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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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by Erica K. Jacobsen
Thu, 11/12/2015 - 14:10

What draws you in to read an article you see in a magazine or journal? Past experiences? Current interests? In the case of the November 2015 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education, it was Darth Vader.

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Journal of Chemical Education November 2015 Cover
by Mary Saecker
Thu, 11/12/2015 - 12:12

Educational Opportunities and Challenges

The November 2015 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: materials science; polymer chemistry activities; green chemistry; biochemistry in the laboratory; research on student attitudes and the transition from high school to college chemistry; assessment; computer-based learning and computations; from the archives: chemistry YouTube videos.

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Especially for High School
by Erica K. Jacobsen
Fri, 10/16/2015 - 16:22

October was always the "big" one. That was the monthly issue that coincided with National Chemistry Week (NCW) when I was at the Journal of Chemical Education. In a past Especially for High School Teachers column, I compared the arrival of the October 2005 issue in the mail to receiving a Christmas gift. That year, it was filled with resources for sharing chemistry through “The Joy of Toys.” Those issues were a bonanza of articles chosen with precollege teachers in mind, including many that specifically matched the American Chemical Society NCW theme for the year.

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Journal of Chemical Education October 2015 Cover
by Mary Saecker
Thu, 10/15/2015 - 13:25

Celebrating National Chemistry Week 2015: Chemistry Colors Our World

The October 2015 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. National Chemistry Week, a community-based annual event uniting ACS local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the value of chemistry in our everyday life, is being celebrated October 18–24, 2015 with the theme “Chemistry Colors Our World”. Articles in this issue can help you make the most of this annual celebration.

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Journal of Chemical Education September 2015 Cover
by Mary Saecker
Thu, 09/10/2015 - 13:59

Effective Student Engagement

The September 2015 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. This issue includes articles on flipped classroom; introductory and general chemistry; organic chemistry activities; biochemistry demonstrations and labs; computer-based learning; chemical education research; from the archive: chemistry in context.

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mole definition
by Deanna Cullen
Sat, 08/15/2015 - 21:40

What is your definition of the term “mole” in chemistry? Many articles have been written about the term and the confusion surrounding it. It was not considered an SI unit (with an IUPAC definition) until 1971. IUPAC is considering a change to the 1971 definition. There has been discussion about whether the SI definition of the mole as determined by IUPAC necessarily needs to be identical to the definition used by chemists and teachers. This article provides a short list of some recent JCE articles discussing the change and what it might mean for teachers while also considering some misconceptions related to the mole in chemistry class.

 
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