Archive For The “chemistry modeling” Category

Units 3 & 4

By | July 2, 2016

Unit 3: Energy and Moving Particles (duration: ~2 weeks, or 8 class meetings) Since the first bit of the traditional “Unit 2” was covered in the previous unit, this unit starts with pressure. Otherwise, there was no real modifications to the normal sequence. Unit 4: Describing Substances (duration: ~2-3 weeks, or 10-12 class meetings) We started this […]

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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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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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Long time no post…

By | July 21, 2014

Is this thing still on? Much has changed in my life since I last posted. Rather than being overwhelmed by trying to including everything, I’ll just tell you what I’m doing for the rest of the summer. I’m currently attending an AP Chemistry workshop at Taft School. Its the third workshop I’ve attended here (I […]

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