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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: 1 week 3 days ago
by Josh Kenney
Sun, 07/07/2019 - 10:18

More students use YouTube than any other demographic. Considering this reality, I began creating my own video content on my YouTube channel, The Science Classroom. As a seasoned YouTube content creator, I offer tips for getting started with your own science tutorials.

Recent activity: 1 week 3 days ago
by Estelle Lebeau
Thu, 07/04/2019 - 13:34

Use Mega M&Ms, M&Ms minis, and regular M&M’s in this activity to examine the concept of isotopes and average atomic mass. The color of the M&M’s represent that they are the same element and have the same number of protons. The size represents, in a relative sense, the different numbers of neutrons.

Recent activity: 1 week 4 days ago
by Kristen Drury
Tue, 07/02/2019 - 10:38

Organic Chemistry is overlooked as a first year chemistry topic in most areas, but it can be a very valuable and fun experience for students. This is an activity that can be used to introduce students to functional groups.

Recent activity: 2 weeks 1 day ago
by Ariel Serkin
Thu, 06/27/2019 - 12:54

Check out several whiteboarding techniques that can be used to reduce and distribute the cognitive load carried by our students.

Recent activity: 2 weeks 1 day ago
by Dustin Williams
Tue, 06/25/2019 - 10:31

At this point, there doesn’t seem to be a bank of released NGSS assessment items that we can draw from to use in our own classes, especially for traditional Chemistry classes. This means, that we as teachers may need to write some of our own assessment prompts to use in our classes.

Recent activity: 3 weeks 1 day ago
by Jenelle Ball
Mon, 06/24/2019 - 13:52

Jenelle Ball, the AACT Past President, highlights the resources available in the AACT multimedia collection

Recent activity: 3 weeks 3 days ago
by Josh Kenney
Thu, 06/20/2019 - 12:08

For dynamic equilibrium, I like to use a physical analogy that pits students against each other in a classroom-wide “snowball” fight. Not only is this activity great for building students’ conceptualization of dynamic equilibrium, it is also really fun!

Recent activity: 4 weeks 4 hours ago
by Ariel Serkin
Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:13

What is #chemcation2019? Though there is some debate on the pronunciation, it’s s a summer of a chemistry vacation. I find the most rejuvenating, invigorating, and inspiring part of my summer is spending time with my fellow chemistry educators.

Recent activity: 4 weeks 1 day ago
by Melissa Hemling
Mon, 06/17/2019 - 11:55

The Component 2 Differentiation Portfolio of National Board Certification has many parts and can be overwhelming at first glance. My goal is to share strategies to help break down this component into manageable pieces so you can grow as an educator and score high.

Recent activity: 4 weeks 1 day ago