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by Erica K. Jacobsen
Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:05

Throw the phrase “chemistry class” at someone to get their reaction. What do you predict it would be? A chalkboard full of stoichiometry problems? Wading through the atomic masses on the periodic table? Bubbling beakers? Something else? In any case, I’m guessing his or her first answer would not be, “Creative writing.”

Recent activity: 1 year 9 hours ago
by Mary Saecker
Tue, 03/14/2017 - 14:06

The March 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: protein chemistry; making connections in in chemical education research; chemical bonding; importance of non-technical skills; courses built on reactivity; periodic table; heterocyclic compounds; teaching resources; from the archives: Using Wikipedia and Wikis to teach.

Recent activity: 12 months 4 days ago
by Doug Ragan
Wed, 02/22/2017 - 23:51

In an effort to better understand my high school students' knowledge of what is happening during phase changes, heating curve calculations, and the ever popular can crush demo, I run them through a series of activities. First, I ask my students "What Temperature Does Water Boil At?"

Recent activity: 1 year 3 days ago
by Erica Posthuma
Thu, 02/16/2017 - 09:38

Food chemistry is an interesting and fun class for students. Read the article for some suggestions about resources along with an outline of a unit developed around water in cooking. 

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Recent activity: 11 months 1 week ago
by Deanna Cullen
Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:40

Julia Winter is the 2016 Conant Award winner. She is a veteran chemistry teacher from Michigan. You can watch a video interview recorded March 2016.

Recent activity: 11 months 4 weeks ago
by Mary Saecker
Tue, 02/14/2017 - 14:30

The February 2017 online issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now to subscribers. Topics featured include: surface chemistry; chemical identity thinking; conceptual understanding; communicating science to the general public; activities and labs linking chemistry and art; history and chemistry; early access to research; technology as instructional support; synthesis laboratories; from the archives: bottle chemistry.

Recent activity: 12 months 4 days ago
by Erica K. Jacobsen
Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:40

Erica Jacobsen shares highlights from the February 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education that are of special interest to high school chemistry teachers.

Recent activity: 12 months 4 days ago
by Ben Meacham
Mon, 02/13/2017 - 09:10

For me, the first step toward teaching my students how to critically think about how they structured an argument or explanation was to implement the Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) framework. While the premise behind CER isn’t anything new to the way science teachers already think, it provides an entirely different approach toward how students connect their experiences and previously learned content into something that is much more reflective of being scientifically literate.

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Recent activity: 11 months 3 weeks ago
by Lowell Thomson
Fri, 01/27/2017 - 22:43

For a recent unit on organic chemistry for my IB students, I tried something new. I gave them a handout with a list of organic compounds (by class/functional group) and a list of mechanisms and reaction types. Their task (in small groups), using either butcher paper or a large whiteboard, was to create a flow chart of reaction pathways.

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Recent activity: 1 month 3 weeks ago
by Doug Ragan
Tue, 01/24/2017 - 21:12

The lab was a success as I watched startled students produce the so-called barking dog sound as they combusted the hydrogen gas in their inverted test tubes.

Recent activity: 1 year 3 days ago