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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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by Jason Bradshaw
Tue, 04/06/2021 - 09:45

The diversification of STEM and STEM education is not going to happen overnight, but we all move it forward with what we do today. It is incumbent to us as educators to acknowledge and celebrate the different identities in our classrooms.

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by Francisco Villa
Sat, 04/03/2021 - 10:45

This post addresses concerns about the quality of the future of chemistry education in an online environment. 

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by Dean Campbell
Fri, 04/02/2021 - 23:23

The many colors of springtime can be illustrated with photochromic pigments in commercial products. These products include UV beads, and more recently, photochromic glue. The glue can be used as a photochromic paint for paper or even eggs. The resulting colorful, decorative objects can be used to illustrate chemical discussions of aspects of photochemistry.

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by Melissa Hemling
Thu, 03/18/2021 - 18:54

Many of us have molecular kits we only use once a year.  Dust them off and find new lessons to use them in!

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by Melissa Hemling
Thu, 03/18/2021 - 17:25

Melissa Hemling shares her favorite manipulatives along with cheap at-home alternatives to help students visualize VSEPR.

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by Ben Meacham
Wed, 03/17/2021 - 10:30

Ben Meacham decided to alter his approach to teaching about enthalpy and focus on getting students to first develop the mathematical model for enthalpy of solution so they could eventually apply it to make predictions for different solutes being dissolved. In this blog post he shares the process he used with his class.

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