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  • Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn

Start with the Phenomena (Call for Papers)

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

Start with the Phenomena Deadline April 1, 2020 Let's start with the phenomena. We've heard a great deal about the use of phenomena recently as an essential part of implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). What are phenomena and how are they used in science and engineering classrooms? Where do phenomena fit within an instructional sequence or lesson?

According to the NGSS, phenomena are observable events that occur in our world where we can use science and engineering knowledge to explain, predict, or solve. Phenomena are considered the context for the work of both scientists and engineers.

We are looking for classroom-tested lessons that highlight the use of phenomena to pique student interest in developing explanations or solutions as well as to create authentic opportunities for student learning. Whether it's an anchor, investigative, or everyday phenomena, tell us how you’ve used well-placed phenomena to deepen and enrich learning experiences for students. Additional focus for this issue may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide a classroom lesson or instructional sequence that starts with a phenomenon. Explain how the introduction of this phenomenon helped the students engage in three-dimensional learning.

  • Describe the use of anchor phenomena used to provide an overall focus for units of study.

  • Illustrate how investigative phenomena were used to guide and enhance student learning in a classroom lesson.

  • Share how a culture of inquiry is built within a classroom when focusing on everyday phenomena.

  • Provide evidence for deep learning and student engagement when a time-tested lesson is improved through the use of an anchor or investigative phenomena.

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