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by Michael Jansen
Wed, 05/05/2021 - 13:48

Boredom needs no explanation; we were all (Chemistry) students. A bored student is not an engaged student, and likely not a student who wants to learn. How can we make our lessons more engaging? 

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by Michael Jansen
Tue, 05/04/2021 - 13:46

Meet one of our newest lead contributors, Michael Jansen, who teaches high school chemistry in Toronto, Ontario!

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by Scott Balicki
Mon, 05/03/2021 - 07:57

In order to teach chemistry effectively, we must ascertain what our students are thinking about chemistry and make a decision regarding what to do with what we learn. Formative assessment questions provide a useful lens into students' minds regarding what they are thinking about chemistry. Let us consider then, how categorizing formative assessment questions could help us plan out our classes more deliberately, in order to better design purposeful written formative assessments that align with our curricular goals. If you would like to learn more, please join us for a ChemEd X Talk about formative assessment question categories that we will be leading on Thursday May 26 at 7:00 PM EST.

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by Doug Ragan
Fri, 04/30/2021 - 06:26

Doug Ragan has been working with the Alchemie team -- founded by a former chemistry teacher, Julia Winter -- for a number of years. They have been working over the last year on a new project, named Kasi, which delivers sound-based feedback to students as they learn with tactile pieces on a magnetic whiteboard. The goal is to build an accessible learning system that helps ALL students learn, and is particularly important for those with visual impairments.

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by Chad Husting
Wed, 04/21/2021 - 08:23

Chad Husting shares a microscale Reactions Lab and outlines his goals and plans for labs in his classroom as he prepares for next schoolyear.

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by Josh Kenney
Tue, 04/20/2021 - 08:31

Context-based chemistry aims to make chemistry learning more meaningful for students. With an emphasis on inquiry-based activities, context-based chemistry improves student interest and motivation in chemistry by linking content to real-world situations. Though the idea has been around for over 20 years, researchers are still learning the best strategies for teaching context-based chemistry. Here, we will explore some of the benefits and challenges unearthed up until this point.

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by Clarissa Sorens...
Mon, 04/19/2021 - 19:02

Evaluations are part of everyday life. This multi-part blog has aimed to expand the collective understanding on what is evaluation and what are some ways that it is done. 

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by Chad Husting
Sun, 04/11/2021 - 17:16

It has been a challenging year. The challenge gave rise to a unique way to provide exams in a multitude of platforms. Check it out and do not be afraid to share some ideas of your own!

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by Michael Morgan
Wed, 04/07/2021 - 14:56

A Soviet era stamp featuring a quadruple bond.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Wed, 04/07/2021 - 11:00

This post describes a simple way to generate blue, green, orange, and yellow copper complexes, and to use these complexes to introduce students to the effect of temperature on chemical equilibria. The protcol avoids the use of caustic agents, allowing the experiments to be conducted by students as a laboratory-based investigation.

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