Monthly Archives: July 2013

When is “Surface-Level” Knowledge Good Enough?

Frequently we hear about the importance of having a “deeper” understanding of ideas and concepts. By this, people usually mean an understanding that goes beyond simple memorization of facts, including the ability to apply their understanding to (appropriate) new contexts. … Continue reading

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Don’t like the NGSS? Here’s what you do.

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have recently gotten a somewhat mediocre grade from the Thomas Fordham Institute. Fordham and others have several criticisms, but the primary one revolves around the weighting of “science content” versus “science practices” in the … Continue reading

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