Education

Student Recommendation Tips

Every year, high school teachers across the country are asked to write college recommendations for their current and former students. With today’s competitive college culture, and an ever-growing list of teacher responsibilities—how can we be expected to write 10, sometimes more, original college recommendations each year for our students? As a teacher who was just introduced to all of this two years ago, I’ve spoken with college recruiters, researched how and what to include within a recommendation letter, consulted with guidance counselors (who see the range of recommendations, confidentially), and, most importantly, spoken with veteran teachers who write recommendation letters. After putting together the results of everything that I have learned, I have developed the following set of tips and advice. So, whether you are a pro at writing recommendation letters and are just looking to keep your letters fresh or you are a complete novice, as I was not too long ago, I hope that my advice will be helpful to you.

Green Chemistry

This past summer, I took part in an online professional development offered by . According to the Web site, “Beyond Benign was created by Dr. John Warner, a founder of the field of Green Chemistry, to provide an approach and means for scientists, particularly those involved in green chemistry and sustainable science, to reach out to the public.” I learned a great deal from the training. I was exposed to many resources that I did not know existed. I found lessons that I can easily incorporate into my curriculum that make a connection between the student and the chemistry content. Nothing is more powerful in a chemistry classroom than when a student can identify how the course content affects their everyday life and their future.

MOSART Tests

The MOSART tests are designed to measure understanding of science concepts. The name, MOSART, stands for:

Misconceptions-Oriented Standards-based Assessment Resources for Teachers

 

Mole of the Year

Here is a pic from the 2009 award including board members of the National Mole Day Foundation and past Moles of the Year.

goReact app

I was excited to recently come across a new free app for the iPad entitled goREACT by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.

Mole Day is coming!!

Want ideas for this year's theme:  The AniMOLE Kingdom?  Visit www.moleday.org or visit the facebook page National Mole Day Foundation Inc.

There are so many fun ways to celebrate with your class.  One of my favorites was building an acetylene cannon and shooting stuffed moles students

Beyond Benign

Environmental studies can be included in any science curriculum.  Whether you are looking for lessons to incorporate ideas related to "green chemistry" or you are looking to use safer methods and materials in the laboratory, you will find many great resources at this site.  There are new labs and also replacement labs for some of those familar activities that we shouldn't b