Sonoma County Office of Education

Next Generation Science

Blog: Exploring NGSS

Science SymbolThis blog focuses on the new science standards that were adopted for Californiaís K-12 public schools in 2013. It offers ideas and resources to support science instruction in relation to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and 21st century learning.

Author | Anna Van Dordrecht | Email Anna | Blog Protocols (pdf)

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Being First
11.18.16
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The Next Day
11.10.16
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What's Next?
09.07.16
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Ten Years a Teacher: Pondering Purpose
05.27.16
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The Case for Student Empowerment and Creativity in the NGSS Classroom
04.07.16
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The Possibilities and the Dilemma
02.22.16
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A Tale of Technology and Thanksgiving
11.23.15
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What I Can Do
11.06.15
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Whatís Your Science Saga?
08.28.15
Science at its core is a human endeavor, and itís important to explore how our experiences influence our approach to science. Understanding the nature of science is also integral to the Next Generation Science Standards with its goal of developing scientifically literate citizens. Anna Van Dordrecht describes a science lesson that gave her students and opportunity to explore the human nature of science and had an unexpected twist for her own work as a science educator. Read More...


My Fatherís Most Valuable Lesson: Teaching with Passion in the NGSS Era
05.28.15
For Anna Van Dordrecht’s entire career, she and her father have both taught at Maria Carrillo High School, on opposite sides of the campus. He is in the math building and she is across campus in the science wing. However, this will change in June when he retires after 37 years of teaching. In this blog post, Anna reflects on what her students say stands out about Mr. Van and his teaching, then she relates these thoughts to what lies ahead for educators as they align their instruction to the new science standards. Read More...

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