Even though there are benefits to implementing Next Generation Science Standards, there will likely be pushback from administrators and educators. This is because putting new standards into place can be a difficult process. It also means abandoning old lesson plans.
That doesn’t mean all is lost. There are ways toward taking small steps in the direction of implementing these standards into the classroom. These are just a few things that can be done to ensure that everyone is on the same page.
Change Classroom Mentality
Perhaps the biggest shift into Next Generation Science Standards is moving away from book knowledge and standardized testing into more hands-on skills. To do this, teachers need to be prepared to help their students navigate a more practical approach to the lessons. This is done through play stations, experiments, and other tools that can aid the new standard.
From a district perspective, this could mean sending teachers out for more training so that they can learn new approaches to teaching their lessons in this new way. That shift in mentality will happen gradually, but it takes time and patience.
While adopting these new standards is one challenge, another is measuring their efficacy with each of the teachers. Monitoring and tweaking the progress of these new standards is how it will be possible to bring that vision to life.
Having real data available that can be tracked and measured over the course of the year is imperative. The data does not have to be granularly scientific in nature; it could be a simple yes or no question that speaks about a specific issue that your educators may be dealing with.
Assessments Are Key
There is no substitute for real assessments. Using these assessments can gauge how students are adapting and show them where tweaks need to be made. This also allows for tracking progress and coming up with data that is quantifiable.
These assessments also help when it comes to seeing where both the teachers and school are with these new standards.