January 2020 Xchange

Happy New Year!

The January 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.

     

What do scientists have to say about the connection between climate change and the bush fires in Australia?

     

FLIR cameras primarily deal with the infrared part of the EMR spectrum. The camera detects infrared energy and converts it into an electrical signal, which is then processed to produce a thermal image on a video monitor. 

     

Considering the switch to standards-based grading? You might be wondering how lab reports work in a system that is not based on points. The author explains she just decides whether she is grading chemistry content skills, scientific communication skills, or both.

     

Some institutions make use of standardized student evaluations, which may not concentrate on an instructor's targeted areas of growth and development. For this reason, the author produces his own student survey for use at the end of a semester and focuses on specific facets of his course.

     

This is Part 5 of a 5 part series* on National Board Certification in Early Adolescence and Young Adult Science. This post will focus on Component 4: Effective and Reflective Practitioner. It involves identifying an area where your students need to grow and an area where you need to grow professionally.

     

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 an instructor might do it.

     

Check out an all-expenses paid summer 2020 professional development institute for high school chemistry teachers. Priority application deadline: February 28, 2020. Apply today!

 

     

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

     

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