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    Nuts & Bolts | March 2017 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.

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    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.

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    Editorial | March 2017 Passion and Involvement Are Keys to Success

    AACT governing board member and retired chemistry teacher Regis Goode reflects on her years in the classroom, as well as her many positive experiences with ACS during her career. She encourages current teachers to get more involved in leadership by joining a committee or running for a governing board position.

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    Classroom Commentary | March 2017 Seeing STARS in Chemistry

    Read about a science instructional coach from a rural school district who made a valuable connection with two professors from the chemistry department at North Carolina State University. Together they developed a program that extended the world of chemistry to rural middle schools. Through sustained relationships, these professors continue to share their love of chemistry, in some cases for years.

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    Tech Tips | March 2017 Using Google Forms for Remediation

    This article, written in lab report format, discusses the use of Google Forms for online quizzes in the chemistry classroom. The author summarizes her experiences and methodology for using these quizzes in her classroom, and includes a link to a step-by-step video guide for creating quizzes as well as tips for implementing them in your classroom.

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    Classroom Commentary | March 2017 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.

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    Simulation | March 2017 Half-Life Investigation

    In the March 2017 simulation, students will have the opportunity to investigate the decay of two samples of unstable atoms. Students will interact with the simulation in order to decay the unstable samples resulting in a visual and graphical interpretation of half-life.

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    Tech Tips | March 2017 Using Virtual Labs to Enhance AP Curriculum

    This article uses several topics related to the AP chemistry curriculum, such as general equilibrium and thermodynamics, to illustrate how virtual lab assignments and activities can be designed to enhance the AP chemistry curriculum and meet specific learning objectives.

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    Editorial | September 2014 Welcome, Charter Members!

    Well, it’s finally here. Something chemistry teachers have been anticipating for years. Welcome, charter members, to the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT)! This is the inagural editorial of Chemistry Solution and addresses the goals of AACT, including safety, building community, and embracing all teachers of chemistry.

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    Chemistry Fun | November 2015 Chemistry Fun

    Looking to upgrade up your emoji collection? Look no further! The American Chemical Society introduces Chemoji—emojis for the chemistry lover.

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    Chemistry Fun | September 2014 Chemistry Fun

    Decode these puzzles and win a prize.

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    Chemistry Fun | March 2016 Chemistry Fun

    A cartoon about what NOT to do in the chemistry lab.

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    Chemistry Fun | May 2015 Chemistry Fun

    Compound Interest's Andy Brunning shares the inforgraphics that started it all.

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    Chemistry Fun | November 2014 Chemistry Fun

    We asked you to write in your own caption for the comic below.

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    Chemistry Fun | September 2015 Chemistry Fun

    Looking for some chemistry humor? You've come to the right place!

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    Chemistry Fun | May 2016 Chemistry Fun

    Find the differences between two action-packed lab images. How many can you find?

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    Chemistry Fun | March 2015 The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry

    AACT members can download excerpts of Larry Gonick and Craig Criddle's "Cartoon Guide to Chemistry."

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    Chemistry Fun | November 2016 ChemistryJokes.com

    Humor can increase interest in chemistry, and aid with memorization.

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    In My Element | November 2016 From Corporate Scientist to Classroom Teacher

    Read about the author's transition from a corporate chemist to a high school science teacher. Through her journey, she discovers a desire to empower disenfranchised minorities and encourage their inclusion and success in STEM related careers.

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    Tech Tips | November 2016 Using Wikis to Promote Engagement in a Chemistry Lab

    Wikis can be used as a technology tool for differentiating a chemistry lab so it's engaging to all students. In this article the author explains how to build a classroom wiki page to use with students. He also explores ways to assess students’ tasks completed during the lab.

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    Tech Tips | November 2016 Simple Technology Strategies to Improve the Lab Experience

    Learn how to incorporate a few simple strategies to improve data sharing, pre-lab preparation and post-lab discussion in the chemistry lab. The author discusses the use of Google Forms, and the integration of videos and simulations.

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    Editorial | November 2016 How a Little Luck and Some Get-Up-and-Go Made Me a Better Teacher

    Veteran chemistry teacher and AACT governing board member Roxie Allen reflects on her teaching career and active involvement in various professional teaching organizations. She emphasizes the value of being involved, and encourages other teachers to grow outside their classroom.

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    Resource Feature | November 2016 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.

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    Nuts & Bolts | May 2015 Using NGSS in the Chemistry Classroom

    Questions from the March NGSS webinar are addressed, touching on topics including NGSS resources, how NGSS effects chemistry curriculum, and helpful tips about ChemCom sixth edition.


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    Resource Feature | September 2016 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.