When the world stopped back in March, I wrote that no one knew how to teach in a pandemic. Here we are, 8 months later and we are still learning and adapting every day. I know each teacher has their own unqiue set of challenges this year, but I have found some small wins that I’m happy to share.
In this activity, students learn about solubility and concentration. They watch videos that explain the dissolving process, how to calculate the molarity, supersaturation and how to make rock candy. They also use a PhET simulation to explore factors that affect the concentration of a solution.
Students today will be mid-career professionals in 2050. What will the world look like? As a truly central science did chemistry play a crucial role in adequately addressing the challenges identified in first quarter of the 21st century? And what lessons were learned from what was taught in chemistry courses about resiliency and how to thrive and live in the midst of the complexity, uncertainty and abrupt changes brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic?
In this activity, students express their creativity and show their understanding of concept by creating a video for their final project.
This blog post describes some strategies, including a tool called Calendly which makes scheduling appointments much easier, which might help increase office hour visitation.
The Center for Teaching and Learning at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy now offers a variety of online professional development opportunities. Among the current selection, there is a chemistry offering titled Gamifying Chemistry.
Some teachers do not like the idea of letting students do a "redo" on an assignment. It can, if done carefully, have a positive impact on students learning and the culture of the classroom.