- Paul Andersen’s site (and his visit to our school) were incredibly helpful. Paul has created an entire video series around the standards and is a good starting place for learning about how the standards are organized.
- Rubicon has started offering free webinars on NGSS. I used to think of Rubicon as simply a curriculum mapping resource, yet they seem to have really expanded their PD opportunities and the recorded webinars work especially well for us in the Pacific.
- Speaking of Rubicon, since we are capturing these units in Atlas, we had to decide what went where in our template. We decided on the following alignment:
Standards & Benchmarks = Performance ExpectationsDisciplinary Core Ideas = ContentCross-Cutting Concepts = Understandings
Science & Engineering Practices = Skills
4. Finally, I’m a “big picture” learner who has to see some sort of graphic or organizational layout of a concept in order to really get my head around it. I searched online profusely, but could never find a layout of the standards in a way that made sense to me. I finally ended up printing out the standards and organizing them on a wall in my office by grade level and areas of Life Science, Earth & Space Science, Physical Science, and Engineering & Technology Standards. (I really wish I had taken a photo of the wall!) That eventually morphed into grid you see below, organized by Topics. The Topics combine standards that fit well together into a learning experience. Each hyperlink goes directly to the NGSS website’s 1-page write up of that particular topic. Here’s a PDF of the grid: NGSSStandardsArrangedbyTopics.