Teaching Biology and the Living Environment via the NGSS
This workshop will explore active learning strategies for deepening your students’ understanding of crucial concepts in biology and the living environment, and help you effectively implement a student-centered and NGSS aligned approach to science education.
During this session, teachers will engage in thought-provoking, pertinent experiments that you can utilize in your own classroom. As a participant, you will spend time observing instruction from the point of view of a student (“student-mode”), a key component in reinforcing the connections between content and pedagogical knowledge. Participants will learn strategies to incorporate in their own classroom using the claim, evidence, reasoning framework as a tool to probe student preconceptions and misconceptions. Periodically, participants will switch to “teacher-mode”, to practice socratic questioning techniques, analyze readings, and discuss the pedagogical rationale for all aspects of active learning and modeling in Biology. We’ll also discuss strategies for accommodating district specific curricular requirements, various student populations, laboratory resources, and the use of “Reflective Checklists” as a way of promoting student reflection throughout a unit.
Whether you are an experienced teacher, or new to the teaching profession you will feel excited and motivated for your upcoming school year after participating in this highly immersive and collaborative workshop. You will observe how this engaging approach promotes student- centered sense making, confidence, and appreciation for the nature of science. So if you’re a high school biology teacher wanting to learn some great activities to invigorate your teaching practices or a teacher wanting to learn some notable strategies to improve student discourse then this is the workshop for you.