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Over the last two years, the Official AP Chemistry Community forum on the College Board website has been largely, though not completely, displaced by the formation of a Facebook group called National AP Chemistry Teachers that now boasts 1,962 members.
If you have never attended an official Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) training, you may consider doing so this summer. Many educators mention they have used POGIL activities. The POGIL pedagogy is not simply students completing worksheets. It requires training to implement it in order to achieve the desired effects of developing students process skills along with providing the opportunity for students to self discover content through collaborative roles.
Consider helping the AAAS Project 2061 pilot their newly developed assessment tasks that measure students' ability to use the three dimensions outlined by the Next Generation Science Standards - science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas related to energy.
Who doesn't need money for lab equipment, instructional aids or professional development? Do you have an idea for an outreach event that you cannot afford to to run? Apply for a Hach grant. There is no time to waste. The proposal is due April 16th, 2018.
The Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) is providing an engaging afternoon program for K-8 teachers interested in physical science or chemistry concepts in their classrooms. This summer marks the 25th BCCE meeting and the first time the organizers have developed programming for the K-8 community. Registration is now open!
Have you used the Argument Driven Chemistry book or resources? Read more about it here.
The Biennial Conference on Chemical Education is one of the best professional development opportunities available for chemistry teachers. The 2018 conference will be held at Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, July 29 - August 3. The ACS Division of Chemical Education sponsors this national meeting. There is excellent programming available for middle school science teachers, high school chemistry teachers, graduate students and college faculty. You do not have to be a member of ACS or the Division of Chemical Education to attend and/or present.
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Tools for Integrating Green Chemistry in Your Classroom features a hybrid of published Journal of Chemical Education articles, Beyond Benign lesson plans and additional supporting resources. Join us to gain a deeper understanding of how to integrate green chemistry principles and practices into your classrooms, by investigating novel technologies, exploring green chemistry alternatives to traditional experiments, and evaluating a fresh perspective on chemical modeling. Our goal is to spark interactive dialogue related to increasing the adoption of green chemistry principles and practices throughout the K-20 chemistry education spectrum.
One of my goals for 2017 was to read more chemistry non-fiction. I accomplished that with three and a half books read. That doesn't seem like much, but given how busy I've been lately it was quite an accomplishment! I offer a brief review of my most recent book here, "The Alchemy of Air" by Thomas Hager.
Teachers and students will appreciate the generous Science Week options at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando this February. This is an annual event offering professional development, outreach programs and grant money from the proceeds of the Pittcon convention.