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by Josh Kenney
Mon, 01/14/2019 - 14:53

I think that most people can recall someone whom we considered to be a great teacher. The kind of person who inspired us and motivated us to learn. As I started my career, I remember wondering what kind of teacher my students thought I was.

Recent activity: 4 days 21 hours ago
by Stephanie O'Brien
Sat, 01/12/2019 - 17:10

I recently attended a workshop at my state conference about improvisation techniques to use in the classroom. As a teacher we are challenged to constantly adapt our pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of our learners, and this workshop provided some new strategies to do just that.

Recent activity: 5 days 16 hours ago
by Dustin Williams
Fri, 01/11/2019 - 19:10

I put together a Science Reasoning Rubric that can be used for many writing prompts in a Chemistry class. It can be used whether a prompt is more suited toward a claim or an explanation. I like that the rubric can be used for lots of the writing tasks students will encounter in a Chemistry class. This means students get used to seeing it, and this consistency is helpful as students write explanations and claims throughout the year.

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by Lauren Stewart
Fri, 01/04/2019 - 12:28

With a Master's degree in geology, I have a deep and abiding love for rocks and minerals. The great thing about geology is, it's all about chemistry! I want to share one of my favorite links between geology and chemistry that my students think is pretty cool too. 

Recent activity: 1 week 5 days ago
by Kristen Drury
Fri, 01/04/2019 - 08:19

I am already planning for my trip to Illinois in July to attend ChemEd 2019! Let me tell you why I want to attend.

Recent activity: 2 weeks 1 day ago
by Chad Husting
Tue, 01/01/2019 - 07:20

It can be difficult to engage students in reviewing for semester exams by using worksheets or practicing problems on the whiteboard. If you are looking to change up your review plans, you might consider using a lab activity that provides opportunity to revisit many of the topics that need to be covered.

Recent activity: 2 weeks 3 days ago
by Chad Husting
Sun, 12/16/2018 - 14:01

It is always helpful to have a lab that can be adapted to meet the needs of students. The "Magnesium Lab" is one of these experiments.

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by Stephanie O'Brien
Sat, 12/15/2018 - 16:23

In an effort to align an old VSEPR lesson to NGSS, I told my students that we were going to look at the data available from the real molecules on the pHET simulation we were using and specifically look for patterns. Finding patterns is a cross-cutting concept; one of the three dimensions of NGSS.

Recent activity: 1 month 4 days ago
by Ariel Serkin
Wed, 12/12/2018 - 20:31

December is a busy time for many educators as we try to wrap up content before a long break and maybe incorporate fun activities into the curriculum. There are concerts, field trips, projects, presentations, and even variety shows to “celebrate the season.” However, I find that when schools try to get into the “holiday spirit”, they may unintentionally create an environment where students and teachers may feel excluded.

Recent activity: 1 month 5 days ago
by Chad Husting
Sun, 12/02/2018 - 19:30

One aspect of Argument Driven Inquiry that has not been discussed here is the peer editing piece. I have succesfully tried it out with my own students.

 

Recent activity: 1 month 2 weeks ago