March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

CSTA Region 1 – February 2016 Update

Posted: Monday, February 8th, 2016

by Marian Murphy-Shaw

Here we are a month into the new year – how are your resolutions holding up? I recently had a wonderful conversation on this topic with a very thoughtful science education colleague. She shared a science education idea for a resolution. I decided to give it a try as well as share the idea here.

In the past, she recounted, she would take teachings from a book like “Good to Great” or “The Speed of Trust”, etc. and focus her efforts for a year on one of the themes for self improvement. This year she decided to focus on NGSS! Her resolution is to look for and make use of Crosscutting Concepts.

We thought about that together, and while some CCC’s like Patterns are easily found and used from years of practice teaching science, others like Structure and Function seem worthy of more careful consideration. I am a month into this and finding my awareness of CCC’s all around me has increased. I am able to consider them as driving themes for the way the world works and then use certain DCI’s, from a variety of disciplines, as examples of what a given CCC “looks” like. Funny thing – that translates pretty quickly into good conversations at work about how to design NGSS learning experiences without always starting from a discipline specific topic. Give it try – if you have not already – and maybe resolve to look more deeply at NGSS as a way to see the world. After all, that is what we are all working to help our students learn to do.

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Those of you within reach of Sonoma to Monterey counties should check out the Science Schmooze February calendar of events. It is a fabulous resource for teachers and gives opportunities for weekend family fun centered around science.  Check out events from Moss Beach Low Tide Walks to Coastal Paleontology at Point Reyes this month.

Those of you in the southern range of Region 1, especially in smaller schools where you may teach both math and science, might like to know about how to teach to the increased rigor, and certainly application to science, of 6-8 statistics.

Making Statistical Connections in Middle School: Facilitator Training

The most recent California Mathematics Content Standards have incorporated statistics and probability standards in grades 6-8. The California Mathematics Project (CMP), in partnership with the California Mathematics Council (CMC) and the California Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (CAMTE), has developed a series of modules for middle school teachers to support the teaching and learning of statistics and probability. This facilitator training will take a close look at the modules, instructional guides for facilitators, and the materials available for use with teachers, focusing specifically on grades 6-8. The training will be held on February 29-March 1, 2016 in Fresno. Participants will receive access to the statistics modules in iBook or PDF format, as well as Facilitator Notes and Teacher Resources.

To register online, go to http://ucla.in/1Qwgjiu.

For more information, visit https://sites.google.com/a/cmpso.org/statistics/

Contact Ann Park with any questions: apark@gseis.ucla.edu

Also from Region 1 this month, the Center for Mathematics and Science Educationat CalState Sacramento has a series of workshops.  To find out more: http://www.csus.edu/mase/sem_inst/sirc.htm

Written by Marian Murphy-Shaw

Marian Murphy-Shaw

Marian Murphy-Shaw is the student services director at Siskiyou County Office of Education and is CSTA’s Region 1 Director and chair of CSTA’s Policy Committee.

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