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by Ryan Johnson
Wed, 08/01/2018 - 15:29

It’s that time of year again! The summer is already starting to wind down, the AP Chemistry scores have been released, and now, at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) 2018 at Notre Dame, Paul Bonvallet and his crew of talented educators have given their analysis and debrief.

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by Deanna Cullen
Sat, 07/28/2018 - 22:38

If you are attending BCCE 2018 at Notre Dame this week, we hope you will stop in and see us at our booth (#560 in the exhibit hall! Many of our lead contributors are here and you can catch them speaking in a variety of symposiums including the Views from the classrooms of award winning chemistry teachers and our first Chemical Education Xchange: Engaging with contributors symposium. 

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by Dan Meyers
Tue, 07/24/2018 - 08:13

For the last two years, the district I worked for has been tirelessly working toward curriculum changes that would better line up with the new state science standards. Michigan hasn’t officially adopted NGSS, instead adopting the Michigan Science Standards (based on NGSS). The Michigan Science Standards (MSS) has a lot of similarities with NGSS in terms of how we would teach the content.

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by Chad Husting
Sun, 07/15/2018 - 07:48

Since I am unable to attend BCCE this year, I am asking for readers to consider two things to help me out. First, if you are attending BCCE, I hope you will submit a blog post to ChemEd X outlining at least one thing you learned. Second, I hope to find one or more teachers willing to try out Flipgrid and open our classrooms to share what we are teaching/learning. 

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by Lauren Stewart
Mon, 07/02/2018 - 15:37

Once you get into your teaching routine, there is not a lot of struggle. There are changes and challenges, but rarely do you encounter a situation that completely breaks your confidence or forces you entirely out of your comfort zone. I don’t think I fully appreciated the frustration, pain and inadequacy my students sometimes feel until today.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Sun, 07/01/2018 - 12:33

A variety of activities performed at a science camp that relate to the chemistry of the solar system are reported. These activities could prove useful in the chemistry curriculum or in planning for National Chemistry Week in 2018, the theme of which is Chemistry is Out of This World!

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by Chad Husting
Mon, 06/25/2018 - 10:55

I attended a presentation that provided a couple of great ideas for improving on traditional worksheets and bell ringers by using Google Slides.

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by Andrea Amato
Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:14

I have been interested in the adsorption properties of shells and other common materials. I decided to test the adsorption properties of almond shells towards methylene blue and I am sharing how it went here.

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by Dan Meyers
Tue, 06/12/2018 - 07:31

How do you demonstrate how a buffer system works? I did some brainstorming, devised a plan and it went well. This post is a description of what I did.

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by Sibrina Collins
Mon, 06/11/2018 - 11:07

In our recently published letter in the Journal of Chemical Education,"Black Panther, Vibranium and the Periodic Table", we describe how the movie, Black Panther, provides a unique opportunity for students to think critically about the arrangement of the periodic table. 

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