Explore the Next Generation of Science Teaching. Whether your teaching is focused on flora or fauna, Newton's laws of motivation or gravity or just exploring the solar system, sound waves or static electricity our science courses at Dominican University will give you the power to customize a thoughtful, engaging, and thorough science class that integrates the Next Generation Science Standards. Air pressure, animals – both invertebrates and vertebrates – plants. Perhaps battery power or photosynthesis is your thing. Earth science, light waves, we have you covered. Our science series is dynamic and broad. Our courses are designed to develop hands-on learning experiences that include elements of observation, model building and art. You will learn to engage students in exploring and constructing meaning and understanding of the world in which they live.You will learn how to facilitate open-ended brainstorming sessions and to ask questions that promote higher-level thinking. Within each course, select assignments that are most appropriate for the students you are teaching and that match the desired number of credits/units (1, 2, or 3) you are taking.
Next Generation Science Standards
If you are not tapped in to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) you need to be. NGSS are comprised of three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science. These dimensions are combined to form each standard—or performance expectation—and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time. Standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. The NGSS were developed by states to improve science education for all students. Crosscutting concepts help students explore connections across the four domains of science, including physical science, life science, earth and space science, and engineering design. When these concepts, such as “cause and effect”, are made explicit for students, they can help students develop a coherent and scientifically-based view of the world around them. Science education is not only interesting, but crucial in terms of a building block. A high-quality science education means that students will develop an in-depth understanding of content and develop key skills—communication, collaboration, inquiry, problem solving, and flexibility—that will serve them throughout their educational and professional lives.
Understanding the NGSSUnderstanding the NGSS is necessary for K through 12 teachers. Our course of the same name explores and defines the current K-12 science standards. Such knowledge will enable a teacher to plan a successful Next Generation Science Standards teaching unit. After completing the course, a teacher will show understanding of and the ability to plan NGSS by:
- explaining the NGSS to various people with different levels of understanding
- using assorted media to convey the information
- critiquing NGSS information
- relating the information gleaned to the classroom
- being aware that NGSS assessment can be tricky
- summarizing the NGSS knowledge learned in this course