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  • Classroom Commentary | September 2023 Access is an AACT member benefit. The Impact of Mentorship

    The author describes the sizable gap in academic performance in STEM that existed between the White and Hispanic students at the high school where she teaches. Creating a club for her school’s Hispanic students to provide STEM mentorship helped address the issue successfully.

  • Resource Feature | September 2023 Access is an AACT member benefit. Developing Chemistry Lessons with Student Interest in Mind

    The author shares an overview of example chemistry lessons designed to engage low performing students by connecting content with relevant life experiences. Connections to NGSS standards, as well as attention to reading, writing, and mathematics are described as well.

  • Tech Tips | September 2023 Access is an AACT member benefit. Making the Instructional Videos I Wish I’d Had as a Teacher

    A former chemistry teacher shares about the challenges she faced in the past when incorporating videos into her teaching, and how she now uses that perspective in her work as a science video content creator.

  • Advice Column | September 2023 Dear Labby

    A teacher from Texas asks about precipitates and Labby answers. 

  • Classroom Commentary | September 2023 Access is an AACT member benefit. Empowering Preservice Teachers Through Mentoring

    In this article, the author reflects on her experience as a mentor of preservice teachers and the valuable impact it has on their personal and professional growth.

  • Nuts & Bolts | September 2023 ChatGPT in the Chemistry Classroom

    Learn how two co-teachers plan to explore and integrate artificial intelligence (AI), specifically ChatGPT, in their science classroom. This article emphasizes that AI should not replace teachers, but rather be used to enhance the learning experience.

  • Editorial | September 2023 Connect, Collaborate, and Contribute

    As teachers embark on the new school year, the 2023-24 AACT Governing Board President, Michael Farabaugh, encourages educators to embrace what he calls the “three C’s.”

  • Nuts & Bolts | May 2023 Access is an AACT member benefit. Using Notetaking to Help Students Take More Meaningful Notes

    In this article the author discusses her journey to transform traditional notetaking in her classroom to a more active, engaging activity for students. She describes several successful strategies that she uses in her middle school science classroom, including group notetaking, processing-based activities, like one-pagers, and combining colors, pictures and text through the sketchnoting approach.

  • Editorial | May 2023 How Are You?

    AACT President Matt Perekupka reflects on the school year and revisits the topic of teacher burnout. He hopes that other teachers have shared his feeling of revitalization this school year and credits the importance of building connections for combatting his battle with burnout.

  • Resource Feature | May 2023 Exploring Social Justice Through a Chemistry Lens

    This article details a project that introduces students to the intersection of social justice and chemistry. Over the course of a semester, students study the Flint, Michigan water crisis and discuss the social aspects while exploring the solution chemistry underlying the events.

  • In My Element | May 2023 Access is an AACT member benefit. Embracing a Challenging Opportunity

    In this article, a teacher shares his story about moving from the Philippines to Orlando, Florida to accept a chemistry teaching position at an inner city, Title I high school. He highlights an unanticipated challenge that he encountered, his successful journey to overcome it, and some adjustments he needed to make in order to succeed. He shares several strategies and examples that helped him along the way, ultimately motivating him to remain true to his calling as a teacher.

  • Classroom Commentary | May 2023 Access is an AACT member benefit. 5 Lessons I Wish I’d Learned Earlier in My Career

    A veteran chemistry teacher shares five pearls of teaching wisdom from her teaching career. She hopes to inspire and support fellow chemistry teachers, especially those who are just starting out in the profession.

  • In My Element | March 2023 Access is an AACT member benefit. In the Philippines, Teaching Starts with Problem-Solving

    In this article, the author offers her unique perspective as an educator in the Philippines. Though she has been faced with many challenges throughout her career, when problems arise, she is solution-focused. She shares about the obstacles she and her colleagues often face, including limited support, closed schools and laboratories, isolation, and personal struggles. Through perseverance and successful networking, some of these burdens have been reduced, but other difficulties remain. She encourages educators near and far to lend a hand and support one another as much as possible.

  • Resource Feature | March 2023 Restoring the Passion for Chemistry: How Collaborating on a Research Project can Inspire both Students and Teachers

    In this article, the author shares about her struggle to balance curriculum requirements and pacing with the opportunity to provide real lab experiences for students. Recently, she has experienced science classes dwindling in popularity, particularly since the pandemic. When she had the opportunity to end a particularly difficult school year with a student-led research project, she helped both herself and her students regain a love of learning.

