5E Instructional Model
The 5E Instructional Model is a learning cycle based on a constructivist view of learning. Constructivism embraces the idea that learners bring with them preconceived ideas about how the world works and that they need to redefine and reorganize those ideas through learning experiences and self-reflection in order to gradually gain a more accurate and deeper scientific understanding. The 5 phases of the 5E model encourages this constructivist approach to learning by having students explore and gradually construct their own understanding of scientific concepts.
For further explanation, please read the NSTA Article: BSCS 5E Instructional Model.
To see how the 5 E model is evolving, please read Expanding the 5E Model.
Cari Williams is a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for the Tustin Unified School District in Southern California. She holds a MS in Instructional Design and Technology from Cal State Fullerton and works on the side as a consultant writing science and STEAM curriculum and training teachers. After working for 12 years in the classroom as a middle school science and STEAM teacher, she transitioned into the role of Digital Learning Coach in 2013. In this role, Cari helped teachers innovate curriculum and shift pedagogies through the integration of educational technologies. Her most current work as a TOSA is focused on engineering design in robotics, computer science, and Makerspaces. She is an official VEX Robotics event partner hosting tournaments for teams from around Southern California as well as leading 28 robotics programs servicing over 100 teams in the Tustin Unified School District. Although her expertise has taken her deep into STEAM education, she remains passionate and engaged in helping teachers transition to the NGSS through participating as a Science Peer Review Panelist for Achieve and as a Professional Learning Facilitator for NSTA.