September 2018 Xchange

The September Xchange highlights just a few of the posts that have been published at ChemEd X over the past month. Have you thought about sharing your own classroom experience or recommending a resource for other members of the community? ChemEd X invites stakeholders in chemical education to submit articles, blogs, activities, demonstrations and picks. See the Contribution Guidelines for information about the specific content types. Before you submit, you should first read the Contribution page. Our readers are most interested in finding activities linked to NGSS, support for teaching AP chemistry, tips to make their labs and classwork more efficient, and help with creating better assessment tools, just to name a few topics.


How “The Learning Pit” Can Help Establish a Culture for Learning

Author Ryan Bruick uses "The Learning Pit" metaphor to set his students up for a successful year. "Throughout the year, we intentionally and explicitly track our growth through this metaphor. Are we at the precipice of falling, at the bottom, climbing out, or experiencing that 'Eureka!' moment?" 


Pick - Safely “Playing With Fire” in the Chemistry Classroom 

Ryan Johnson brings this Editors' Choice Journal of Chemical Education article to our attention. It is stock full of data, resources and discussion about the alarming rise in chemical accidents involving students and instructors, both formal and informal.


Suggested Hardware/Software for Making Quality Chemistry Video Tutorials

Have you thought about making chemistry video tutorials for your students but didn't quite know how to start? Or are you looking for ways to improve the quality of your video tutorials? Ben Meacham shares some tips.


Where did all the desks go?

Lauren Stewart has gone deskless in her classroom. The move is in response to classroom management, safety issues and the adoption of a 1:1 Chromebook program.


Charred Marshmallow Souffle

A new event called "The Mole"was unveiled at BCCE 2018. Tom Kuntzleman told the story of how one of his students discovered how to make marshmallows spark in the microwave oven.



Electrolytic Dissolution of Copper Metal - Revisited from August 2013

Looking for an easy, hands-on experiment to use in your classroom at the beginning of the school year? Tom Kuntzleman highlights a simple experiment, using household items, to demonstrate the electrolytic dissolution of copper ions from a copper electrode.


Especially JCE: September 2018

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 JCE September 2018 Issue Highlights.


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