On September 23, 2019, ESU 11 hosted a Professional Learning Community meeting for kindergarten and first grade teachers. PLCs are an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively to achieve better results for the students they serve. During this session, the group reviewed the newly adopted College and Career Ready Science standards and 3-Dimensional Teaching. The teachers worked together to identify the Disciplinary Core Ideas and Cross Cutting Concepts, essential questions, and vocabulary that students will examine for each standard. They also explored the concept of “Claims Evidence Reasoning” and learned how students can use this process to create an evidence-based response. They then discussed the shift in assessment. Between now and the next meeting, teachers are encouraged to integrate one of the assessments types into one of their science lessons.
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