I've been teaching science since 2011. In 2012, I began formal training in NGSS teaching with the Excellence in Science Instruction Plus (ESci+) program, funded by UC, CSU, and the US DOE. I completed the program in 2015, and immediately put the techniques I learned to use in my classroom, with marked success. I completed further graduate-level professional training from 2016-18 in the Integrating Science and Engineering in Education Program (iSEE) under the same sponsors. Using my training, I have been writing and testing original lesson plans in my middle school science laboratory classroom for the last six years. Most plans that I still use have been through several iterations, which is the essence of good lesson creation. I want to share them with you.
My lessons are student-driven and designed to allow you to easily offer your students the type of experiences and outcomes required by Next Generation Science Standards. In my classroom, students spend their time asking questions, collecting and making sensing of data, constructing models to explain what they experience, and interacting to share ideas. All my Lessons address actual NGSS Performance Expectations (PE), and when kids are working through performance expectations, they are engaging in the core concepts and skills envisioned in NGSS.
Toby Johnson Middle School Teacher of the Year 2013-14
BA - Anthropology - University of CA, Davis; MS - Biological Sciences - Clemson University
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