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by Lauren Stewart
Thu, 02/07/2019 - 17:59

We all know how fundamental the mole concept is for stoichiometry. This year I brainstormed ways to really make it stick. I decided to do multiple mini-practicums, one for each learning target of the mole unit. I am sharing brief descriptions of the mini-practicums I did for each learning target.

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by Josh Kenney
Thu, 02/07/2019 - 06:22

Many researchers have attempted to characterize the knowledge of an expert teacher, and it's complex, to say the least.

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by Chad Husting
Wed, 02/06/2019 - 20:14

I have an extreme fascination with the periodic table! And, so does my colleague, Mike. Let me tell you some ways we are celebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table.

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by Kristen Drury
Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:17

Answers to common questions about the AP Chemistry Exam format, content, and grading.

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by Doug Ragan
Sun, 02/03/2019 - 15:46

National Periodic Table Day is February 7th. Check out some of my favorite periodic table resources.

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by Ben Meacham
Tue, 01/29/2019 - 16:43

If you are looking to go beyond using traditional, arguably misleading, definitions of entropy involving “disorder” and “messy bedroom” analogies, the Boltzmann Bucks game fits the bill. The game, pulled from a Journal of Chemical Education article, provides a wonderful opportunity for students to more accurately conceptualize entropy.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Mon, 01/28/2019 - 18:59

The June, 2018 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education contains an article that describes a simple, yet fascinating experiment that you and your students are going to love! It involves the use of butterfly wings from the genus Morpho. I obtained some of these wings and enjoyed experimenting with them. You will too!

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by Josh Kenney
Mon, 01/14/2019 - 14:53

I think that most people can recall someone whom we considered to be a great teacher. The kind of person who inspired us and motivated us to learn. As I started my career, I remember wondering what kind of teacher my students thought I was.

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by Stephanie O'Brien
Sat, 01/12/2019 - 17:10

I recently attended a workshop at my state conference about improvisation techniques to use in the classroom. As a teacher we are challenged to constantly adapt our pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of our learners, and this workshop provided some new strategies to do just that.

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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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