One of the big shifts with the Next Generation Science Standards is that you are no longer teaching content for content’s sake -- science instruction is no longer based around a list of facts, but rather, the focus is on the broader concepts that connect those facts together and the skill development necessary to investigate and understand those concepts. One way of focusing students on the “big picture” in a unit is to present an anchoring phenomenon that students work toward understanding and explaining.
This workshop is the second module in the NGSS Your Science Class course, and it examines anchoring phenomena. We will review what anchoring phenomena are, why we should be using them, what makes a good anchor, the different types of anchors, some example ideas, and lastly, how to use them throughout your instructional sequence. I know that was a long list, but we are breaking it down to make it totally accessible to you. To help you better understand each of these components and apply them to your own curriculum, this workshop includes a workbook to get you started.
If you are looking for additional support and workshops, you can find them in my TeachersPayTeachers store or at the Science Teacher Tribe, home of the NGSS Your Science Class course.