Inquiry Interviews

This year one my goals is to use this space to talk specifically with various teachers about how they use inquiry in their chemistry classrooms.  My four questions are:

Whiteboarding Strategies

Students participate in a BoardWalk

In my first post I mentioned using the Chemistry Modeling Curriculum (CMC) in my classroom.  Although Modeling Instruction (MI) has been around for over 20 years, I discovered it during a workshop in the summer of 2010.

    Are you looking for that one website that has an abundance of chemistry knowledge?  Well, I came across and it is filled with all types of chemistry information.

The American Association of Chemistry Teachers

I graduated from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and education at the age of twenty-one. My first job, however, was in Texas, over 1,200 miles away from home. I was in a new state, with a new culture, working under a new title: teacher.

The power of seeing the chemistry in action

Distillation of ethanol

As I maneuver through the school year, a certain rhythm develops. The start of the year brings the excitement of new classes and new students. I'm often trying new things in the fall as I've reflected on the previous year's teaching over the summer.

Connecting and Collaborating with ACS

As this is my first blog post, I’d like to introduce myself to the ChemEdX community. I currently teach Chemistry I, Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry, and AP Chemistry at The University High School of Indiana. I use the Chemistry Modeling Curriculum in my classroom

Types of Chemical Reactions

I expect that most high school chemistry teachers assign some type of laboratory related to types of chemical reactions including synthesis, decomposition, single replacement and double replacement reactions. I have used several published versions, but I am sharing my modifications.

Time required: 

20 minutes prep, 40 minutes laboratory, 15-20 minutes discussion