Common Core and Informational Text
As of September 2016, 38 states are using the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards. Compared to previous standards, Common Core places increased emphasis on informational text, recommending that 50% of the text read in elementary school, 55% of the text read in middle school, and 70% of the text read in high school be … Continue reading "Common Core and Informational Text"
What is Three-Dimensional Learning? An overview of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
As of October 2016 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have been adopted by 18 states. In developing these standards, the National Research Council created a framework that identifies key scientific concepts all students should learn by the end of high school. These concepts are divided into three dimensions, which I briefly summarize here: Dimension 1: … Continue reading "What is Three-Dimensional Learning? An overview of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)"
An Overview of Learning Standards
All humans have the ability to learn, and some of this learning takes place without outside intervention. A baby, for example, can learn to crawl without anyone showing her how. But humans learn best through a process of facilitated learning called education. Formal education is facilitated learning that occurs in a structured environment, such as … Continue reading "An Overview of Learning Standards"
What is a Science Educational Writing?
“I am a science educational writer.” This, my standard response to the inevitable cocktail party question, “What is it that you do?” always elicits a blank look, so I’ll begin by explaining what a science educational writer does. According to the Oxford dictionary an education is an enlightening experience. A science educational writer then, produces … Continue reading "What is a Science Educational Writing?"