NextGen Science

Next Generation Science Standards — Board of Education Gets Hands-On Lesson from Teachers

On October 10, 2016, the Board of Education held a special workshop on the new science standards, called the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Similar to Common Core Math, the NGSS emphasize reasoning, critical thinking, and the skills to demonstrate and explain scientific principles, rather than memorization of facts and formulas.  The NGSS also emphasize…

NGSS Update: Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards at PMS

by Dan Kessler and Camilla Thayer The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) represent a shift in the way students learn and are taught Science K-12.   The NGSS represents “3-Dimensional” instruction, where students learn what scientists DO, how scientists THINK, and what scientists KNOW.  Students use information gained by investigation in one situation and apply this…

Elementary STEAM Expo and the Importance of Arts-Centered Learning

by Tracy Broback   Imagine my surprise when I attended every workshop I could find on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) education at the National Arts Educators Association (NAEA) meeting last Spring and found that art educators weren’t necessarily keen on the idea.   I was right in the midst of reimagining the annual…

Questions for Science Teacher Logan Medina

Logan Medina teaches 8th grade Science at Piedmont Middle School.  He studied Marine Biology at UC Santa Cruz and has been teaching middle school Science for seven years — in Half Moon Bay, Monterey, and for the last two years at PMS.  He and the team of PMS Science teachers are implementing California’s new Science…

Connected Learning in Action – Camilla Thayer

 In this series, teachers working with students in the Connected Learning 1:1 program share how they use the tools to impact student learning. Camilla Thayer is an enthusiastic user of the chromebooks in her sixth grade science classes.  While ninth and eleventh grade PHS students are only 1:1 in English and social studies classes, every sixth…

K-12 Science Teachers Travel to Long Beach

Twenty-two teachers and administrators from PUSD traveled to Long Beach to attend the National Science Teachers Association regional conference on December 3-6.  In preparation for transitioning to teaching the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), science teachers attended over 100 sessions to strengthen their science knowledge base and improve their instructional practices. The conference is timely as the 2014-15…

Hour of Code, for Teachers

Last year over half of PUSD students participated in the Hour of Code, an introduction to programming and computational thinking. As part of the Education Speaker Series, Ali Partovi, co-founder of Code.org, will be talking about coding, how it compliments our math and science instruction, what free curriculum available, and will walk us through some…