The new standards seem great. There are fewer topics with greater depth, and they are less like a bullet list of facts students need to know and more of a conceptual framework for learning and understanding science. This aligns well to the way I teach and the way I think about the practice of science, but I still need to prepare. I spent most of my summer attending professional learning designed to set teachers up for success in NGSS-shifted classrooms, I trudged through the standards themselves to weed out what would be assessed and what is expected of students, and I sat down with my old materials to decide what to toss out based on what was different.
I am not the sort of teacher to use a textbook and I've always patched together materials and procedures from workshops, colleagues/mentor teachers, and the internet. I haven't found a complete stand-alone curriculum that has everything, which is why I still piece together ideas from different places, but there are lots of NGSS aligned activities already out there.
This process is far from over and I know I'll be continually revising my curriculum pretty much forever, to keep up with the changes in science and pedagogy. For now, I'm excited about the change and ready to take the plunge into new waters.
Visit the Teacher Resources page to download the Next Generation Science Education and Phenomena-Based Instruction documents (PDF) to learn more about Making Sense of SCIENCE's take on the key components of NGSS-shifted instruction.