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by Lowell Thomson
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 13:32

By way of introducing myself, I'd like to respond to Deanna Cullen's blog post about social media here on ChemEd X with some ideas of my own. The reason I'm here is that Deanna found me through following one of the chemistry-related Twitter chats and invited me to join ChemEd X as a contributor. I currently teach IBDP Chemistry at the American International School of Bucharest. Since my early days as a teacher, I have utilized technology throughout my instruction. I also incorporate some ideas from the modeling chemistry movement to help my students understand chemistry at the particle level. I'm hoping to share some ideas that will inspire you to try new things, and I'm also expecting to learn a lot from all of you that interact with us here at ChemEd X.

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by Deanna Cullen
Sun, 01/12/2014 - 15:35

As I follow the conversations about the most recent chemistry classroom accident in Manhattan (see my previous blog post), I see that many agree that we need to advocate for adequate required safety training of our present and pre-service teachers. A good starting point is to pursue training on our own.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Thu, 01/09/2014 - 12:09

When it is cold outside...why not blow bubbles?

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by Deanna Cullen
Wed, 01/08/2014 - 17:09
In light of the recent chemistry accident and my blog posts about safety, I want to make sure you know of this upcoming opportunity:
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by Deanna Cullen
Mon, 01/06/2014 - 19:46

It has happened again. We just published a “Lab Accidents” blog with a link to the US Chemical Safety Board’s video entitled “After the Rainbow” published December 10, 2013. Less than a month later, a young boy has experienced the same nightmare scenario as the one described in the video.

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by Deanna Cullen
Mon, 01/06/2014 - 13:48

The national ACS James Bryant Conant award was established in 1965 to encourage and recognize outstanding high school chemistry teachers. Candidates are chosen based upon evidence of high quality teaching, ability to challenge and inspire, extracurricular activities that support their work and pursuit of continued improvement of their role as an educator.

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by Deanna Cullen
Sun, 01/05/2014 - 17:21

Chemistry teachers are always looking for new ideas to reach students. Social media is a new frontier to reach students AND collaborate with other chemistry teachers around the world 24/7. I hesitated to join Twitter because it seemed like "just one more thing to add to my plate".  I did finally log on and created an account.

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by Deanna Cullen
Wed, 12/18/2013 - 11:45

The US Chemical Safety Board is an independent federal agency in Washington DC. They investigate industrial accidents. They just released a video of a young woman speaking about a high school chemistry class accident she was a victim of.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Mon, 12/16/2013 - 08:33

When the outside temperature drops below 0°F (-18°C), the conditions tempt this experiment!

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by Sarah Kong
Fri, 12/13/2013 - 12:59

In my grad program one of our discussions concerned how to teach science the way science is actually done.  This seems to be one of the core ideas in the Next Generation Science Standards.  The standards want to encourage students to think more like scientists and engineers as opposed to students seeking an A.  Please share your thoughts!

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