Making Sense of NGSS with Paul Anderson

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The American Community School-Amman was fortunate to host education consultant, accomplished keynote speaker and Youtuber, Paul Anderson.

Paul met with teachers, students and admin about ways to best apply the Next Generation Science Standards while using best pedagogical practices in the classroom.

As the EdTech learning coach, I was invited to take part in a full-day workshop. Being a non-science teacher, I was most compelled by the pedagogy applications that Anderson recommended. Trying to be an active participate, I jotted down some take-aways.

“The best way to learn science is to DO science.”

“Culling the content is important–and just as important–is doing the practice.”

“Inquiry is key.”

“Inquiry equals practice.”

“The best learning happens when students are doing the practices.”


[teacher voice] “On your model, I noticed…”

“Apply the CER model–Claim, Evidence and Reasoning”

For example:

Question: Is air matter?

Claim: Yes, air is matter.

Evidence [relevant observations]: Models, diagrams labeled with ideas and concepts proving air is matter. Envision drawings on white boards.

Reasoning [connect evidence to claim]: The mass of the balloon increased when the air was added…Since matter must have both mass and volume…

Using me as a non-sciency guy, Paul posed a phenomena to demonstrate to other science teachers how to hook students with inquiry to make the magic of learning happen. I (hesitantly) obliged–and I am glad I did. Thanks, Paul!

So the big question:

What’s in the bubble of boiling water?

About Brent Fullerton

International educator and entrepreneur striving to enhance lives.
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One Response to Making Sense of NGSS with Paul Anderson

  1. Sharon says:

    I read your blog since we use Paul Anderson’s videos to explain the science behind the different NGSS strands. They are particularly useful to see the cut off points of what to teach (and not) to different grades.
    I like the CER model – I might try to use it in an upcoming week!


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