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Re: [EASCI] Assessment Center, Exercise 3

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  • Carl and Suzanna Johnson
    Unifying themes are not major concepts. A theme may be something like patterns, structure, etc. Major concepts are like elements, chemical reactions... ...
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 14, 2000
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      Unifying themes are not major concepts.  A theme may be something like patterns, structure, etc.  Major concepts are like elements, chemical reactions...
       
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      Date: Thursday, June 06, 2002 14:25:24
      Subject: [EASCI] Assessment Center, Exercise 3
       
      Hi, How are you intrepreting the description for exercise 3. It
      reads,

      "Unifying Concepts: This exercise asks teachers to focus on their
      knowledge of unifying concepts. Teachers will describe a major idea
      in science, explain a concept from each of the major sciences and
      relate the concepts to the major idea."

      Several co-teachers and I have different opinions as to which
      constitutes a major idea vs. a concept. Any examples or advice would
      be helpful as the NBPTS guide uses conflicting terminology.

      Thanks,

      BadClams




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    • Susan Lewis
      mrbadclams wrote: Hi, How are you intrepreting the description for exercise 3. It reads, Unifying Concepts: This exercise asks
      Message 2 of 3 , Jun 8, 2002
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          mrbadclams <mrbadclams@...> wrote:

        Hi, How are you intrepreting the description for exercise 3.  It
        reads,

        "Unifying Concepts:  This exercise asks teachers to focus on their
        knowledge of unifying concepts.  Teachers will describe a major idea
        in science, explain a concept from each of the major sciences and
        relate the concepts to the major idea."

        Several co-teachers and I have different opinions as to which
        constitutes a major idea vs. a concept.  Any examples or advice would
        be helpful as the NBPTS guide uses conflicting terminology.

        Thanks,

        BadClams

        This is where you will use the NSTA standards book.  Look in the section on unifying concepts.  If you don't have a copy they are:

        Systems, Order, and Organization

        Evidence, Models, and Explanations

        Constancy, Change, and Measurement

        Evolution and Equilibrium

        Form and Function

        The explanations are in that section.  If you don't have a copy of the NSTA standards book, go to the NSTA website and you can read the explanations from the Pathways to the Science Standards (Middle School Edition) on-line.
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