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by Joseph Lomax
Mon, 05/24/2021 - 22:55

Verbal expression is an outward manifestation of internal comprehension. How does it work? That is, what is the method? And what is the mechanism?

Recent activity: 3 weeks 6 days ago
by Ben Meacham
Sat, 05/22/2021 - 23:49

Allowing students to confront the failure of a model and then helping them construct a new or slightly modified model to account for new observations is at the heart of the process of science. Ben Meacham shares one approach that can be deployed with a variation of depth, making it attainable for anyone learning about chemistry.

Recent activity: 4 weeks 2 hours ago
by Kristen Drury
Fri, 05/21/2021 - 17:22

Kristen Drury explains some major shifts in her teaching philosophies and how her flipped classroom has evolved as a result.

Recent activity: 4 weeks 1 day ago
by Michael Jansen
Thu, 05/20/2021 - 16:16

We were converted; we saw the light. No more playing with a balance. Reverence, dude. Without a balance we got nuthin’.

Recent activity: 1 month 1 day ago
by Thomas Cox
Wed, 05/19/2021 - 10:57

Interested in building a healthy sense of belonging for students in chemistry class and laboratory? In encouraging students to form study groups that lead to friendships post-chemistry class? Try the Study Group Selfie.

Recent activity: 1 month 1 day ago
by Kristen Drury
Tue, 05/18/2021 - 06:26

After teaching the concepts and calculations for acid and base strength, concentration, percent ionization, and pH I noticed many of my students were struggling to make meaningful connections between these calculations.This lesson was created to strengthen the understanding of the relationships between these concepts and skills.

Recent activity: 1 month 4 days ago
by Tom Kuntzleman
Mon, 05/10/2021 - 09:57

Beautiful, metallic mirrors of copper or silver can easily be formed in test tubes. Simply add the appropriate metal salt to a test tube, and heat! These reactions should be performed in a fume hood. 

Recent activity: 1 month 1 week ago
by Michael Jansen
Wed, 05/05/2021 - 13:48

Boredom needs no explanation; we were all (Chemistry) students. A bored student is not an engaged student, and likely not a student who wants to learn. How can we make our lessons more engaging? 

Recent activity: 1 month 1 week ago
by Michael Jansen
Tue, 05/04/2021 - 13:46

Meet one of our newest lead contributors, Michael Jansen, who teaches high school chemistry in Toronto, Ontario!

Recent activity: 1 month 2 weeks ago
by Scott Balicki
Mon, 05/03/2021 - 07:57

In order to teach chemistry effectively, we must ascertain what our students are thinking about chemistry and make a decision regarding what to do with what we learn. Formative assessment questions provide a useful lens into students' minds regarding what they are thinking about chemistry. Let us consider then, how categorizing formative assessment questions could help us plan out our classes more deliberately, in order to better design purposeful written formative assessments that align with our curricular goals. If you would like to learn more, please join us for a ChemEd X Talk about formative assessment question categories that we will be leading on Thursday May 26 at 7:00 PM EST.

Recent activity: 2 weeks 6 days ago