RIGOROUS INSTRUCTION IN THE EARTH SCIENCE CLASSROOM IN THE WAKE OF THE NGSS: IMPLEMENTING THE DIG TEXAS BLUEPRINTS
Prior to the release of live units and sample blueprints on the DIG Texas Blueprints website, two high school teachers and one undergraduate professor to future secondary educators were charged with implementing these resources in the classroom during the 2014-2015 school year. Each educator selected a blueprint of 8-9 units to execute in their classroom. Regular communication and weekly feedback with the project evaluator and team provided support during the implementation process, and initial reviews of the feasibility and effectiveness of each learning experience were collected and retained for later refinement of the blueprints. Summative evaluations of the blueprints were submitted at year’s end to assist in providing notes to support educators who use the blueprints in the future.
This presentation will provide a brief history of the project, a review of the implementation and educator feedback, and an initial overview of how to access and utilize the DIG Texas Blueprints website. An update of the next steps in the DIG Texas Blueprints project will also be offered.