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Xperience is where contributed, but not reviewed, ChemEd X resources such as blogs and opinion pieces are found. Here you can find blogs in which our contributors express their personal empiricism and polls in which you the community can provide your opinions.

by Tom Kuntzleman
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 12:37

The Ruben's Tube (also known as a Flame Tube) is a classic experiment used in physics classes. There's also a bit of chemistry to be learned while experimenting with a Ruben's Tube...

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by Stephanie O'Brien
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 11:17

With the end of school upon us and the possibility of remote instruction in the fall, here are some techniques  to address four NGSS science and engineering practices; Planning and Carrying out Investigations, Asking Questions and Defining Problems, Developing and Using Models, Analyzing and Interpreting Data.


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by Scott Donnelly
Tue, 05/19/2020 - 20:35

Welcome to Part 4 in a series of posts looking at the metabolic chemistry that allows a bear to opt to survive winter by not eating at all and by doing so increase its chances of dying from starvation. By the end of hibernation up to a third- and more for a pregnant bear- of a bear's pre-denning mass may have been devoured by the bear's metabolic and physiological needs. A remarkable animal. A remarkable study in biochemistry. Enjoy...

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by Ariel Serkin
Thu, 05/14/2020 - 17:37

Sometimes, your Professional Learning Community is not at your school, but rather with educators from around the world.

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by Josh Kenney
Mon, 05/11/2020 - 10:00

After making the switch from in-person to virtual chemistry learning in the wake of school closures due to COVID-19, teachers have continued to make adjustments.  The author has found a few new strategies and made changes to his course in response to the needs of his students and the nature of online learning.

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by Scott Balicki
Mon, 05/04/2020 - 20:13

The Exploding Pringles can design challenge is an open-ended formative assessment developed by the ACCT team, which tasks students with designing an explosion that produces the maximum boom within a Pringles container with a fixed volume.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 16:45

The solution to Chemical Mystery #17 is presented. Were you able to use your chemical knowledge to explain the results?

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by Scott Balicki
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 10:57

As physical distancing continues and we persist in teaching our chemistry classes online, it behooves us as teachers to spend some time considering how we can purposefully observe and decipher the written work that our students submit.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 17:20

If you know your chemistry, you can figure out how the bubbles get busted!

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by Ben Meacham
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 10:49

Living at the macroscopic level, it’s no surprise that understanding and effectively communicating chemistry concepts can often be a challenging endeavor. Attempting to rationalize our observations through particle-level interpretations requires us to think in less intuitive ways that often create a cognitive barrier for our students. And for good reason.

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