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by Allison Tarvin
Sat, 02/07/2015 - 14:06

Education “buzz words” can be meaningless jargon, or they can challenge us to consider new approaches to teaching and learning. Don’t let the jargon be a buzz kill!

“Significant figures are so confusing,” says my former student, who is currently taking AP Chemistry. My PowerPoint lecture with lab to follow didn’t work. Convicted, I wrestled with transforming my tired lesson. I embraced the buzz words. Let’s look at a significant figures lesson that changed my compliant, quiet learners to ENGAGED COLLABORATORS.

Recent activity: 6 years 10 months ago
by Ryan Schoenborn
Thu, 02/05/2015 - 10:22

Chemistry teachers face many challenges. One of those challenges is providing our students with the equipment and resources they need to be successful. Many teachers find themselves in schools that cannot afford to properly outfit their chemistry courses. That is exactly the situation I found myself in as a new teacher.

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Recent activity: 5 months 20 hours ago
by Tom Kuntzleman
Tue, 02/03/2015 - 11:19

Conducting experiments with liquid nitrogen experiments is a sure-fire way to energize many chemistry lessons. Unfortunately, getting access to liquid nitrogen can be a bit difficult.

Recent activity: 1 year 10 months ago
by Dan Meyers
Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:53

At my school in Michigan, the second semester just started this week. And, since all chemistry classes (except for IB Chemistry) are semester courses, I have new students and different preps.

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Recent activity: 3 years 7 months ago
by Deanna Cullen
Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:18

I love teaching chemistry! It is fun to express that interest by collecting t-shirts and other items when I attend professional development.

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Recent activity: 3 years 7 months ago
by Erica Posthuma
Sun, 01/25/2015 - 20:50

This is the time of year when I start looking ahead and planning my professional development for the new year.   As a mom to two young boys I simply cannot attend all the conferences, workshops, or lectures I’d like to.  I have to research my options and determine how each oppo

Recent activity: 3 years 7 months ago
by Doug Ragan
Sun, 01/25/2015 - 17:26

In my high school chemistry classes, I stress the use of units and the use of written chemical formulas to be represented properly.  It is important to me that when a student expresses the formula of a chemical either in their data or in a balanced equation that they represent it correctly.

Recent activity: 6 years 10 months ago
by Sarah Kong
Tue, 01/20/2015 - 09:45

Wow! Night one of the semester we did the activity Change You Can Believe In. It was my second time facilitating, so I did a much better job of directing students when they asked questions and it went much faster than last semester. I did still, as expected, have students that were frustrated.

Recent activity: 6 years 10 months ago
by Erica Jacobsen
Wed, 01/14/2015 - 15:26

“On the third day of Christmas, my mailman brought to me… three gardening catalogs.” Jumping the gun? Or marketing genius? The doldrums after the holiday were a perfect time for these pages with their promise of spring. Their arrival kicked off an evening of grand plans. Somewhere along the line, chemistry crept in.

Recent activity: 6 years 10 months ago
by Sarah Kong
Tue, 01/13/2015 - 13:41

A good inquiry activity is an engaging way to begin a new semester.

Recent activity: 3 years 7 months ago