Archive For The “education” Category

Coming Soon: Global Chemistry Department

By | August 29, 2012

This summer #chemchat (a twitter chat for chemistry teachers) launched on Wednesday nights at 8:30-9:30pm EST. Its a great opportunity to tweet with fellow chemistry teachers about a specific topic (inquiry, project design, dimensional analysis, demos, etc) to talk about the “why,” best practices, specific ideas that can be carried into the classroom. You can [...]

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BCCE: Day 3 Recap

By | August 1, 2012

Tuesday was a good day at BCCE. Highlights: I saw two talks on chemistry misconceptions. One dealt with oxidation-reduction reactions, and the issues some college students have using multiple representations to demonstrate their understanding of the reactions. Some issues seem very basic (such as representing an ionic solution at the particle level), while others were [...]

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BCCE: Day 2

By | July 31, 2012

Yesterday was another good day for me at BCCE. Here are some nuggets: SEE-I Technique: this can be utilized in chemistry to provide students an opportunity to clarify and explain their understanding of a concept. The “-I” part is the most critical, as students are asked to provide an abstract example of what the concept [...]

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BCCE: Day 1 Recap

By | July 30, 2012

While not always in realtime (thank you Google Docs offline!), you can follow and ask questions/post comments on my notes from the BCCE conference here. Day 1 was short, but pretty good. While all of the sessions I attended didn’t fit my needs, some were really good. I’ll only discuss one today. The end of [...]

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BCCE Bound!

By | July 28, 2012

Over the next several days, I will be attending the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education held this year at Penn State. This is the second time I've attended this conference. It's a great opportunity to comment with chemistry teachers and professors who are passionate about chemistry and more importantly, improving the quality of student learning. [...]

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