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by Tom Kuntzleman
Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:39

Build a periodic table out of Lego blocks.

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by Deanna Cullen
Tue, 04/15/2014 - 19:33

Earth Day is just around the corner. If you are looking for some ideas to highlight environmental issues, the Journal of Chemical Education is offering free access to many articles and activities that you will find interesting. Check them out!

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by Deanna Cullen
Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:23

I attended professional development provided by the VanAndel Education Institute (VAEI) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that provided an opportunity to observe scientists at the VanAndel Institute engage in a journal club.

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by Erica Posthuma
Sun, 04/13/2014 - 16:42

Have you ever thought about the ways we, as chemistry teachers, talk about the concept of energy? 

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by Deanna Cullen
Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:42

I just recently became aware of the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting youth science education. They have developed a K-8 science curriculum supplement that recently won a Teachers’ Choice Award for the Classroom.

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by Doug Ragan
Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:54

Having completed a unit on stoichiometry,  I was looking to review with my HS students some key topics before Spring Break.  I had received from FLINN scientific their "It's Elementary--March Madness" activity:

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by Lowell Thomson
Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:06

In this post I'll describe how I use an iPad App, Educreations, to interact with my students in a few different scenarios. First, I use it to answer questions sent to me by email. Second, I use it to create simple help videos for students relating to our work.

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by greg rushton
Fri, 04/04/2014 - 19:35

I've read this recent JCE article a couple times and have been thinking about its potential impact on our K12 community as we begin to consider the challenges and the opportunities associated with the NGSS.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:48

Did you know that Pyrex glassware used in chemistry labs is different than Pyrex glassware used in kitchens? Pyrex glass used in chemistry experiments is made of borosilicate glass, whereas the Pyrex used when baking is made of soda lime glass. What’s the difference?

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by Lowell Thomson
Sat, 03/29/2014 - 08:14

In a previous post, I discussed the work of my grade 10 class as we read the non-fiction story, The Case of the Frozen Addicts. We've continued working our way through the book, taking one class every two weeks to delve into the issues presented. Just this week, we engaged in a fish-bowl discussion. To help steer the discussion, I started the class with a quick warm-up activity asking students to suggest topics or questions that they would want to talk through in the fish bowl.

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