The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) ask students to think and behave like scientists and engineers. When students understand how scientists and engineers do their work, and have opportunities to explore, investigate, and explain phenomena, they become more engaged in learning and increase their comprehension. The experience students have in the science classroom is directly impacted by the instruction provided by the teacher and culture and environment built by both teachers and students.
The Framework for Teaching and Learning in the NGSS Classroom was developed to help teachers and administrators answer two critical questions of implementation:
- What are the key components and features of student learning in the NGSS classroom?
- How do educators better plan instruction that is aligned to the CA-NGSS?
The four key components of student learning in the NGSS classroom connect to each other and help visualize what it looks and sounds like when students are engaged in learning that aligns with the vision of the standards. Each component is clarified by observable features of learning. Teachers should use these features to plan instruction to maximize student learning. Administrators might use these features to identify evidence of learning to coach and support teachers.