Card sorts are a great way to bring powerful retrieval practice into your classroom. Here are some of my favorite Card Sort Hacks you can use to step up your game!
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With millions of teachers and students facing remote-learning because of COVID-19, a global experiment may be a great way to engage students at home.
Particulate diagrams are all the rage in chemical education. Learn simple tricks to create your own!
There is a new process to renew your National Board certification coming in 2021.
This is Part 5 of a 5 part series* on National Board Certification in Early Adolescence and Young Adult Science. This post will focus on Component 4: Effective and Reflective Practitioner. It involves identifying an area where your students need to grow and an area where you need to grow professionally.
Teacher burnout - it is real. How can teacher's adopt more sustainable grading practices to improve their work-life balance?
I just finished my first week of school, like many teachers in the Midwest. I work hard to get my Honors Chemistry students in a lab setting as soon as possible. It is difficult to find a perfect lab to do on the first or second day of school. In my mind, the ideal first chemistry lab would require no prior chemistry knowledge, involve interesting chemistry, address an NGSS standard, be relatively safe, not require expensive glassware or lab tools, and reinforce positive class norms. I have found engineering labs fit the bill! I don't know if I have found the "perfect" lab, but I have found something close I want to share!
It is back-to-school time! I started school on September 3rd so I am just getting back into my school “groove.” On August 1st, College Board released its new AP Classroom platform (myap.collegeboard.org). While exploring this new online resource, I couldn’t help but reflect on how I teach AP Chemistry and what changes I will make in light of AP Classroom to ensure this year will be a great one!