Science Explanation

I hope you are all enjoying the school year. We are almost out of the grind and ready for a break. So, what has inspired you this year: students, new learning, or networking with new people? I am inspired by the great peers I have trying to push science education in this state to new heights.

For the Constructing Explanations in Science break out session, I wanted to share a twitter feed. If you type in #CER4Sci in your search tool on twitter, you will find a set of twitterchats and twitter posts from teachers discussing their experiences using the CER framework in their classrooms. The teachers range from elementary to high school. Many teachers feel that the reasoning is the largest challenge for students when using this framework. We know, however, that using claim, evidence, and reasoning with students assists teachers in facilitating the technical writing expected in the common core. It is also one of the 8 science and engineering practices in the new MI Science Standards, so it is a tool that should be used to construct explanations. What do you think? Have you tried it? I hope to hear from you and your experiences next week. Check out the twitter feed if you get a chance!