Understanding the Current State of Middle School Education
This poster highlights State (North Carolina) and National Content Standards for 7th Grade Science Students that we felt have potential to design educational tools or systems for. It also explains how we arrived at our decisions. Following the completion of the series, these posters acted as a starting point to choose what we would design as a prototype. The Standards poster is part of a series of five that includes Standards, Teachers, Resources, Setting, and Students.
Our research began my making a matrix of all State and National Standards, then assessing each standards for Design-based Learning Methods and Processes (Expert mentoring, Collaboration, Conditions scenarios, and Diagramming and Modeling) and Types of Content Knowledge (Things seen, heard or read; Theories, concepts, and skills; Enduring Understanding). The eight standards in the middle of the poster are particular standards that had potential for multiple Methods and Processes and focused on transferable ideas (Enduring Understanding).