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High School Chemistry Teachers are sought to share their perspectives on the effects of trauma in the high school chemistry classroom - as well as how teachers choose to deal with the effects of trauma in their own classrooms by completing a short survey. Please share this survey with your high school chemistry network.
I sometimes wonder why some call precipitation reactions "double decomposition". I suppose two (double) salts are sort of splitting apart (decomposing?) and then reforming with other radicals. But a solvent (usually water) is necessary to achieve the desired effect. But is adding water to a salt really decomposition?
Mentoring the Next Generation
The November 2019 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: biochemistry and visualizations; fostering effective explanations and instructions; learning through games and contests; green chemistry; investigations involving light; discovery-based laboratories; innovations in teaching; chemistry teacher experiences; foundations of chemistry; from the archive: infrared imaging.
As high school teachers, we know that understanding how measurement works is crucial for lab skills and for understanding significant figures. We think measurement should be an easy topic for students to learn; especially because we know that teachers begin working with students in elementary school to teach these skills. However, I, and many other teachers, have spent countless hours teaching and reteaching a seemingly simple skill.
NSF IUSE Program- 2019 Fall Proposal Preparation Webinar Series. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will offer two 90-minute webinars about preparing proposals for the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program.
A couple of days ago on Twitter, the ever-lasting debate between lecture and active learning reignited due to some talks at an Educational Research Conference held in Dublin. These talks stated direct guidance (which includes lecture) was superior in terms of student learning due its reduction of students’ cognitive load. The main citation used for this argument was an article by Kirschner, Sweller, and Clark published in 2006. So, let’s dive into what this article says.
The Devil's Milkshake is a simple, yet interesting chemistry experiment that fits well as a Halloween demo.