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Journal of Chemical Education June 2014 Cover
by Mary Saecker
Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:04

Facilitating the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry The June 2014 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers at http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jceda8/91/6. The June issue includes articles on using the senses and esters to teach chemistry, developing student-centered activities, introducing the periodic table with puzzles, teaching visual literacy, and exploring thermochromic materials.

Recent activity: 12 months 1 hour ago
Journal of Chemical Education May 2014 Cover
by Mary Saecker
Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:24

Bringing Together Chemistry Educators The May 2014 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is available online to subscribers at http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jceda8/91/5.

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SAFETY
by Deanna Cullen
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 17:44

I was at a chemistry teacher workshop recently and we participated in a common Hess’s Law laboratory. Part of the procedure required us to measure about 2 grams of solid NaOH and add it to 100 mL of 0.5 M HCl. We also added 50 mL of 1 M NaOH solution to 50 mL of 0.5 M HCl solution. We then compared the energy change of both containers.

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Recent activity: 12 months 1 hour ago
Art and Science
by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Thu, 06/19/2014 - 19:36

Toward the end of the school year we inevitably have disruptions to our normal instructional day. On one day in May, our classes were shortened to only fifteen minutes to accommodate for a series of school wide exams. On this day, I decided to choose some of my favorite chemistry-themed YouTube videos and share them with my students.

Recent activity: 12 months 1 hour ago
by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Sat, 05/03/2014 - 15:57

In my previous blog post I described some problems I encountered when beginning my instruction on energy this year.  From the misconceptions fostered by the biology textbooks using the phrase “high-energy phosphate bond” to idea that energy comes in different forms, the Modeling community recognizes the challenges of teaching the energy concept and has developed a way of talking about energy designed to help students construct a consistent and cohesive model.

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Recent activity: 2 months 5 days ago
Journal of Chemical Education April 2014 Cover
by Mary Saecker
Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:01

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day—The Wonders of Water The April 2014 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers at http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jceda8/91/4. The April issue features water and environmental chemistry.

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by Michael A. Morgan
Fri, 03/21/2014 - 13:02

I have long felt that teaching directly to the test is not the best way to approach education. Therefore I often include topics in my AP Chemistry classes that are not directly tested on the exam. More complex topics often help my students with building their grasp of fundamental ideas and leads to a better ability to understand simple and complex theories.

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Journal of Chemical Education March 2014 Cover
by Mary Saecker
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:36

Teaching Chemistry and Making a Difference The March 2014 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers at http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jceda8/91/3. The March issue features: changing the curriculum to make connections, forensic chemistry, computer-based learning, hands-on activities and labs for introductory chemistry, teaching physical chemistry, organic and biochemistry labs, and the mole concept.

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by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Sun, 03/02/2014 - 13:26

In my last article I described several different strategies you could use in your classroom to integrate the use of whiteboards. Whiteboarding can be a powerful tool for increasing student engagement when it is implemented well. The success of a whiteboarding activity greatly depends on how well the instructor focuses the student interaction and guides the discussion.

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by Deanna Cullen
Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:07

Robert H. Hill, Jr., Ph.D., Chair, ACS Committee on Chemical Safety asked us to post the following alert about the Rainbow Demonstration. I hope chemistry teachers will share the alert with their networks.

Recent activity: 12 months 1 hour ago