I'm one of the luckiest teachers in the world. No joke.
I work with amazing teachers who are more than willing to lend me their expertise and critical eye. Step One: I have been able to send a draft of my opening unit lesson plans to them....and they send time reading, reviewing and commenting on my lessons. They don't get paid. They don't get anything.
But they do this to make "all of us" stronger in delivering our content to students and helping them fall in love with science.
Here's a perfect example....the standard calls for explaining the relationship between mass and energy. Step Two: I hadn't addressed that in my mini-experiments.....they pointed that out to me and I was able to go back and find out how the lesson could be changed just a bit to include this.
I just overlooked this part and my colleagues helped me cover it. I was doing all this from my personal computer at home, since it was the summer. Now that school has started, I've moved all this to my Dropbox folder so that I can access the file at work and also share it with my colleagues as it gets closer and closer to being complete.
That's why I'm posting this.....together we are smarter than I am by myself. Hopefully what I've started in the lesson will be helpful to my colleagues and give them a way to incorporate all three componenets of the NGSS lessons (crosscutting concept, science practices and content). Students will be the beneficiaries of this collaboration.
I wish we had more time to do this formally....there is "time" but usually someone tells me what I should be doing with it. I think I have a pretty good idea and what I need to do.