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Journal of Chemical Education February 2016 Cover
by Mary Saecker
Mon, 02/15/2016 - 10:31

Providing Unique Learning Experiences

The February 2016 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: metal–organic cage & host–guest interactions; safety; innovative teaching approaches; understanding kinetics; computer-based instruction; activities combining ethics and analysis; “play with your food” laboratories; synthesis and analysis in the laboratory; fluorescence-based experiments; chemical education research; mining the archives: copper.

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by Erica K. Jacobsen
Wed, 02/10/2016 - 18:16

The extent of my involvement with football is to check scores to see who won the Super Bowl and to watch an online recap of the best commercials that aired during the game. Nonetheless, I was excited to read, appropriately enough, on Super Bowl Sunday, a football-focused activity in the February 2016 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education.

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Three levels of representation
by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Mon, 02/08/2016 - 15:40

This past summer our conversations turned to, “How can we improve our instruction to try and prevent the initial misunderstanding?” We had all read Dorothy Gabel’s article Improving Teaching and Learning Through Chemistry Education Research: A Look to the Future. We were intrigued by the author's description of the three fold system of representing concepts in chemistry.

 
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Standards Based Grading
by Lauren Stewart
Fri, 01/22/2016 - 11:12

An educational reform that has been gaining a large amount of popularity in the last decade is standards-based grading (SBG). The heart of the SBG movement is truly rooted in one very important question, “what do you want your grades mean?” In a traditional points-based system, a student’s grade typically reflects performance on tests and quizzes, ability to turn in homework, participation, and maybe some extra points for bringing in tissues. This system leaves little room for reflection, remediation and growth. It also puts an undue weight on behavior as opposed to learning. In an SBG system, a student’s grade reflects how well he/she has mastered a set of learning targets. This system gives students timely feedback and opportunities to remediate and reassess their knowledge and skills. Behavior is modified outside of the gradebook so grades simply reflect learning. 

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Infographic contest
by Erica K. Jacobsen
Sat, 01/16/2016 - 22:48

American Chemical Society (ACS) ChemClubs and ChemMatters have teamed up to offer a chemistry infographic contest for teachers, students, and really, any chemistry aficionado out there who would like to enter. Choose any chemistry topic and communicate it creatively and clearly through an original infographic. A class project or science club activity, perhaps?

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Journal of Chemical Education January 2016 Cover
by Mary Saecker
Thu, 01/14/2016 - 12:55

Kick Off 2016 with Volume 93

The January 2016 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: examining the flipped classroom; central ideas in chemistry & teaching; chemistry, art, & color; expanding student understanding; improving student communication skills; analytical chemistry & instrumental analysis; experimenting with natural products; undergraduate research experiences; educational resources; from the archive: using nonfiction to teach.

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by Erica K. Jacobsen
Wed, 01/13/2016 - 13:52

I had a conversation with a college freshman after church last Sunday. She had recently wrapped up her first semester’s courses, which included chemistry. I asked what she thought of the class. What would you predict her response to be? It was, “I’m glad there are people out there like you who like chemistry,” but it wasn’t for her. She had survived it, and it was done.

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AMTA
by Anonymous (not verified)
Tue, 01/12/2016 - 14:40

50 Modeling Workshops in high school and middle school sciences will be offered this summer, in many states. Most workshops are two or three weeks long. CEUs; optional graduate credit, stipends at grant-funded sites. Modeling Instruction is research-informed.

 

 

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Dec 2015 JCE
by Erica K. Jacobsen
Thu, 12/17/2015 - 09:14

Think it’s possible to get nostalgic over paperwork? I just did, spurred by editor-in-chief Norb Pienta’s editorial Thinking about Champions in the December 2015 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education.

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Journal of Chemical Education December 2015
by Mary Saecker
Fri, 12/11/2015 - 12:05

Best Practices in Chemistry Education

The December 2015 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: learning in the laboratory; understanding structure–property relationships; using ACS exams data;  inquiry- and problem-based learning; foundation-level instruction; teaching physical chemistry; examining protein structure; interdisciplinary laboratory experiments; from the archives: chemistry and toys.

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