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Making chemistry relatable to students' lives

Started 2 months ago by Byungmoon Cho.


I am currently working towards chemistry teaching certification for high school and I have this question I would love to ask the teachers:
Is there a specific teaching methodology that you have/use to make chemistry more relatable to students' lives? That is is there something you do as a part of teaching that students you would be outside the classroom and think chemistry matters to them, more than just as an academic subject they have to do to go to college?


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  • Monica Wixon

    Posted 26 days ago

    Hi Byungmoon - what a great question! One of the things I've done is to do a "Science Friday" segment each week. (If you don't know of the program, NPR runs a science segment on Fridays from 2-4 in the afternoon: https://www.sciencefriday.com/). I take about 5 minutes to talk about something in the news or something related to my students' interests (you could take a survey at the beginning of the year to get an idea of things they might want to learn about relating to chemistry, or science in general). Another way I've done it is to have student volunteers give mini-presentations on a topic of interest to them. Or you could play part of one of the NPR segments from the website.

    AACT also has a number of articles published in Chemistry Solutions that might be useful for new teachers relating to keeping students engaged. Here are links to a couple: https://teachchemistry.org/periodical/issues/september-2019/strategies-for-fostering-community-in-high-school-chemistry-classrooms
    https://teachchemistry.org/periodical/issues/september-2019/tips-for-surviving-and-thriving-in-your-first-years-as-a-chemistry-teacher
    https://teachchemistry.org/periodical/issues/march-2019/magic-monday-inspiring-students-to-observe-and-question-in-chemistry
    https://teachchemistry.org/periodical/issues/march-2017/take-home-labs-making-science-real
    https://teachchemistry.org/periodical/issues/march-2016/bringing-real-life-context-to-chemical-math
    https://teachchemistry.org/periodical/issues/november-2014/strategies-for-increasing-student-engagement
    https://teachchemistry.org/periodical/issues/may-2015/the-power-of-choice-in-the-classroom
    https://teachchemistry.org/periodical/issues/september-2014/getting-started

    I hope some of these are helpful!