May 2020 Xchange

The May 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.

     

The Exploding Pringles can design challenge is an open-ended formative assessment developed by the ACCT team, which tasks students with designing an explosion that produces the maximum boom within a Pringles container with a fixed volume.

     

Check out Tom's most recent chemical mystery! If you know your chemistry, you can figure out how the bubbles get busted!

 

     

While POGIL Activities are designed to be completed synchronously in a collaborative team setting with the teacher present as the facilitator, there are ways to utilize the activities in an asynchronous online setting.

     

Living at the macroscopic level, it’s no surprise that understanding and effectively communicating chemistry concepts can often be a challenging endeavor. Attempting to rationalize our observations through particle-level interpretations requires us to think in less intuitive ways that often create a cognitive barrier for our students. And for good reason.

     

After making the switch from in-person to virtual chemistry learning in the wake of school closures due to COVID-19, teachers have continued to make adjustments. The author has found a few new strategies and made changes to his course in response to the needs of his students and the nature of online learning.

     

As physical distancing continues and we persist in teaching our chemistry classes online, it behooves us as teachers to spend some time considering how we can purposefully observe and decipher the written work that our students submit.

More ACCT news: Due to the changes in schooling caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACCT project is changing its plan for professional development for 2020-2021 school year. The new application deadline is November 6th and the PD will not begin until January 2021.
     

Germany issued a pair of stamps that honor two fundamentally huge accomplishments in science in 1994. The Quantum Theory and Ohm’s Law. They were really well designed stamps and very accurate in their science.

     

Are you looking for a new podcast to enjoy on your way to or from work? NGS Navigators is a podcasat that offers quality professional development to support teachers with NGSS content and strategies.

     

The May 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. Find more information about submitting articles for a special issue of JCE on .

     

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