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Good day, gentle readers:
Let me start by telling a story that, at first blush, has nothing to do with chemistry teaching.
During the last few semesters, a small survey has been deployed at Bradley University where students were to describe and classify items of litter that they found. The purposes of the surveys were to get students thinking about some of the chemical implications of solid waste and give the students some experience with a citizen science project. The most recent iteration of the survey, and some of its results, are described.
Kristen Drury came up with a fun new project for her class, “Create a Game: Shark Tank Presentation.”
Who is not interested in food, right? Why not use what happens in the kitchen everyday to teach some chemistry? This blog post shares some conceptually based questions based on the information found on the backside of a popular dry mix brownie product.
Case studies have been a staple of undergraduate and graduate education programs like medicine, law, and business, for many years. They let learners engage with simulated real-world situations, making the content more meaningful and connected to their future careers. As a valuable context-based learning tool, case studies are becoming more common in secondary science. Here, we'll explore the role that students and instructors play when learning with case studies.
Verbal expression is an outward manifestation of internal comprehension. How does it work? That is, what is the method? And what is the mechanism?
Allowing students to confront the failure of a model and then helping them construct a new or slightly modified model to account for new observations is at the heart of the process of science. Ben Meacham shares one approach that can be deployed with a variation of depth, making it attainable for anyone learning about chemistry.
Kristen Drury explains some major shifts in her teaching philosophies and how her flipped classroom has evolved as a result.
We were converted; we saw the light. No more playing with a balance. Reverence, dude. Without a balance we got nuthin’.
Interested in building a healthy sense of belonging for students in chemistry class and laboratory? In encouraging students to form study groups that lead to friendships post-chemistry class? Try the Study Group Selfie.