NGSS REVIEW: Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science & Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts
I just finished up midterm grading for my graduate and undergraduate Methods in Elementary Science classes – hard to believe that we are in the final stretch already! Now that we are half way through the year, I thought it would be a good time to review the NGSS basics. Here it is – the NGSS in a nutshell!
WHAT IS THE NGSS?
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are national science content standards for grades K-12. These standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. The NGSS standards are broad (unlike many individual state science standards), giving local educators the flexibility to design classroom learning experiences that are uniquely tailored to the needs, interests, and goals of their students. The Teaching Channel has a great video that overviews the NGSS. Watch it here: https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/next-generation-science-standards-achieve
HOW IS THE NGSS ORGANIZED?
The NGSS call for a three-dimensional approach to K–12 science instruction: disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts.
- disciplinary core ideas (DCIs) = what to teach; the content
- view a summary chart of the DCIs here: http://ngss.nsta.org/DisciplinaryCoreIdeasTop.aspx
- an explanation of DCIs with real classroom examples: https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/disciplinary-core-ideas-achieve
- science and engineering practices (usually referred to as just ‘practices’) = how to teach it
- view a summary chart of the practices here: http://ngss.nsta.org/PracticesFull.aspx
- an explanation of the practices with real classroom examples: https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/science-engineering-practices-achieve
- crosscutting concepts = themes that are embedded in all DCIs and practices
- view a summary chart of the crosscutting concepts here: http://ngss.nsta.org/CrosscuttingConceptsFull.aspx
- an explanation of crosscutting concepts with real classroom examples: https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/crosscutting-concepts-achieve
I hope this helps put the NGSS into perspective, and that you are learning your way through these dense but transformative new standards. Stay tuned for a follow-up post where I will share my top five favorite NGSS learning/professional development resources!