With all of the disruptions caused by the pandemic, we’re taking a moment to revisit some of the key instructional shifts that come along with teaching the Next Generation Science Standards as students return back into the classroom.
In this video, PhD Science® Implementation Support Associate Molly Fife walks through what it means to be a teacher–facilitator in a student-driven science classroom. She also explains how key elements of the PhD Science curriculum, such as our instructional routines, hands-on investigations, and focus on safety, can help your students engage deeply with the science content and build enduring knowledge.
Molly Fife is an implementation support associate for PhD Science. Before joining Great Minds, Molly taught elementary school for seven years in Washington, DC, Louisiana, and North Carolina. Throughout her teaching career, Molly found that it was during science instruction when her students’ natural curiosity and engagement really shone but that resources and support for science educators were often limited or nonexistent. Her passion to see that all students should receive a high-quality education, including in science, ultimately led her to join the PhD Science team, where she gained a deep understanding of the curriculum’s learning design while helping to develop the Great Minds in Sync continuous learning program in the early days of the pandemic. Molly looks forward to working with teachers through coaching and professional development sessions this summer and into the 2021–2022 school year. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.