Among the many benefits that the Environmental Nature Center provides is the Excellent Educators series, a monthly pedagogical set of courses specifically designed for educators. Teachers of all kinds are invited in order to learn new methods of bringing science to the classroom!
Orange County California Regional Environmental Education Coordinator Helen de la Maza will conduct the course “NGSS Update and Teaching well NOW,” which focuses on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and its three dimensions for the development of students: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas.
Developed by the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve, NGSS as a whole emphasizes doing science and treating it as a verb as opposed to solely reading and hearing about it in the classroom.
Incorporated into the teaching practices of NGSS is the 5E learning cycle, which emphasizes engagement, exploration, explanation, elaboration, and evaluation. While exploring different styles, educators will learn how to inclusively integrate these concepts into all parts of the science teaching process to facilitate critical learning in their own educational spaces. Attendees will also learn how to dynamically apply them to different learning types such as through auditory and written instructions as well as hands-on activities.
This class takes place on Wednesday, March 18th from 3:00-5:00pm. We charge $5 for non-member admissions while members can attend for free. We can’t wait to have you aboard! You can sign up HERE. -Nathan Serafin, ENC Communications Intern