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  • In My Element | November 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. Life Lessons: Becoming a Teacher

    This article tells the unique story of a second-career teacher and her path to the high school chemistry classroom. Her first year as a teacher tested the perseverance of both her and her colleagues, as their school was lost in a Northern California wildfire. In the article, she shares thoughts about the lessons she’s learned about her role as an educator and the admiration she has gained for her amazing students, colleagues, and community.

  • Nuts & Bolts | November 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. Drawing Exit Tickets: A New Way to Formatively Assess

    The author uses a modified version of traditional exit tickets as a useful strategy to formatively assess student understanding at the end of the lesson. Her students are asked to summarize what they have learned by creating drawings. She shares that recent research has shown that drawing can be more effective than writing as a tool for remembering concepts. Read this article to see how you can use this strategy in your own classroom!

  • Nuts & Bolts | September 2019 Tips for Surviving and Thriving in Your First Years as a Chemistry Teacher

    This article provides tips for finding success as a new chemistry teacher. Tips include helpful organizational advice and lab logistics for teachers who are navigating their first few years of teaching.

  • Editorial | September 2019 Fresh Start

    AACT President Heather Weck shares her enthusiasm for a fresh start this new school year! She shares exciting updates and new content from AACT, and points teachers to some valuable teaching resources to consider as they begin a new year with students.

  • In My Element | September 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. Embracing My Teaching Style

    The author shares about her recent career transition to becoming a chemistry teacher, and reflects on the challenges and successes she experienced during her first year in the classroom.

  • Classroom Commentary | September 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. Using the Challenge Cycle to Facilitate Learning

    In this article, the author shares about her use of the Challenge Cycle in combination with the Middle School Chemistry curriculum, developed by ACS. The Challenge Cycle moves the responsibility for learning from teacher to student, and facilitates active learning as it serves as a guide for thinking and communicating.

  • Classroom Commentary | September 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. It’s Elementary: We all Teach Chemistry!

    In this article, the author affirms that elementary science teachers are chemistry teachers. She offers examples for connecting chemistry to space science, specifically using NASA resources, as well as examples for identifying other chemistry content connections in a science curriculum.

  • Classroom Commentary | September 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. Strategies for Fostering Community in High School Chemistry Classrooms

    In this article, the author discusses how developing a strong classroom community can help students persevere in the face of challenging chemistry content. The author shares how she has developed a system for fostering individual student growth while developing strong classroom culture over time.

  • Resource Feature | September 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. Part 1: Teaching Earth Chemistry

    In this article, the author shares some introductory information as well reasons for teachers to integrate the chemistry of the earth in their chemistry curriculum. This article is the first in a series of articles on earth chemistry, and discusses building the content, making connections with existing chemistry content, and seeing examples of the relevance of the subject.

  • Simulation | September 2019 Preparing Solutions

    In this simulation, students will complete a calculation in order to determine either the molarity of solution, volume of solution, or mass of solute needed. Additionally the associated particle diagram for the solution will be displayed to help students better visualize the solution at the particulate level. Finally, students will gain familiarity with the proper lab techniques for preparing a solution as they are lead through a step-by-step animated process demonstrating this procedure.

  • Nuts & Bolts | September 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. Systems-Thinking in the Chemistry Classroom

    Recent critiques of chemistry curricula have pointed toward an overly reductionist approach to teaching and learning about the central science. Advocates of curriculum changes point out that many schools and textbooks fail to help students see chemistry’s impacts within larger and interconnected systems. A systems-thinking approach to chemistry curriculum development and implementation may help both students and teachers conceive and appreciate these complex relationships. Two tools that can help teachers design and implement a systems-approach to chemical education include Science Literacy Maps and Concept Maps.

  • Tech Tips | May 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. Edpuzzle: A Video Formative Assessment Tool

    In this article, the author discusses the use of video media to enhance teaching and learning through the use of the Edpuzzle platform. He shares his thoughts about the many ways that using video media can increase student accountability and engagement, while providing more data about student achievement throughout the lesson. Edpuzzle can be a helpful tool to formatively assess student understanding, identify misconceptions, and drive instruction.

  • In My Element | May 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. The Chemistry of Opportunity: From the Commode to the Conant Award

    This article discusses the author’s background and experiences that led to his becoming a high school chemistry teacher and the 2018 recipient of the ACS James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching.

  • Resource Feature | May 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. My Favorite Demonstrations for Teaching Chemical Reactions

    In this article, the author describes a series of seven demonstrations she uses to help students understand how to identify that a chemical reaction has occurred. Additionally, students use their observations to write word equations and formula equations.

  • Classroom Commentary | May 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. Hands-On Science for K-8 Students

    This article describes outreach efforts to bring hands-on science experiments to K-8 classes. The author shares her experience involving college students in these efforts, and provides examples of some experiments that were memorable with young students.

  • Nuts & Bolts | May 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. Addressing Scientific Literacy through a Demonstration

    A chemical demonstration can be repeatedly utilized in a curricular unit to bolster scientific literacy. A series of classroom activities in a chemistry classroom is presented to illustrate the demonstration's usefulness as a central and ongoing instructional strategy.

  • Resource Feature | May 2019 Modeling Polarity

    In this article, the authors share about two kinesthetic-based activities used to successfully help students develop an understanding of polarity. The first activity focuses on conceptualizing the polarity of a bond, and the second activity allows them to apply that knowledge to determine the polarity of a molecule.

  • Animation | May 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. Measurement Animation

    In this animation, students review the fundamentals of measurement in length, mass, and volume. The animation also provides opportunities for students to practice unit conversions to confirm their understanding. **This animation has no audio**

  • Editorial | May 2019 Thank You for an Inspiring Year

    Sherri Rukes reflects on her past year as AACT president. She highlights some of the great progress made by AACT during the 2018-19 school year, and recognizes the important contributions of many valuable stakeholders.

  • Tech Tips | March 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. Creating YouTube Tutorial Channels for Student Success

    The authors share their success with creating chemistry tutorial videos and posting them on YouTube in order to support students outside of the classroom.

  • Classroom Commentary | March 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. NGSS Storylines in a Flipped Classroom

    This article provides insight into how a teacher flipped her middle school science classroom and then integrated the NGSS storyline process of learning into the flipped classroom structure.

  • Simulation | March 2019 Predicting Products

    In this simulation, students will reference an activity series and a solubility chart to accurately predict the products of single replacement and double replacement chemical reactions. Associated particle diagrams will be displayed to help students better comprehend the reaction at the particulate level. Students will also be asked to balance the chemical equation. The simulation is designed as a five question quiz for students to use multiple times.

  • Resource Feature | March 2019 Magic Monday: Inspiring Students to Observe and Question in Chemistry

    The article describes the author’s use of demonstrations to spark interest and investigation in chemistry. This teaching strategy has been both valuable and popular with her students.

  • In My Element | March 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. An Unplanned Journey to Middle School Science Teacher

    The AACT Middle School Ambassador describes her somewhat unplanned journey to becoming a middle school science teacher. Her enthusiasm and passion for teaching students at this level are evident as she shares her experiences with the reader.

  • Nuts & Bolts | March 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. Applying Retrieval Practice Techniques in the Classroom

    This article describes the author’s efforts to increase opportunities in her daily teaching practice for students to actively engage in practicing and retrieving information. Research has shown that these activities are very beneficial to long-term learning.