Dr. Eric Jolly, of the Science Museum of Minnesota, said, “Science is an essential literacy, that is neither broadly nor equitably distributed.” I agree.
In the state of Washington, we are in the midst of a transition into new science standards. Anything new often comes with frustration and confusion…this transition is no different. These standards present a significant shift both in rigor and in instructional practice. We’re going to be pushed as science educators to support science thinking and learning in new ways. While this is confusing and frustrating, I think it’s also exciting.
We have new opportunities to push into what students know and what they’re thinking. These standards are three dimensional, deliberately connecting practices with content and cross cutting ideas. The standards don’t define the curriculum but provide a sound, evidence-based foundation for science education. We have an opportunity to take what we know to be best practices and connect those with high quality curriculum to support science literacy for all of our students.
I am excited to be a part of science education today! I plan to use this blog to share my discoveries, wonderings and works in progress. This space will be updated frequently and I hope you join in the conversation.