Building Across STEM Disciplines

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At TXESP, we immerse our lesson plans and activities across multiple Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines.  Each teaching tool is carefully chosen for its adaptability to achieve this goal.  Science does not live in a vacuum – science is dynamic, science is evolving, and science is a feedback loop of inquiries.  Embedded within our pedagogy are the underlying principles of the NGSS.

A [NGSS] Framework for K–12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (Framework) recommends science education in grades K–12 be built around three major dimensions: science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts that unify the study of science and engineering through their common application across fields, and core ideas in the major disciplines of natural science….. The Framework identifies seven crosscutting concepts that bridge disciplinary boundaries, uniting core ideas throughout the fields of science and engineering. Their purpose is to help students deepen their understanding of the disciplinary core ideas (pp. 2 and 8) and develop a coherent and scientifically based view of the world (p. 83). The seven crosscutting concepts presented in Chapter 4 of the Framework are as follows:  patterns, scale/proportion/quantity, cause and effect, systems and models, energy and matter, structure and function, and stability / change. ”

– from the NGSS’s appendix G, “CROSSCUTTING CONCEPTS IN THE NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS”.

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