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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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by Tom Kuntzleman
Thu, 11/22/2018 - 08:12

The solution to Chemical Mystery #13: Bye Bye Blue! is presented. This experiment is useful to demonstrate to students when discussing acid-base indicators, neutralization reactions, or the acidity of carbon dioxide when it dissolves in water.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Mon, 11/19/2018 - 12:08

A simple, but tricky experiment is displayed. Can you figure out how the trick was done?

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by Chad Husting
Sat, 11/10/2018 - 07:56

Several teachers I know have had circumstances present themselves in which they may not always be able to provide lab experiences in a traditional lab setting. They still want to provide students with rigorous problem solving situations that require students to use the scientific method. Could rigorous take home labs possibly be the answer?

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Fri, 11/02/2018 - 14:04

You are likely aware that diamonds are converted - albeit slowly - to graphite under normal conditions. Thus, diamonds don't last forever, in contrast to the popular advertising slogan. However, did you know that you can use chemistry to prove that diamonds are not forever? It's simpler than you think... 

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