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Learning chemistry requires students to become fluent in the symbolic language of chemistry. Developing expertise requires that students move beyond manipulating equations and symbols to create explanations with particulate models of matter to explain their observations in the laboratory. Failure to accurately interpret and connect these multiple representations of matter and Johnstone’s Domains – macroscopic, particulate, and symbolic - is one source of students’ misconceptions. We hope you will join us on September 29th at 8pm EST to learn more about this topic from Stacey Lowery Bretz.
Digital notebooking is a dynamic process that integrates different learning experiences to challenge and reinforce student understanding. This method actively engages students in a manner that encourages discussion and collaboration. We hope you will join us on July 14th at 8pm EST to learn how Sarah English uses digital notebooks with her students.
In this ChemEd X Talk, Nora Walsh will share tips and advice for integrating interactive notebooks into chemistry lessons. She will share both general and specific tips on everything from organizing your classroom for notebooking to how to plan layouts, general and specific ideas for input and output, and some ideas on grading/scoring interactive notebooks. Join us on July 11th, 2022!
ChemEd X Talks with Doug Ragan about how he uses colored magnets in his classroom to represent things such as subatomic particles, states of matter, balancing chemical equations, types of bonding, molecular geometry and much more. Join the conversation! Register for this 45 minute Zoom meeting to be held April 14th at 8pm EST.
You are invited to participate in a zoom meeting hosted by Dr. Melanie J. Harvey, Johnson County Community College, on April 7 at 7:00 pm CST (8:00 pm EST) to discuss Dr. Christopher R. Vyhnal’s paper, “Curricular Materials on the Chemistry of Pottery, Including Thermodynamic Calculations for Redox Reactions in the 3-Stage Firing Process of Athenian Black- and Red-Figure Vases Produced from the Sixth-Fourth Centuries BCE,” published this year in the Journal of Chemical Education. Register early! This ChemEd X Journal Club is limited to the first 50 registrations.
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Mastery-based grading involves assessing student mastery of a defined set of learning objectives. In this virtual talk the practical implementation of additional assessments, outcomes of student achievement, and lessons learned will be discussed.
Solutions are all around us in life and chemistry class! The presenter for our next ChemBasics Talk, Kristen Vanderveen, will discuss solubility curves, molarity calculations, using particulate level modeling and simulations, making real world connections and so much more. Register for this (FREE) hour long Zoom meeting to be held February 10th, 2022, at 8pm EST.
Chemical Reactions is a topic that unites a number of skills from formula writing, balancing equations, predicting products and solubility to name a few. Our presenter, Sarah English, will explore the phenomenon of burning steel wool in a chemical reactions storyline and show how this topic provides a seamless transition into future concepts such as oxidation and reduction chemistry, organic chemistry and stoichiometry. Register for this (FREE) hour long Zoom meeting to be held January 13th, 2022, at 8pm EST.
Gas Laws are an essential and easily accessible area of chemistry to understand. They can be an excellent foothold into the inner workings of chemistry. In this ChemBasics Talk, Daniel Radoff will be arguing for moving a discussion of gas laws earlier in the school year. He will provide some labs, handouts, demos, and other ideas for ways of teaching this engaging subject. Register for this (FREE) hour long Zoom meeting to be held December 9th at 8pm EST.