Author Archives: Ms. Bethea

Unit 2

By | November 8, 2015

Unit 2: Energy and States of Matter (Duration: ~ 3 weeks, or 13 class meetings)   This unit began relatively normally, with diffusion demos and storyboards. We watched the Eureka! videos, and we discussed measuring temperature, and how to represent cold and hot particles in motion. We had a great discussion on our particle representations, […]

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New(ish) beginnings and reflection on my first unit

By | November 8, 2015

I’m currently in my 8th year of teaching, 7th year of teaching Chemistry, and 5th year as a modeler. It is not an exaggeration to say that my experience with modeling has changed my entire teaching philosophy, and the way that I relate with students. It has also had an impact on how I teach chemistry not only at […]

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Here again.

By | June 28, 2015

As I headed over to my blog dashboard, I realized it has been almost exactly a year since I last posted. And, funny enough, I am exactly where I left off. I am back at Taft School, this time for a two-week AP chemistry workshop. The main difference is this time I actually will be […]

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What I Learned: Day 4 and 5 of AP Workshop

By | July 30, 2014

All textbooks are not created equal (though a few are very similar) As is typical in these sorts of workshops, I ended up with about 500 lbs of free textbooks. In addition to the typical (Zumdahl, Brown/LeMay) I got to look at a few that I hadn’t heard of or considered before.  My favorite among […]

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What I learned: Day 3 of AP Chemistry Workshop

By | July 24, 2014

Modeling Chemistry (or physics, or bio) seems to be the perfect prep for the new AP class When looking at the College Board’s recommendations for improving performance on this year’s Free Response Questions, some repeated themes include have students draw particle views of… distinguish between descriptions and explanations have students describe in words what they observe have […]

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