High school teachers in my district have struggled with figuring out how to bundle the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into a cohesive and relevant storyline of instruction. Even envisioning what an NGSS lesson would like is a challenge — and although few would admit it, they are also up against the limitations of their own content knowledge.
After taking part in the Making Sense of SCIENCE facilitation academy, I decided to host a Dynamic Earth course for my high school teachers in the fall of 2018. Even though the course was originally designed for upper elementary teachers, the content and the methodology were still relevant. I was particularly excited to have them grapple with the concept of systems as it applies to the complexities of our planet, from chemistry to physics to biology.
My district was behind the plan and willing to invest heavily in this teacher training. I was feeling confident that everything was going to work out, and in the end it did — but the first two days of the training were not perfect.