Education

Al D Hyde and the Key Tones

Last full day of BCCE and what a day it was!  Started the day with an amazing plenary speaker, Holly Walter Kerby and her work with Fusion Science Theater.  She talked about the aspects of a good play and how to use that same idea when doing a demonstration.  This engages the learner, helps them focus on the concepts behind the demo, and gives them an active role in the experience.

High School Science Research at the BCCE!

Hi. If you're at the BCCE and considering talks for Thursday morning, please consider coming to my talk at 10:15 in MAK A1117 (Erin Wasserman). I will be talking generally about high school enrichment programs with a big focus on the practical side of how to set up and run a science research program. You'd be surprised at how an authentic research experience can imapct a young kid!

Tuesday at BCCE

Another fabulous day surrounded by chemistry teachers from high schools, 2 year colleges, and universities from all around North America!  This morning I attended a workshop which presented 4 Target Inquiry (TI) activities.  Though I am a TI graduate, there are many activities I have never seen before.

Inquiry at BCCE

Happy BCCE week to y'all!  I am enjoying being back at my alma mater, Grand Valley State University.  This morning I attended a symposium focusing on what it means to be a professional and how to continue to grow throughout your career.  The strand running through each presentation was time and collaboration.

AACT at BCCE

Physics teachers have AAPT, biology teachers have NABT, and starting this fall, chemistry teachers will have AACT. We are happy to announce that the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) will be accepting charter members starting on Aug. 4 at BCCE in Grand Rapids, Mich. But if you aren’t attending BCCE, you can join AACT by visiting teachchemistry.org on Aug. 4, and you’ll still have the status of charter member.

The Cautious Chemist Corner: Safety in the Classroom and Laboratory

Chemistry classroom accidents have been in the news too often recently. I hazard to suggest that there are smaller incidents that never make the news because there are luckily no serious injuries. We need to be vigilant in our safety concerns to protect our students and ourselves from any accidents and exposure to hazardous substances. We also need to be aware of theft concerns. Unfortunately, students may be looking for ingredients to experiment with explosives or to manufacture illicit drugs.