When we talk about the NGSS, we often use phrases like “minds-on” and “active learning” and “discovery” and “exploration.” But what does all of that MEAN!?
I knew there were a LOT of misunderstandings out there about what NGSS-style instruction looks like, but I’ve realized that there’s even confusion about what “discovery” looks like in the classroom. In just the last three days, I’ve heard complaints like:
- there’s no content
- it only works for some students
- it takes too much time
- it just doesn’t work
What this tells me is that there’s some big misunderstandings about discovery-based learning — what it IS and how it works to transform your classroom into a space where students are 1) learning content, 2) by doing science, 3) while developing thinking skills in a way that encourages them to 4) engage and 5) take ownership.