BUILDING BRIDGES WHILE BUILDING BLUEPRINTS: AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES DEVELOPING DIG TEXAS BLUEPRINTS UNITS
Blueprint development teams, composed of secondary educators and university geoscience/ education/pedagogy professors, created blueprint themes and built supporting units. Education Interns reviewed/revised units, created scaffolding notes, vetted resources, and prepared units for going live on the DIG Texas website.
This experience-based poster draws attention to challenges encountered in bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and education; and to the positive outcomes achieved through multidisciplinary collaboration.
Initial challenges included developing coherent themes/storylines to provide a framework for existing supportive resources; the temptation to write curriculum, due to limited experience in finding existing earth science curriculum and assessing provenance and suitability; and disconnection between university faculty and practicing teachers when considering content level and instructional strategies. An over-arching challenge was learning to use the project resource review tool and working within the non-linear environment of the project website. Overcoming these challenges allowed members to (1) form lasting collegial relationships; (2) become adept at working with the SERC-hosted web platforms; (3) gain expertise in selecting high quality standards aligned educational resources; and (4) delve into the organizational structure of the NGSS, with respect to understanding the relationships between the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts for Earth science.