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by Erica K. Jacobsen
Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:05

Throw the phrase “chemistry class” at someone to get their reaction. What do you predict it would be? A chalkboard full of stoichiometry problems? Wading through the atomic masses on the periodic table? Bubbling beakers? Something else? In any case, I’m guessing his or her first answer would not be, “Creative writing.”

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Journal of Chemical Education March 2017 Cover
by Mary Saecker
Tue, 03/14/2017 - 14:06

Promoting Problem-Solving and Discovery Learning

The March 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: protein chemistry; making connections in in chemical education research; chemical bonding; importance of non-technical skills; courses built on reactivity; periodic table; heterocyclic compounds; teaching resources; from the archives: Using Wikipedia and Wikis to teach.

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Students work in the kitchen/lab
by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Thu, 02/16/2017 - 09:38

Food chemistry is an interesting and fun class for students. Read the article for some suggestions about resources along with an outline of a unit developed around water in cooking. 

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Winter & Cullen at ACS SanDiego
by Deanna Cullen
Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:40

Julia Winter is the 2016 Conant Award winner. She is a veteran chemistry teacher from Michigan. You can watch a video interview recorded March 2016.

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Journal of Chemical Education February 2017 Cover
by Mary Saecker
Tue, 02/14/2017 - 14:30

Fostering Creativity in Chemistry

The February 2017 online issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured include: surface chemistry; chemical identity thinking; conceptual understanding; communicating science to the general public; activities and labs linking chemistry and art; history and chemistry; early access to research; technology as instructional support; synthesis laboratories; from the archives: bottle chemistry.

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by Erica K. Jacobsen
Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:40

Erica Jacobsen shares highlights from the February 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education that are of special interest to high school chemistry teachers.

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Claims, Evidence & Reasoning example
by Ben Meacham
Mon, 02/13/2017 - 09:10

For me, the first step toward teaching my students how to critically think about how they structured an argument or explanation was to implement the Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) framework. While the premise behind CER isn’t anything new to the way science teachers already think, it provides an entirely different approach toward how students connect their experiences and previously learned content into something that is much more reflective of being scientifically literate.

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Jan 2017 issue of JCE
by Erica K. Jacobsen
Tue, 01/10/2017 - 16:18

Highlights from the January 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education of special interest to high school chemistry teachers.

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Journal of Chemical Education January 2017
by Mary Saecker
Tue, 01/10/2017 - 14:12

Ringing in Volume 94

The January 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: NMR spectroscopy; examining assessment; inquiry-based practices; cost-effective instrumentation; miscibility demonstrations; innovative laboratory experiments; from the archives: lightsticks.

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Journal of Chemical Education December 2016
by Mary Saecker
Tue, 12/13/2016 - 14:38

Improving Student Understanding

The December 2016 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: synthesis in the laboratory, examining and using a flipped classroom, improving labs through multimedia-based and student-directed learning, using applied math for better understanding, improving student understanding of thermodynamics, inclusive chemistry teaching, using manuscript review for assessment, climate chemistry, spectroscopy experiments, performing safe demonstrations.

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