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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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Recent activity: 4 months 1 week ago
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.

Recent activity: 5 months 2 weeks ago
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.

Recent activity: 3 months 1 week ago
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.

Recent activity: 6 months 1 week ago
by Erica K. Jacobsen
Sun, 12/11/2016 - 19:31

Sharing the topics of measurement and the metric system could at first thought be seen as largely a visual endeavor. Students might measure the lengths of various objects and then convert their results from one metric prefix to another. Ditto mass or volume, with their respective measuring tools. What if the sense of touch could be incorporated to provide a different aspect of learning, beyond simply manipulating the objects?

Recent activity: 6 months 1 week ago
Nov 2016 issue of JCE
by Erica K. Jacobsen
Mon, 11/14/2016 - 12:49

What surprised you most about class last week? What do you think was the muddiest point in class last week? These two questions are part of an article that caught my eye in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education—Surprises in the Muddy Waters of High-Enrollment Courses.

Recent activity: 7 months 1 week ago
Journal of Chemical Education November 2016
by Mary Saecker
Tue, 11/08/2016 - 11:54

Analytical Thinking, Analytical Action

The November 2016 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: electrochemistry; researching how assessment aids learning; using technology to teach; environmental chemistry; hands-on, minds-on activities and demonstrations; geology-inspired chemistry.

Recent activity: 7 months 2 weeks ago
October 2016 issue of JCE
by Erica K. Jacobsen
Thu, 10/13/2016 - 13:52

National Chemistry Week begins on October 16 this year. It’s a time for celebration, a time to highlight chemistry’s contributions to our lives, a time to spark interest in this particular science. How will you mark the occasion? Participation in community outreach activities, perhaps? Highlighting NCW in your classes?

Recent activity: 8 months 2 weeks ago