Middle School Science Curriculum

Impact of the NGSS on Planning and Instruction in Science

The Next Generation Science Standards bring a revolutionary approach to planning and instruction in science education. The NGSS are built around the three dimensions of; disciplinary core ideas, cross cutting concepts, and science and engineering practices. What is most revolutionary about these standards is not the presence of the three dimensions, but their explicit integration into planning and instruction on a daily basis. The NGSS are not a new way of describing old practices. They are a new and exciting approach to science teaching that will lead students to