TRANSFORMING EXISTING DATA-RICH LEARNING MATERIALS INTO NGSS 3-D ALIGNMENT: A JOURNEY IN PROGRESS
For over ten years, UNAVCO, a National Science Foundation funded Earth Science Geodetic Facility, has developed a suite of data-rich, classroom-ready activities and lessons free to educators and the public. A primary focus is on strategically broadening the use of geodetic and other data in educational environments so that students can authentically discover underlying concepts of Earth science such as plate tectonics, tectonic deformation, and volcanoes.
These data-centric investigations naturally lend themselves to the NGSS and the three dimensions of alignment. However, the process of articulating three-dimensional alignment within lesson plans is not an instantaneous transformation. The philosophical shift underlying NGSS goes beyond displaying an alignment table in the teacher’s guide. To truly embrace the spirit of NGSS, materials need to be modified and enhanced to articulate and embed the relevant scientific practices and crosscutting concepts into the instructional sequence, cueing teachers to point out these dimensions during their teaching practice, and blending these concepts into student assessments.
We will share the successes and challenges of aligning existing activities with the NGSS and next steps to further enhance the quality of the lessons through rubric assessment.