Academic journal article The Science Teacher

The NSTA Reader's Guide to the Next Generation Science Standards

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

The NSTA Reader's Guide to the Next Generation Science Standards

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The NSTA Reader's Guide to the Next Generation Science Standards By Harold Pratt. $10.95.42 pp. NSTA Press. Arlington, VA. 2013. ISBN: 9781938946066.

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This guide is the first in a series of informative, necessary, and exciting steps for consideration and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. With so many stories in the news today tied into climate and energy, it is necessary for our students to understand the connection between science and other disciplines and the practicality of understanding science as it relates to the students' lives.

This introductory manual focuses on getting started. It makes no assumptions about who you are or the level of your involvement; instead, it focuses on the idea of the team, since the guide itself resulted from a team--not individual--effort. First and foremost, it emphasizes the need for the reader to become familiar with the format of the standards document before developing instructional strategies or evaluating them. It implores the reader, whether teacher or administrator, to research the standards and to use a "start out small and grow" approach, not a "throw the baby out with the bathwater" one.

This handbook outlines a step-by-step plan for implementing the new design in order to improve science instruction. …

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