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by Dustin Williams
Tue, 06/25/2019 - 10:31

At this point, there doesn’t seem to be a bank of released NGSS assessment items that we can draw from to use in our own classes, especially for traditional Chemistry classes. This means, that we as teachers may need to write some of our own assessment prompts to use in our classes.

Recent activity: 2 months 3 weeks ago
by Jenelle Ball
Mon, 06/24/2019 - 13:52

Jenelle Ball, the AACT Past President, highlights the resources available in the AACT multimedia collection

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by Josh Kenney
Thu, 06/20/2019 - 12:08

For dynamic equilibrium, I like to use a physical analogy that pits students against each other in a classroom-wide “snowball” fight. Not only is this activity great for building students’ conceptualization of dynamic equilibrium, it is also really fun!

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by Ariel Serkin
Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:13

What is #chemcation2019? Though there is some debate on the pronunciation, it’s s a summer of a chemistry vacation. I find the most rejuvenating, invigorating, and inspiring part of my summer is spending time with my fellow chemistry educators.

Recent activity: 1 month 2 weeks ago
by Melissa Hemling
Mon, 06/17/2019 - 11:55

The Component 2 Differentiation Portfolio of National Board Certification has many parts and can be overwhelming at first glance. My goal is to share strategies to help break down this component into manageable pieces so you can grow as an educator and score high.

Recent activity: 3 months 1 day ago
by Tom Kuntzleman
Wed, 06/12/2019 - 13:37

The solution to "Chemical Mystery #16: A Red, White, and Blue Chemistry Trick for You!" is presented. How this experiment can be used as a springboard to carry out a simple quantitative analysis of salt solubility is also discussed.

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Recent activity: 2 months 3 weeks ago
by Tom Kuntzleman
Sun, 06/09/2019 - 13:43

Watch this video and see if you can figure out how red, white, and blue colors can all be made from the same chemical solution!

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by Francisco Villa
Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:32

Welcome and introduction from Francisco Villa, two-year college lead contributor

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Mon, 05/27/2019 - 07:03

The solution to Chemical Mystery #15: The Leaky Cup is shown here. 

Recent activity: 3 months 3 weeks ago
by Dustin Williams
Wed, 05/22/2019 - 20:13

This lab is one of my favorite activities to do in my classes and I look forward to it every year. The lab is simple, requires limited supplies, students love it (i.e. high engagement level), and I have found it to really set students up for stoichiometry.

Recent activity: 2 months 2 weeks ago