A small group of science teachers in Missouri are using the coronavirus as a teachable moment aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Working with researchers from two universities, nine teachers designed high school science activities with two simultaneous goals: students will study a natural phenomenon that is meaningful in their lives—a key aim of the NGSS—and they will process the pandemic’s impact on their lives. Currently the group has developed four activities. For example, a simulation lets students change the percentage of people who are practicing social distancing to see what the impact would be on coronavirus infection rates. Another activity walks students through the creation of a mathematical model for the spread of the virus. Additionally teachers will find systems thinking tools to help students summarize the science and societal impacts of the coronavirus, as well as a set of media literacy activities about the disease. The researchers have gathered the instructional activities onto a website that is a work in progress; additional activities will be added throughout 2020, and the complete module by 2021.
Collaboration online can be daunting, especially when you are tasked with learning how to use new technology tools while at the same time continuing to support student learning, safety and well-being. But there are effective ways to bring some of the more traditional strategies you may be familiar with to the online classroom…
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