Channahon (Illinois) Junior High School seventh-grade science teacher Kirk Lange is making the most of the new science standards, declaring that they give him even more opportunity to immerse his students into science.

While many see the new Next Generation Science Standards, or NGSS, as too complex or demanding, Lange sees them as a great opportunity.

Seventh grade focuses on biology, he said, which is the perfect venue to combine subject matter with projects, collaboration and technology, which is what the new K-12 standards are all about.

“I was looking to make a big change,” Lange said, “and with the new standards, it seemed like the best time to make a big shift. I took everything I was doing and revamped it from the ground up. I think this will show us what the students can really do with higher-order thinking. … I’m driving for a much deeper understanding.”

Click here to read the full article in The Herald-News (November 9, 2016)

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