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by Chad Husting
Sun, 07/15/2018 - 07:48

Since I am unable to attend BCCE this year, I am asking for readers to consider two things to help me out. First, if you are attending BCCE, I hope you will submit a blog post to ChemEd X outlining at least one thing you learned. Second, I hope to find one or more teachers willing to try out Flipgrid and open our classrooms to share what we are teaching/learning. 

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by Lauren Stewart
Mon, 07/02/2018 - 15:37

Once you get into your teaching routine, there is not a lot of struggle. There are changes and challenges, but rarely do you encounter a situation that completely breaks your confidence or forces you entirely out of your comfort zone. I don’t think I fully appreciated the frustration, pain and inadequacy my students sometimes feel until today.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Sun, 07/01/2018 - 12:33

A vareity of activities performed at a science camp that relate to the chemistry of the solar system are reported. These activities could prove useful in the chemistry curriculum or in planning for National Chemistry Week in 2018, the theme of which is Chemistry is Out of This World!

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by Chad Husting
Mon, 06/25/2018 - 10:55

I attended a presentation that provided a couple of great ideas for improving on traditional worksheets and bell ringers by using Google Slides.

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by Andrea Amato
Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:14

I have been interested in the adsorption properties of shells and other common materials. I decided to test the adsorption properties of almond shells towards methylene blue and I am sharing how it went here.

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by Dan Meyers
Tue, 06/12/2018 - 07:31

How do you demonstrate how a buffer system works? I did some brainstorming, devised a plan and it went well. This post is a description of what I did.

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by Sibrina Collins
Mon, 06/11/2018 - 11:07

In our recently published letter in the Journal of Chemical Education,"Black Panther, Vibranium and the Periodic Table", we describe how the movie, Black Panther, provides a unique opportunity for students to think critically about the arrangement of the periodic table. 

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by Lauren Stewart
Mon, 06/04/2018 - 08:25

In the past five years I have wrestled with the questions, “what is the purpose of a final exam” and “how do I incorporate a final exam into my grading system.” At this point, I have found peace in answers to both of these questions and part of that relies on my students completing an electronic portfolio.

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by Chad Husting
Sat, 06/02/2018 - 14:39

Imagine if you could start all over with a brand new classroom! What would you want or do in your dream room? 

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by Andrea Amato
Thu, 05/31/2018 - 11:42

In this blog post, I would like to share a relatively simple demonstration you may use to introduce the concept of antioxidant along with its potential in everyday life.

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