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ACCT team member blogs are an excellent place to learn more about Chemical thinking. Relevant posts are listed below, and can be found on the 'Blogs' page at ChemEd X.
When you think back to your first experience with a chemistry experiment, what do you imagine? More likely than not, a papier-mâché volcano spewing forth the products of a mixture of baking soda and vinegar (possibly dyed with red food coloring for effect 😀) comes to mind. The chemical reaction volcano is a stalwart presence in the elementary school classroom as it is exciting, safe, and lends itself to relatively free chemistry experimentation for young children.
As physical distancing continues and we persist in teaching our chemistry classes online, it behooves us as teachers to spend some time considering how we can purposefully observe and decipher the written work that our students submit.