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by Dustin Williams
Fri, 01/11/2019 - 19:10

I put together a Science Reasoning Rubric that can be used for many writing prompts in a Chemistry class. It can be used whether a prompt is more suited toward a claim or an explanation. I like that the rubric can be used for lots of the writing tasks students will encounter in a Chemistry class. This means students get used to seeing it, and this consistency is helpful as students write explanations and claims throughout the year.

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by Lauren Stewart
Fri, 01/04/2019 - 12:28

With a Master's degree in geology, I have a deep and abiding love for rocks and minerals. The great thing about geology is, it's all about chemistry! I want to share one of my favorite links between geology and chemistry that my students think is pretty cool too. 

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by Kristen Drury
Fri, 01/04/2019 - 08:19

I am already planning for my trip to Illinois in July to attend ChemEd 2019! Let me tell you why I want to attend.

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by Chad Husting
Tue, 01/01/2019 - 07:20

It can be difficult to engage students in reviewing for semester exams by using worksheets or practicing problems on the whiteboard. If you are looking to change up your review plans, you might consider using a lab activity that provides opportunity to revisit many of the topics that need to be covered.

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by Chad Husting
Sun, 12/16/2018 - 14:01

It is always helpful to have a lab that can be adapted to meet the needs of students. The "Magnesium Lab" is one of these experiments.

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by Stephanie O'Brien
Sat, 12/15/2018 - 16:23

In an effort to align an old VSEPR lesson to NGSS, I told my students that we were going to look at the data available from the real molecules on the pHET simulation we were using and specifically look for patterns. Finding patterns is a cross-cutting concept; one of the three dimensions of NGSS.

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by Ariel Serkin
Wed, 12/12/2018 - 20:31

December is a busy time for many educators as we try to wrap up content before a long break and maybe incorporate fun activities into the curriculum. There are concerts, field trips, projects, presentations, and even variety shows to “celebrate the season.” However, I find that when schools try to get into the “holiday spirit”, they may unintentionally create an environment where students and teachers may feel excluded.

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by Chad Husting
Sun, 12/02/2018 - 19:30

One aspect of Argument Driven Inquiry that has not been discussed here is the peer editing piece. I have succesfully tried it out with my own students.


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by Chad Husting
Sun, 11/25/2018 - 09:19

Observe both an exothermic and an endothermic reaction/process as I use a modified propane torch in the video demonstration. 

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by Stephanie O'Brien
Fri, 11/23/2018 - 19:07

In an effort to implement the science and engineering practices of the NGSS, I have tried to introduce argumentation as a practice into my chemistry courses. I share some growing pains and what I have learned through the process in this blog post.

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