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by Kelly Burleson
Mon, 08/12/2019 - 20:03

With few materials available to complete wet labs in my school, I have to be creative with covering lab concepts in my AP chemistry course. I was looking for a way to make sure my students were getting the idea of the macroscopic changes that take place in a galvanic cell without necessarily being able to do the wet lab. The particulate model that is part of the Energizer Lab inspired me to write an end of unit assignment for my students using Stop Motion video apps.

Recent activity: 3 months 5 days ago
by Michelle DeWitt
Tue, 08/06/2019 - 22:37

An update on the progress of the World's Largest Periodic Table Event and an opportunity for those that have submitted an element to purchase a shirt.

Recent activity: 3 months 2 weeks ago
by Ariel Serkin
Sun, 08/04/2019 - 15:30

Having presented on the topic several times over the summer, I am sharing strategies for helping support diverse learners. As we teachers prepare to go back to school, I have summarized my presentation into a list of ways to help your classroom be inclusive for all learners.

Recent activity: 3 months 2 weeks ago
by Dustin Williams
Fri, 08/02/2019 - 14:04

When it comes to the best approach for student learning, there seems to be two very divided camps: those who promote direct instruction and those who favor inquiry. I have been thinking a lot about this issue for several years now and decided to finally write my reflections down, based on 6 years of experience as a science teacher.

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Recent activity: 2 months 2 weeks ago
by Clarissa Sorens...
Thu, 08/01/2019 - 11:45

Hi everyone! My name is Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh, and I am a new Lead Contributor/Blogger for the Two-Year College component of ChemEd Xchange. I am beyond thrilled, though, to join ChemEd Xchange and learn more about your interests on this platform. I am hoping you, as the audience, will help guide the topics I write about so that we can focus our discussions to interests both you and I share.

Recent activity: 3 months 2 weeks ago
by Tom Kuntzleman
Fri, 07/26/2019 - 10:42

Have you ever seen the liquid nitrogen cloud? Do you wonder how the cloud forms when hot water is thrown onto liquid nitrogen? This post explores the liquid nitrogen cloud and possible explanations for its formation.

Recent activity: 3 months 3 weeks ago
by Chad Husting
Fri, 07/26/2019 - 08:39

After just returning from Chem Ed 2019 in Naperville, I was planning on writing a blog about the best ideas and take aways. Indeed there were many amazing and creative ideas shared. But a guy named Mike captured more attention from me than all of those.

Recent activity: 3 months 3 weeks ago
by Francisco Villa
Tue, 07/23/2019 - 10:00

Hello, and welcome back to my second blog about chemistry education in the tri-border region of California, Arizona, and Mexico. In my last I described the area and students who attend the two institutions in Yuma, AZ- Arizona Western College (AWC) and Northern Arizona University-Yuma (NAU). In this second post I will talk briefly about my experiences teaching an upper-division biochemistry course. I presume that what I observe in my classes is not much different than what you observe in your classes. 

Recent activity: 3 months 4 weeks ago
by Chad Husting
Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:22

The beginning of the school year is almost here.

Recent activity: 4 months 1 day ago
by Melissa Hemling
Sun, 07/07/2019 - 21:29

The thought of being videotaped while teaching could make me break out in a cold sweat. Will I say the right things? Will I stumble over my words? Will I look awkward? Will my students behave the way I hope they will? Aaaaah! Deep breaths!

Recent activity: 4 months 1 week ago