in the region with a mix of teachers, professors, and informal science providers collaborating and learning together around this new vision.
These rigorous standards expect high levels of critical thinking for students and push for students to act like scientists and engineers as they explore science and engineering. Before students are able to engage with these new standards, however, teachers and informal science providers must also understand the innovations and shifts that these standards demand.
In the coming weeks this blog will share some of the key shifts required by the Next Generation Science Standards and guide us in thinking about how the Puyallup Watershed Initiative might incorporate and align with this dynamic new vision of science teaching and learning. Stay tuned.
(This post was written by Kirk Robbins, science education consultant and member of the EECOI. Kirk’s columns will be a regular Tuesday event on this site and he will be contributing to other stories throughout the year. For more of his thoughts on teaching science, you can click here to visit his blog.)