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by Dustin Williams
Wed, 03/20/2019 - 02:31

This assignment helps students realize that chemistry class is not just a place where we talk about and imagine stuff we can’t see, but the things we learn in chemistry are actually used in real life in lots of different ways.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Thu, 03/14/2019 - 17:08

In honor of the International Year of the Periodic Table, Tom Kuntzleman decided to write a song, sing it, and shoot an accompanying video to honor 150 years of the Periodic Table of Elements. Enjoy his song and video: Chemistry is Everywhere!

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by Josh Kenney
Wed, 03/13/2019 - 15:02

Developing PCK requires a certain level of subject matter knowledge, and teachers have a different understanding of subject matter than a person who specializes in that same field. A chemistry teacher and a ‘practicing’ chemist both have subject matter knowledge in chemistry; however, the knowledge is applied differently.

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by Lauren Stewart
Thu, 03/07/2019 - 11:06

I am sharing a hack I use in my standards based grading (SBG) classroom to help things run more smoothly.

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by Kristen Drury
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 06:24

Let me share some tips I learned reading the Advanced Placement Chemistry Exam in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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by Dustin Williams
Thu, 02/28/2019 - 20:13

This strategy has been very helpful in establishing relevance to topics taught and in making connections between topics taught within a unit. It also provides a way for students to ask questions and make written explanations of phenomena, which are “Science and Engineering Practices” of NGSS.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Wed, 02/27/2019 - 12:37

Did you figure out how the experiment in Chemical Mystery #14 was performed? The solution is presented here!

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by Melissa Hemling
Mon, 02/25/2019 - 19:28

Like many AP Chemistry teachers, I was not fond of teaching Photoelectron Spectroscopy (PES). Surprisingly, I fell in love with teaching PES in AP Chemistry this year after I made an old-school change.

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by Stephanie O'Brien
Tue, 02/19/2019 - 18:50

Given a guiding question, students determined what they wanted to test, did the experiment and got their CER boards ready for review. Instead of a regular argumentation session, we had a glow and grow session, where students had to provide positive and negative feedback for each board.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:46

You can figure out how this Valentine's Day experiment was done...if you know your chemistry, that is!

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