The educator facilitates evidence-based explanations by explicitly teaching students a structure for evidence-based explanations, providing opportunities for students to build on their explanations, and supporting students as they learn to judge the reasonableness of evidence-based explanations.
Research on the most effective STEM teaching and learning practices, reflected in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards, among others, places an increased emphasis on explanation, justification, and communication of ideas. When students explain and justify their ideas, their understanding of valued STEM content deepens. Students need to be explicitly taught what an evidence-based explanation is and provided structures for forming, revising, and judging the reasonableness of their explanations of STEM phenomena and ideas.
Teaching students what evidence-based explanations look and sound like:
Providing structures for students to form, revise, and judge the reasonableness of evidence-based explanations:
To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Part 1, a Yes for each component in Part 2, and a Passing evaluation for each component in Part 3.
Educator should submit evidence of demonstration of competency in pressing students for evidence-based explanations. This may be in a 5-to-10-minute video demonstrating implementation of a classroom discussion, a transcript of the teacher questions and student responses, or an audio/recorded session that includes teacher questions and student responses.
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