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by Deanna Cullen
Tue, 10/24/2017 - 19:40

Links to a webinar and other resources to support the use of the Journal of Chemical Education as a resource for teaching and learning.

Recent activity: 10 months 2 weeks ago
by Ben Meacham
Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:45

When it comes to student laboratory/apparatus setup, one thing is sure to help—visuals. There is a free and incredibly easy tool that allows you to assemble and customize almost any chemistry related setup you wish. Say hello to Chemix!

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Recent activity: 9 months 3 weeks ago
by Dan Meyers
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:28

I am sharing a list of YouTube videos that I have used with my students. I am interested in finding more. Please share any that you use in the comment section below.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Fri, 10/13/2017 - 17:17

Decorative beads are tested for the presence of iron pyrite, or FeS2, in an activity well-suited for the National Chemistry Week theme of "Chemistry Rocks!" 

Recent activity: 11 months 1 week ago
by Michael Morgan
Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:54

Face to face professional development provides the opportunity for teachers to learn from and share with other teachers. This post provides an example of one of the many great ideas that I have learned from other teachers. 

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Recent activity: 9 months 1 week ago
by Chad Husting
Sun, 10/08/2017 - 07:07

I allowed my students to choose between two separation type laboratories. About two thirds of the class chose to separate the flavoring out of a grape of cherry soda. The rest of the students used paper chromatography to determine if red-40 dye was in a specific type of candy.

Recent activity: 11 months 2 weeks ago
by Tom Kuntzleman
Sun, 10/01/2017 - 19:32

Check out these experiments that are very easy to perform and also related to the themes for National Chemistry Week in both 2017, Chemistry Rocks and 2018 Chemistry is Out of this World

Recent activity: 11 months 3 weeks ago
by Doug Ragan
Sun, 09/24/2017 - 21:24

As I began to prepare my labs for this upcoming year, I decided to put a bit of a twist on a previous density of a block lab I had used in the past entitled the Measurement Challenge that is sold by Flinn Scientific. It can also be used to find the mass of a block given the materials density and requiring students to measure and calculate the blocks volume. My added twist resulted in great scientific discourse. 

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Recent activity: 4 months 4 weeks ago
by Kaleb Underwood
Wed, 09/13/2017 - 21:40

The first chapter of every middle and high school science textbook I have ever seen contains an oversimplified section on “the scientific method.” I wanted my students to gain an understanding of science by doing science, as best as we can replicate in a classroom, though inquiry labs, class discussions, and defending claims with evidence.

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by Allison Tarvin
Wed, 09/13/2017 - 20:00

The research says the best way to make your school better is to encourage teachers to participate in professional learning teams that unpack the standards to determine what each student should learn and how the learning will be measured, build a useful warehouse of evidence that learning is occurring, and critically review data collected to determine useful instructional strategies versus ineffective strategies.

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Recent activity: 12 months 2 days ago