In Zeeland, Michigan, teacher Lara Minnear knows science class is about so much more than memorizing the facts about the water cycle, climate change and Newton’s laws. It’s about curiosity and inquisitiveness. In her class, she encourages a “frontloading culture,” encouraging students to step up as leaders in the classroom and think and act more like scientists instead of just memorizing basic facts. That’s also the mentality behind the Next Generation Science Standards, which were adopted by the state of Michigan in 2015. Minnear has been one of the leaders at Zeeland in implementing new curriculum to meet those standards.
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