A learning progression is a tool to help you locate your current practice on a continuum of teaching performance. It also helps you imagine what the “next level” of performance might look like. There are 4 dimensions of performance that constitute ambitious and effective pedagogy.
- Selecting and treating big ideas as models
- Working with science ideas in the classroom
- Pressing for explanation
- Working with students’ ideas
If you would like to see teaching performances that characterize the top levels of each of these 4 dimensions, you can go to the following case studies.
- Janet teaching about fungi to middle school students
- Melissa teaching about forces and motion to middle school students (coming in the Spring 2010)
- Brian teaching the physics of sound to high school students
- Bethany teaching about the Gas Laws to high school students (coming in the Spring 2010)