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Robert Buntrock reviews an interesting book on the chemistry of explosives just in time for summer fireworks.
The updated ACS Guidelines and Recommendations for Teaching Middle and High School Chemistry were recently released.
I was drawn to an article by Eilks, Gulacar, and Sandoval about Acid-Base Chemistry and Chemical Equilibrium in the April 2018 issue of JCE. The title of the article is "Exploring the Mysterious Substances, X and Y: Challenging Students' Thinking on Acid-Base Chemistry and Chemical Equilibrium." The premise of the article is to demonstrate how an instructor may use a group of compounds (zeolites) to "elaborate on the behavior of solid state acids and bases" while revisiting LeChatelier's principle.
The International Scholastic Journal of Science is an online, open-access journal that provides the opportunity for secondary students to publish entry-level research and become part of the scientific process. In this blog post I will share information about ISJOS and encourage you to find students that are interested in publishing.
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.