February 2020 Xchange

The February 2020 Xchange highlights some of the contributions that have been published on ChemEd X over the past month. We hope you will take a moment to check in and see what you may have missed.

     

By working with teachers nationwide, the ACCT team believes that they can help teachers re-imagine the way that they think about chemistry, and develop more purposeful and productive ways of interacting with their students to help them learn.

     

For many years, Tom Kuntzleman has observed a red to blue color change when he rinsed his bowl after eating frozen blueberries. He thought for some time that it was an acid-base reaction causing this. Well, read on to learn about the blueberry surprise!

     

Lessons learned from co-teaching with an intervention specialist in ninth grade physical science: Five strategies that work with students of all intellectual abilities. 

     

The ability to anticipate the errors that students tend to make should serve as a guiding principle when designing assessment items. In addition, a well-written question can uncover student misconceptions.

     

Students’ preconceived notions about concepts may clash with the material that they are expected to learn. This cognitive dissonance creates discomfort for students. 

     

This unique microscale gas collection technique provides students with reasonably good data in a short period of time. Students have more time to analyze the data and communicate their findings. 

     

A lot of time is spent assessing students but how much time is spent assessing ourselves and our peers? Some faculty take departmental evaluations seriously and professionally while others prefer not to for a variety of reasons. What happens when a faculty member introduces evaluation guidelines into a department that had none previously? Read and find out.

 

     
BCCE 2020

The 26th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, BCCE 2020, will be held on the campus of Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon USA July 18 - 23, 2020. We invite our chemistry education and science education colleagues at the pre-college level (K-12) and college level to submit abstracts of their work for presentations in the symposia sessions, the general papers sessions, or the poster sessions. Deadline to submit an abstract is February 24th.


 

     

The Febuary 2020 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Mary Saecker highlights the content along with related links from the archives. 

     

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