The Power of the Dimension of Crosscutting Concepts: Prompting Student Sensemaking and Discourse
The Framework for K-12 Science Education details the importance of every student’s engagement with natural scientific phenomena at the nexus of three dimensions of learning: Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts. Of these three dimensions, it is the dimension of crosscutting concepts which unifies the study of science and engineering across all domains of science.
This edWebinar is designed to provide science educators at all levels with meaningful insights into how to use the dimension of crosscutting concepts to structure student-facing prompts and questions to engage students in reasoning how and why phenomena occur. Crosscutting concepts, when used consistently in classroom instruction, provide a common language between educators and students thus serving to structure student thinking towards key aspects of the phenomenon being investigated and setting the stage for meaningful formative assessment opportunities.
Attendees will come away from this session with:
- A clear understanding that crosscutting concepts are not a product of instruction but, instead, an important part of the instructional process
- An understanding of how to construct prompts and questions using crosscutting concepts
- An awareness of the importance of crosscutting concepts as familiar touchpoints between students and teachers
This edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.