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by Tom Kuntzleman
Sat, 10/26/2019 - 19:13

The Devil's Milkshake is a simple, yet interesting chemistry experiment that fits well as a Halloween demo. 

Recent activity: 1 year 4 weeks ago
by Chad Husting
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 19:36

Standards based grading (SBG) is a method of assessment that is gaining in popularity.  There is ample research to suggest that students who participate in SBG do just as well or even better than those students in traditional classrooms

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Recent activity: 12 months 3 days ago
by Francisco Villa
Mon, 10/14/2019 - 11:45

Want to heat up a department meeting? Just propose that all courses have an on-line option and watch as some colleagues have strong opinions about it- be it on one side or the other. What overlooked component can be distilled from a normal in-person course into an online that could have a significant impact? Perhaps the face-to-face “live” interaction.

Recent activity: 1 year 6 days ago
by Josh Kenney
Fri, 10/11/2019 - 12:53

The flipped-classroom approach to education is undoubtedly popular, with consistent growth in the number of related books, conference sessions, and educator network memberships. Although active-learning may not be any more beneficial in a flipped classroom compared to a traditional classroom, it is clear that a flipped class can increase the frequency of active-learning opportunities.

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Recent activity: 1 year 1 week ago
by Kristen Drury
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:24

Kristen Drury shares how she covers the new AP Chemistry Course and Exam Description Learning Objectives associated with atomic structure. 

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Recent activity: 1 year 1 month ago
by Clarissa Sorens...
Wed, 10/02/2019 - 15:20

Once one knows about Critical Pedagogy (with respect to Critical Thinking, as was covered in the ), how is that knowledge used? Can strategies be implemented that embrace Critical Pedagogy while not sacrificing content coverage? What are some ways to build criticality in students while maintaining expected requirements for classroom rigor?

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Recent activity: 11 months 4 weeks ago
by Kristen Drury
Sun, 09/29/2019 - 15:54

The first unit in my sequence for AP Chemistry covers stoichiometry and reactions. The new AP Chemistry Course and Exam Description has identified Learning Objectives which need to be taught and practiced to ensure students perform well on the AP Chemistry Exam. I will identify and describe activities I use to teach students some of the Learning Objectives that I tie into this unit.

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Recent activity: 1 year 1 month ago
by Lauren Stewart
Sat, 09/28/2019 - 05:53

As teachers, we know how important it is for students to practice what they are learning and we are ever aware of the limited class time we have to provide those opportunities. We also know that our students have a full schedule of classes, are involved in extracurricular activities, work after-school jobs and may not have a strong support system and structure at home. That leaves us with the difficult question of “what do we do about homework?” 

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Recent activity: 1 year 1 month ago
by Kristen Drury
Wed, 09/25/2019 - 09:36

The new AP Chemistry Course and Exam Description (CED) has been released and in effect for a few months now. Several teachers have asked me “Will you be changing your sequence to match the CED?”.

Recent activity: 1 year 2 months ago
by Chad Husting
Thu, 09/19/2019 - 17:15

I usually start of the school year with a measuring activity. This year, I used Tom Kuntzleman's Mentos and Diet Coke experiment and had students use the data to do some graphing and analysis. This was a nice lead into our gas unit. I also made my own syphon coffee maker to demonstrate for my students.

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Recent activity: 1 year 1 month ago