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  • Classroom Commentary | November 2018 Access is an AACT member benefit. Working Together toward Vertical Alignment

    The author shares his experience organizing a science workshop that connects high school science teachers with elementary school teachers in their same system. During the workshop, high school teachers present labs and activities to help elementary science teachers best prepare their own students. The experience lets teachers collaborate and discuss vertical alignment of their teaching, and be better prepared to work together to provide students with the most effective science education.

  • Classroom Commentary | September 2018 Reflections of an AP Chemistry Exam Reader

    This article describes a chemistry teacher’s experience as a Reader for the AP chemistry exam. She shares some reflections, pointers, and insights to help guide other AP Chemistry teachers in hopes of helping them prepare their students to achieve mastery on the exam.

  • Nuts & Bolts | May 2018 Access is an AACT member benefit. Strategies for Teaching SPED and EL Students in the Chemistry Classroom

    The article explores several different strategies for teaching EL and SPED students in the high school chemistry classroom.

  • Tech Tips | May 2018 Experimenting with Electronic Lab Notebooks

    The author describes her efforts to implement and effectively use electronic notebooks to capture lab work in regular, advanced, and AP chemistry classes.

  • Nuts & Bolts | May 2018 Using Learning Progressions to Improve Scientific Modeling in Chemistry

    This article describes how to use learning progressions to transform your existing modeling activities to help students construct and use models as a generative tool for predicting and explaining phenomena. In the process, the models become a learning tool, rather than just a means to illustrate understanding.

  • Nuts & Bolts | March 2018 Access is an AACT member benefit. 21st Century Skills in High School Chemistry

    This article discusses the changing trends in science education, with a focus on the need for implementing 21st century skills into the science curriculum, and some techniques for doing so.

  • Classroom Commentary | March 2018 Access is an AACT member benefit. Part II: Rethinking Common Practices in High School Chemistry

    This article is Part II of a series that aims at rethinking common practices in the high school chemistry curriculum. The first article in this series was published in the November 2017 issue. This article describes the shortcomings with the “5 Reaction Types” classification scheme and provides an alternative organization to the study of chemical reactions.

  • Nuts & Bolts | November 2017 Access is an AACT member benefit. Integrating NGSS and STEM in the Classroom

    As an educator interested in sharing your love of science with your students, how do you incorporate the NGSS and STEM in your classroom? The answer is simple. STEM and NGSS are inherently intertwined, which makes the implementation of NGSS easier. Here is a step-by-step process for how to integrate NGSS and STEM in your chemistry classroom.

  • Classroom Commentary | November 2017 Part I: Rethinking Common Practices in High School Chemistry

    The physical vs. chemical change dichotomy and criteria for classification often taught early in chemistry courses should be removed or delayed until students have a more thorough understanding of the particulate nature of matter.

  • Nuts & Bolts | September 2017 Access is an AACT member benefit. Helping Students Use their English Language Skills

    This article describes five assignments and projects that are aimed to help all students improve their English language skills.

  • Nuts & Bolts | September 2017 Access is an AACT member benefit. Embracing Chemical Literacy

    Chemical literacy has been a journey and a struggle — both of which the author has enjoyed. The struggle has ultimately improved her teaching, and in this article, her intention is to share ideas for improving the chemical literacy of students in various ways.

  • Nuts & Bolts | May 2017 Access is an AACT member benefit. Using Formative Assessment to Guide Instruction

    Formative assessment is a valuable tool for determining a student's misconceptions and level of science understanding, in order to guide class instruction. While it can seem intimidating, formative assessment can take a variety of forms to incorporate movement and collaboration in the classroom.

  • Classroom Commentary | May 2017 Finding Chemistry Connections in Climate Change

    The scientific evidence that underlies global warming and climate change has many connections with common chemistry topics. Incorporating global warming and climate change concepts into your curriculum gives context to the importance of understanding chemistry, and can help students develop a better understanding of why chemistry truly is the central science.

