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by Deanna Cullen
Fri, 11/08/2013 - 11:25

This past summer, I took part in an online professional development offered by . According to the Web site, “Beyond Benign was created by Dr. John Warner, a founder of the field of Green Chemistry, to provide an approach and means for scientists, particularly those involved in green chemistry and sustainable science, to reach out to the public.” I learned a great deal from the training. I was exposed to many resources that I did not know existed. I found lessons that I can easily incorporate into my curriculum that make a connection between the student and the chemistry content. Nothing is more powerful in a chemistry classroom than when a student can identify how the course content affects their everyday life and their future.

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by Deanna Cullen
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 14:03

We are encouraged to use modelling these days and I have some activities to share along with some videos that might help you in the process.

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by Deanna Cullen
Fri, 10/25/2013 - 13:58

I used JCE Classroom Activity #111 in my chemistry classes today. (Subscription to JCE required.) What a great way to help students make the connection between number of ions present, the charges of the ions and the neutral compound formula.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Sat, 10/19/2013 - 09:21

Halloween is a great time of year to do experiments with fluorescence. Check out the video in which we experiment with some fluorescent yarn.

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by Sarah Kong
Thu, 10/10/2013 - 06:59

Here is a pic from the 2009 award including board members of the National Mole Day Foundation and past Moles of the Year.

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by Doug Ragan
Wed, 10/09/2013 - 12:13

I was excited to recently come across a new free app for the iPad entitled goREACT by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.

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by Sarah Kong
Tue, 10/08/2013 - 12:43

Want ideas for this year's theme:  The AniMOLE Kingdom?  Visit www.moleday.org or visit the facebook page National Mole Day Foundation Inc.

There are so many fun ways to celebrate with your class.  One of my favorites was building an acetylene cannon and shooting stuffed moles students

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Wed, 10/02/2013 - 14:21

Have you ever seen the soap boat experiment? Check out the video.

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by Deanna Cullen
Wed, 09/18/2013 - 11:17

Do you or anyone you know advise an ACS Chem Club? I have heard of it over the past few years, but I have been busy and didn’t want to add another thing to my plate. When I found out that there are no requirements of what or how much we have to do as a group, I decided that I could give it a try. I appreciate that ACS provides some great resources. You can find many ideas on the ACS web site.

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by Deanna Cullen
Wed, 09/11/2013 - 11:49

The Grand Valley State University organizers of BCCE 2014 are working to make the August 3-7, 2014 conference a valuable experience for the high school chemistry teacher. 

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