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Understanding By Design Learning Module Reflection
Before we begin looking at a specific design process, take a few moments to reflect on some long terms goals.

1. In one or two sentences, write a "mission" statement for your middle school science course. What would it sound like to kids?

2. After you complete your "mission" statement, what are some things that would need to follow in terms of assessment and instruction?

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Interactive Science Notebooks
Knowing what you know about middle school students, how might an interactive notebook support their learning?

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Understanding by Design Learning Module Reflection #1
Before we start looking at a specific design framework, take a little quiet thinking time and reflect on the process you generally use for designing units and lessons? If you are a first year teacher, what are your plans for designing lessons and if you are an experienced teacher, how has your design process evolved?

Planning for Virtual Learning Modules for Fall Semester
Hello MS Science Community- We are in the process of developing the MS Science virtual learning modules for fall. Do you have any needs for professional development or topics of interest that you think will really help you and other teachers to expand your profession? Please share thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

Kate Aughenbaugh, MS Science Content Leader

Sharing Resources and Best Practices
One thing about technology is that it is always changing and new and improved programs and ideas are constantly generated. So, share what you are currently doing with technology in your classroom or school so that others can learn from you. The more we know, the more we can help each other.

Virtual Learning Module- The Role of Technology in Middle School Science
Personal Reflection:
As we delve into the idea of incorporating and integrating more technology into you science classrooms, it may be helpful to reflect on your own comfort level with technology in the classroom.
1. How comfortable are you with using technology in your classroom?
2. How comfortable are you with teaching students with technology in your classroom?
3. What roadblocks are currently in your way in regards to really integrating and incorporating technology into your students' curriculum?

Addressing Misconceptions in Science
After careful examination of figure 2, what misconceptions do you think exist and why might a "visual thinking model" be useful in dealing with student misconceptions?

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A Careful Examination of NGSS
Module Ready for release February 1st, 2017
The Next Generation Science Standards provide a new three dimensional way to teach science. While we may understand the general components,, it may seem daunting to figure out what they really mean and how you will implement them in your classroom. Before plunging into the learning module, please take a moment to reflect on the following questions:
1. What is your current understanding of NGSS?
2. What questions do you have regarding NGSS?

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Science Fair Objectives
In January's Virtual Learning Module we are looking preparing teachers for running a Science Fair. One the of the first steps is to think about what your objectives are for students and the community. Take some time and think about what you hope the students gain from a Science Fair experiences and share with the group.

Supporting Inquiry in your Science Classroom Module
What are the differences, big or small, between the structured, guided and open inquiry in the pendulum example?
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