  • Classroom Commentary | March 2023 Access is an AACT member benefit. High School Girls in STEM Club

    In this article, the author shares about the motivation for and purpose of the Girls in STEM club, created in her school nearly a decade ago. The club has flourished over the years, encouraging and supporting high school girls in STEM subjects as well as providing outreach opportunities for club members and younger girls in the community who are interested in STEM.

  • Nuts & Bolts | March 2023 Access is an AACT member benefit. Enhancing the Lab Experience with Alternative Approaches

    In this article, the author discusses the use of both at-home and virtual labs to supplement and support in-class labs. She includes examples of both, and discusses their unique benefits and approaches. She also describes how making and sharing videos of the teacher conducting labs can promote a more engaging make-up experience for absent students. Although many of these approaches were developed for hybrid and remote learning environments, the author has continued using them with in-person teaching to support in-class labs and extend the overall lab experience.

  • Editorial | March 2023 Access is an AACT member benefit. They Need Care: Rebuilding with Connections

    In this editorial, AACT Governing Board DivCHED Representative Michael Mury discusses the importance of teacher-student relationships. He encourages teachers to continue to build essential connections with students in their classrooms, and provides several suggestions for doing so. It’s never too late, he reminds teachers, to get to know your students!

  • Classroom Commentary | November 2022 Access is an AACT member benefit. Teaching Chimie in Canada

    In this article, a Canadian author shares about her experience teaching chemistry in French Immersion, a program aimed at promoting bilingualism in French and English, the country’s two official languages. As she describes, both teaching and learning chemistry en français can be especially difficult, presenting unique challenges. She discusses her experiences as a classroom teacher, extra considerations required to support students in this setting, and the strategies she uses to expand students’ communication skills en français in the context of chimie.

  • Resource Feature | November 2022 Access is an AACT member benefit. Safely Introducing Students to the Chemistry Lab by Modifying a Classic Investigation

    In this article, the author discusses the common objectives of early weeks in first-year high school chemistry, such as safe lab attitudes and techniques, learning SI measurements, and communicating data and conclusions. The lab investigation highlighted in this article can be used to begin achieving all these objectives in an engaging and fun chemical reaction using a heating source with a reduced carbon footprint. The data developed gives an excellent opportunity for students to practice writing results and conclusions in the “claim, evidence, logical connection” manner taught in many secondary schools.

  • Classroom Commentary | November 2022 Chemical Phenomena in Everyday Life: An Adventure in Writing Across the Curriculum

    This article describes a year-long writing project in an upper-level chemistry course that culminates in a Writing Marathon field trip to New York City. The goal of the project was to use student writing about chemical phenomena observed in daily life to make connections to the concepts discussed in class. The author shares that her students enjoyed exploring the city and examining it through their chemistry lens. She found it even more rewarding to watch them apply their knowledge to explain the phenomena around them.

  • Editorial | November 2022 Making Connections: The Value of a Professional Learning Network

    AACT President-Elect Michael Farabaugh reflects on his journey building a professional learning community throughout his career. He provides insight to both online and in-person opportunities, and shares about some of his most impactful experiences. He encourages teachers to get involved and make connections through a variety of resources.

  • Nuts & Bolts | September 2022 Access is an AACT member benefit. Teaching with Project-Based Learning in the High School Chemistry Classroom

    In this article, the author describes her interest and recent success with her implementation of Project-Based Learning (PBL) in the chemistry classroom. She discusses her experience using PBL and what motivates her to continue using the approach. She also provides an overview of some successful chemistry units that are designed with PBL in mind.

  • Classroom Commentary | September 2022 Access is an AACT member benefit. Small Stones, Big Mountains

    Learning science at middle and high school level should stimulate curiosity and engagement. Many new teachers, and also those who have been teaching for a while, can feel overwhelmed and consequently miss opportunities to help their students truly experience the wonderment and awe of science. This article suggests small modifications in pedagogy that can make a big difference in how students learn science in the classroom, and seeks to inspire teachers to rethink and re-evaluate their pedagogy approach.

  • Editorial | September 2022 Battling and Overcoming Teacher Burnout

    AACT President Matt Perekupka addresses the difficult but timely topic of teacher burnout. He shares about the obstacles he has faced as a teacher in recent years, and outlines shared goals for overcoming burnout in the year ahead. Matt emphasizes the importance of having a positive professional network, while also encouraging teachers to be mindful of their personal well-being this year.

  • In My Element | September 2022 Access is an AACT member benefit. Curiosity, Challenges, and Success: The Journey of a Teacher

    In this article, the author shares about the influences and circumstances that led her to a career in teaching. Additionally, she brings light to the demographics and flavor of the Rio Grande Valley region of Texas, and why she feels it is the perfect fit for her as a chemistry teacher.