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!
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!
The notion is to increase student engagement and persistence by embedding game design elements in a course or lesson. It seems to work in other industries, but can game elements be successfully applied in educational contexts?
Students’ preconceived notions about concepts may clash with the material that they are expected to learn. This cognitive dissonance creates discomfort for students.
Inspiring Teaching and Learning Chemistry for 97 Years
The January 2020 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: activities using household materials; demonstrations; health-oriented experiments; microplastics; environmental chemistry labs; fluorescence; surface chemistry; cost-effective equipment; augmented & virtual reality; laboratory curriculum; examining learning in general chemistry; organic chemistry teaching resource; from the archives: developing oral communication skills.
Ungrading has long been associated with the idea of purposefully eliminating or minimizing the use of points or letters to assess student work. The focus of ungrading is to provide extensive feedback to students and then jointly (students and instructors) come to a consensus as to what the grade should be. This post addresses what ungrading is and why do it.
Teacher burnout - it is real. How can teacher's adopt more sustainable grading practices to improve their work-life balance?
In this lesson, students are offered a variety of alternative versions of the periodic table. Students will identify trends that are consistent from one table to the next in order to understand why the tables they are working with and Mendeleev's version are organized in the manner that they are. This lesson was designed to fit the NGSS performance expectation HS-PS 1.1 but can be used for any first year chemistry course or modified at your discretion.
One reason so many students find chemistry difficult is the abstract nature of the concepts. Research based on the constructivist model of learning has shown that as an educator teaches, the learner makes meaning of the content by drawing from their background knowledge, attitude, abilities and everyday experience and this often results in a different construct than that of the teacher.