  • Nuts & Bolts | March 2017 Four Strategies for More Effective Labs

    Learn four strategies for effectively connecting chemistry lessons to lab activities. This article will explore flipping the pre-lab, incorporating claim-evidence-reasoning in the hypothesis and conclusion, implementing a class discussion during inquiry labs, and developing lab quizzes.

  • Nuts & Bolts | March 2017 Access is an AACT member benefit. Peer Instruction for AP Chemistry

    Peer Instruction has been described as a research-based teaching method that leverages the power of social interaction to drive learning. PI can be a powerful tool for helping students learn the challenging concepts that are integral components of AP Chemistry. This article summarizes the process of PI and research that supports it, and provides guidelines for writing quality multiple choice questions.

  • Resource Feature | March 2017 Take Home Labs: Making Science Real

    It’s an ongoing question: how do we provide students with more lab time? One answer is to introduce take home labs. In this article, the author explains how take home labs can fit into your curriculum to cover new material, review material, or provide extra credit, and how they provide increased exposure to science in our everyday world.

  • Classroom Commentary | March 2017 Access is an AACT member benefit. Bridging the Observable to the Atom: Teaching Chemistry to PreK-12 Students

    In order to support children’s understanding of matter throughout their primary and secondary education, it's necessary to design instruction using the tetrahedral model representations in which students recognize the multiple levels of thought and contextualize learning in the everyday level. This article aims to help teachers understand the learning progressions in light of the tetrahedral model representation through NGSS and other curriculum documents.

  • Resource Feature | November 2016 Access is an AACT member benefit. A Map to Solving Limiting Reactant Problems

    Teach struggling students how to determine the limiting reactant in a stoichiometry problem with this method. Through the use of arrows and corresponding steps, students are given appropriate guidance for completing these complicated calculations.

  • Resource Feature | September 2016 Access is an AACT member benefit. Tools and Strategies for Teaching Lab Report Writing

    One of the critical skills expected from any science graduate is the ability to write coherent and meaningful laboratory reports. Many chemistry students come to their first- and even second-year classes with an incomplete understanding of how to write high quality formal lab reports. We have developed some tools and strategies that may be helpful in this endeavor.

  • Classroom Commentary | September 2016 Access is an AACT member benefit. The Value of Chemistry in a STEM Focused World

    Chemistry teachers often find themselves in the center of the STEM programs within their schools. In this article, we look at what STEM education means and what the focus of our STEM programs should be. The roles of the chemistry teacher and the chemistry classroom are key to the STEM agenda, and we see how our curriculum contributes to a STEM-prepared workforce.

  • Tech Tips | May 2016 Access is an AACT member benefit. BYOD

    The author explains how her bring-your-own-device (BYOD) classroom works and how it helps her manage her classroom while also sharing tips, tricks, favorite apps, and websites.

  • Classroom Commentary | September 2016 Access is an AACT member benefit. Creating a Community in the Chemistry Classroom

    Good educators want to design their courses to ensure that every student finds some success, is able to take ownership, and leaves their chemistry class with a stronger sense of community. A guidance counselor may place a student in a classroom, but a sense of belonging, independence and mastery will give them reasons to take ownership and find success. This article explains a few ways in which the author has designed her classroom and chemistry courses to achieve these goals. By Kathleen Bernat

  • Resource Feature | March 2016 Access is an AACT member benefit. Bringing Real-Life Context to Chemical Math

    Using real life examples can elicit and engage student participation. This teacher uses a striking audio clip example from a radio program to demonstrate the importance of scientific notation.

  • Nuts & Bolts | March 2016 Access is an AACT member benefit. Incorporating CCSS and NGSS into Introductory Chemistry Investigations

    Science investigations provide a natural setting for students to develop their reading and writing skills. Two teachers explain how to transform chemistry investigations to address both Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, using the Science Writing Heuristic template.

  • Nuts & Bolts | November 2016 Essential Questions

    Essential questions are not only important components of quality teaching and learning, but their open-ended nature can also set the stage for launching into engaging classroom debates. The author provides resources and ideas for implementing this interactive style of learning into your chemistry classroom.