Chapter 5/6 Discussion Question: by Angela Marshall
The Next Generation Science Standards make explicit calls for meaningful assessment, interdisciplinary knowledge, inquiry, and engineering. Will this happen in your school?
The Week 3 question regarding NGSS is very interesting from my perspective. At Blessed Sacrament, I am the primary science teacher for Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade and one Sixth Grade class. I provide supplemental labs for the Fourth and Fifth Grade classes. My background is in Science Education which supports my knowledge of the AOW science curriculum and standards. I believe that in my classes there is strong interdisciplinary knowledge and a large amount of inquiry. I strive to include as much engineering as possible but always bump up against the fact that I am an itinerant teacher. As a result of reading Chapters 5 and 6, the “meaningful assessment” part has me a bit stumped. Pages 83 and 84 point out how rubrics may be counterproductive and that the emphasis of learning “should be on process and creating the conditions in which learners grow.” I understand what this means but not how to qualify/quantify it.
"If every child were to be given access to a computer, computers would be cheap enough for every child to be given access to a computer."
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