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by Doug Ragan
Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:53

We teach it, some celebrate it, and we try to make it engaging for our students. What is it? The mole concept and Mole Day! So how do we make it engaging for our students? Let me introduce #molympics.

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by Doug Ragan
Mon, 09/22/2014 - 18:25

If you are on Twitter and follow #chemchat, you may have recently seen some beautiful, rotating 3D atomic and molecular models from Dave Doherty @atomsNMolecules. I was curious about these models and after contacting Dave, he introduced me to The Atomic Dashboard.

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by Kristin Gregory
Mon, 09/22/2014 - 18:05

I want to learn more about the modeling approach to teaching chemistry, but have not yet found the time to attend training. It seems like modeling would be the next logical step after the flipped classroom method of instruction that I have used for the last four years. My goal in using modeling is to continue to move from a teacher centered classroom to an environment wherein students take on true ownership of their own learning. As luck would have it, I met some experienced modelers at a Biennial Conference on Chemical Education 2014 (BCCE 2014) Birds-of-a-Feather lunchtime chat and got to pick the brain of Erica Posthuma-Adams, and others, regarding this instructional approach. Their passion for modeling was clear and their willingness to share effective strategies for building a classroom around modeling was most appreciated.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Mon, 09/22/2014 - 15:17

Congratulations to Grazyna Zreda who solved the ! To conduct this trick, two white Mentos candies are placed in separate beakers that both contain universal indicator.

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by Dan Meyers
Mon, 09/22/2014 - 14:45

Here in Michigan we are entering into our 4th week of school. My Honors Chemistry 1 students will be having their first test this week and my Chemistry 2 students will be having their stoichiometry test in 2 weeks. Things are moving along and I am daily observing improvement in my students. 

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by Sushama Dandekar
Sun, 09/21/2014 - 18:38

I'm looking for a reliable procedure for an undergraduate organic lab experiment: oxidation of diphenylmethanol to benzophenone.  I am updating our lab experiments and was thinking about introducing phase transfer catalysis, linked to a 2-step Grignard synthesis ( bromobenzene --> phenylmagnesium bromide  -->  diphenylmethanol  --> benzophenone).  I have found a JChem Ed paper that sug

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:44

National Chemistry week will be upon us in a little over a month.

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by Sarah Kong
Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:57

Shelly Belleau is a chemistry and physics teacher from the Denver metro area.  This school year she is working as a teacher on special assignment at the University of Coloroado, Boulder.  Shelly anaitcipates returning to the high school classroom next fall.  Below is our coversation about inquiry.

1.  How do you define inquiry? or What does inquiry look like to you?

Recent activity: 4 months 2 days ago
by Erica K. Jacobsen
Fri, 09/05/2014 - 13:36

National Chemistry Week this October 19–25 offers a chance to take a trip to the candy shop with the theme "The Sweet Side of Chemistry—Candy." Looking for some tasty chemistry resources? Two upcoming webinars will help you stock up.

 

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by Deanna Cullen
Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:45

Another chemistry demonstration accident has happened. This one was at a museum in Nevada. In preliminary reports, it looks as if several children were injured. One child was held overnight in the hospital.

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