Learning chemistry requires students to become fluent in the symbolic language of chemistry. Developing expertise requires that students move beyond manipulating equations and symbols to create explanations with particulate models of matter to explain their observations in the laboratory. Failure to accurately interpret and connect these multiple representations of matter and Johnstone’s Domains – macroscopic, particulate, and symbolic - is one source of students’ misconceptions. We hope you will join us on September 29th at 8pm EST to learn more about this topic from Stacey Lowery Bretz.
ChemEd X Talk
Digital notebooking is a dynamic process that integrates different learning experiences to challenge and reinforce student understanding. This method actively engages students in a manner that encourages discussion and collaboration. We hope you will join us on July 14th at 8pm EST to learn how Sarah English uses digital notebooks with her students.
In this ChemEd X Talk, Nora Walsh will share tips and advice for integrating interactive notebooks into chemistry lessons. She will share both general and specific tips on everything from organizing your classroom for notebooking to how to plan layouts, general and specific ideas for input and output, and some ideas on grading/scoring interactive notebooks. Join us on July 11th, 2022!
ChemEd X Talks with Doug Ragan about how he uses colored magnets in his classroom to represent things such as subatomic particles, states of matter, balancing chemical equations, types of bonding, molecular geometry and much more. Join the conversation! Register for this 45 minute Zoom meeting to be held April 14th at 8pm EST.
Solutions are all around us in life and chemistry class! The presenter for our next ChemBasics Talk, Kristen Vanderveen, will discuss solubility curves, molarity calculations, using particulate level modeling and simulations, making real world connections and so much more. Register for this (FREE) hour long Zoom meeting to be held February 10th, 2022, at 8pm EST.
Chemical Reactions is a topic that unites a number of skills from formula writing, balancing equations, predicting products and solubility to name a few. Our presenter, Sarah English, will explore the phenomenon of burning steel wool in a chemical reactions storyline and show how this topic provides a seamless transition into future concepts such as oxidation and reduction chemistry, organic chemistry and stoichiometry. Register for this (FREE) hour long Zoom meeting to be held January 13th, 2022, at 8pm EST.
Gas Laws are an essential and easily accessible area of chemistry to understand. They can be an excellent foothold into the inner workings of chemistry. In this ChemBasics Talk, Daniel Radoff will be arguing for moving a discussion of gas laws earlier in the school year. He will provide some labs, handouts, demos, and other ideas for ways of teaching this engaging subject. Register for this (FREE) hour long Zoom meeting to be held December 9th at 8pm EST.
Chemical bonding is a pivotal topic in chemistry classes that can be overwhelming for students and teachers alike - so much to teach, so many ways that it can be overwhelming! In this ChemBasics Talk, Nora Walsh will share her favorite activities, tips, and discovery activities for teaching chemical bonding and naming. Join us! Register for this (FREE) hour long Zoom meeting to be held November 4th at 8pm EST.
Learning about the periodic table and how the elements are arranged are both essential to success in chemistry. In this ChemBasics Talk, Rachmad Tjachyadi offers everything necessary to plan a unit on the topic including linked NGSS standards, introductory activities and handouts, student and teacher notes, and manipulative activities. This content will be shared with the new teacher in mind but experienced teachers will find it helpful as well. Register for this hour long Zoom meeting to be held October 7th at 8pm EST.
ChemEd X Talks with members of ACCT, Assessing for Change in Chemical Thinking. In order to teach chemistry effectively, we must ascertain what our students are thinking about chemistry and make a decision regarding what to do with what we learn. Formative assessment questions provide a useful lens into students' minds regarding what they are thinking about chemistry. Let us consider then, how categorizing formative assessment questions could help us plan out our classes more deliberately, in order to better design purposeful written formative assessments that align with our curricular goals. Join us! Register for this 30 minute Zoom meeting to be held May 26th at 7pm EST.