November 2018 Xchange

Dear Readers,

Our November issue of the Xchange highlights just a few of the contributions we have published over the past month. I hope you will take a moment to check in and see what you may have missed. 

Deanna Cullen


Recent efforts have recognized the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards as the most current research regarding what we know about teaching and learning of science, and have suggested that 3-dimensional (3D) instruction should guide science instruction at not only the K-12 level, but also at the college level.


You are likely aware that diamonds are converted - albeit slowly - to graphite under normal conditions. Thus, diamonds don't last forever, in contrast to the popular advertising slogan. However, did you know that you can use chemistry to prove that diamonds are not forever? It's simpler than you think... 


Light is a challenging topic in chemistry. The author, Scott Milam, shares an outline of how he approaches the content related to interactions between matter and light using activities, a simulation, demonstrations and whiteboards.


The author shares a five puzzle mystery that aligns with her chemistry curriculum after instruction on the properties of elements and electron configurations. She uses this mystery as a review to prepare for assessments over the properties of elements, symbols on the periodic table and the difference between groups and periods. 


- Revisited from April 2016

Allison Tarvin explains a lab she uses in AP chemistry to review and reinforce lab techniques, for example, making solutions, diluting solutions, and decanting liquids. She uses the experience to prepare students for kinetics, equilibrium, and titration labs that will follow.


The November issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Erica Jacobsen regularly highlights JCE articles that are of special interest to high school teachers. If you would like to explore the whole issue in more depth, check out Mary Saecker's .




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