Hook Your Reader… Ouch!
So you want to write an NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) blog? Great! So do I! Do you know what you’re doing? Great… Neither do I…
This blog is a reflection on my learning process for blog writing. School has been in session… for me! I’m hoping to take you along on this reflection ride though. First things first. My name is Doug Ferguson, I teach elementary STEM integration in Kent (WA), I like long walks on the beach, but I digress…
Establish Audience: Cat, Wife, & Mom… Check!
Back to blogging about science! What is a blog anyway? Well, my handy dandy dictionary.com app offers the following: “a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites.” Phew. That sounds far less formal than I originally feared when I was starting out and much more personal as well–which I can do.
My next thought is who the heck is going to read this thing anyway?!? Hopefully my fellow bloggers aren’t asleep at their keyboards yet, but who else? You?!? My audience in other words. I’m thinking anyone with an interest in the CCSS (Common Core State Standards), NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and elementary-level education. Not you? Then why are you still reading? Sorry! I didn’t mean that… okay, down to two readers. And, no, Mom, you don’t count.
Establish Purpose: World-Domination/Teach-Science
How about purpose? Why am I doing this anyway? And, no, it’s definitely not for the big bucks. Well, I think that’s a combination of the last two thoughts. I’m writing about my “experiences, observations, and opinions” to share with and learn from people with an avid interest in the CCSS, NGSS, STEM, and elementary-level education.
So far, so good, but what do I bring to the table? Well, a willingness to admit what I don’t know. Which is admittedly a lot, but more importantly a willingness to ask, find out, and then share with all of you. That way you don’t have to look quite as silly as me.
Provide Resources (for World Domination of Course)
And finally, I think the key is resources to share—which means pointing you towards people who know more than me. And, no, that doesn’t include the entirety of the internets… just most of it at this point.
I started out entitling my listings “top 3” for each category because, well, that’s what everybody else does. Then I started to feel guilty because my list was by no means comprehensive nor was it professionally curated. So, I simply settled for 3 resources in each category that I stumbled across and found helpful. I hope you find them helpful too. I did cheat a little though on the entry under additional science bloggs… sshhh, don’t tell anyone.
There are so many amazing resources out there that I simply had to cut myself off… so this list is just a snapshot. I could write a paragraph reviewing each website and espousing its awesomeness, but I think exploring for yourself is more powerful. So I’ve listed the name and link, and I encourage you to check out those that look interesting and/or helpful.
Three Blogging Resources:
- Advice for dummies… including me: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/writing-a-good-blog.html
- Advice from the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/apr/17/science-blog-wellcome-trust-writing-prize
- Advice from Writer’s Digest:http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/the-12-dos-and-donts-of-writing-a-blog
Three NGSS Resources:
- The Next Generation Science Standards Website: http://www.nextgenscience.org/
- National Science Teachers Association Website: http://ngss.nsta.org/
- Next Generation Science Standards App for iOS, Android, and Windows 8 by MasteryConnect: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/next-generation-science-standards/id683491579?mt=8
Three NGSS Blogging Resources:
- NSTA NGSS blog: http://ngss.nsta.org/category/blog/
- Kirk Robbin’s Science blog: http://teachscience4all.wordpress.com/
- NGSS tagged blogs at Education Week: http://blogs.edweek.org/tags.html?tagID=11939&rblog=59
Additional Science Blogs:
- Popular WordPress Science blogs: http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/science-blogs/
- Science Buddies blog: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/blog/
- Science Friday blog: http://www.sciencefriday.com/blogs/index.html#page/posts/1
- Thoughtful Blog Post: http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2015/01/15/the-next-generation-science-standards-a-transformational-opportunity/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
- NGSS Blogging Project: http://www.ngsspln.com/
- Edutopia Blog: http://www.edutopia.org/blogs/
Obligatory Cat Picture… Meow
Oh, and btw, don’t forgot the pictures. You know, like an LOL cat who is, in this case, doing science.
Thank you for making it this far. I fear this blog may be mostly cathartic, but writing it was very helpful for me as I learned a lot during the research process. I hope I have been able to pass some of that along. Please let me know what you think below.