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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.

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    Classroom Commentary | September 2016 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.

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    Tech Tips | May 2016 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.

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    Resource Feature | May 2016 Getting Young Students Excited about Science

    Have you considered teaching chemistry to your elemenatry students? This fifth grade teacher shows how easy it is to introduce chemistry into the elementary school classroom. She reviews several You Be The Chemist® activities, and explains why her students love them.

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    Editorial | May 2016 It Takes a Teaching Community

    As the end of another school year approaches, Chemistry Solutions editor Emily Bones reflects on her first year back in the classroom, and the unique cycle that is teaching. As you make plans to recharge and rethink your plans for next year, remember the AACT website is a great starting point.

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    Nuts & Bolts | September 2016 Starting off on the Right Foot

    Want to hit the ground running as a new AP chemistry teacher? While there’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach to tackling the delivery of an AP chemistry course, here are ten basic things you can do to help yourself before the school year gets underway.

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    Classroom Commentary | May 2016 Reflections of a Mentor Teacher

    A veteran teacher reflects on the valuable, unexpected, and rewarding learning experience of being a mentor to a student teacher. He encourages you to consider hosting an intern for a school year.

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    Editorial | September 2016 President’s Message: Another New School Year, and a Fresh Start

    The beginning of a new school year is here, and AACT President Scott Hawkins fondly recalls navigating his first year in the chemistry classroom, 22 years ago. Whether you’re a veteran teacher or are new to the classroom, AACT is a great place to find reliable teaching ideas, professional development opportunities, and many other valuable resources.

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    Classroom Commentary | May 2016 On Being a Head of Department

    How can you be a better, more proactive Department Chair? This article contains suggestions from an author with experience as a Department Chair in three different schools, over a 41-year teaching career.

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    Nuts & Bolts | September 2016 Keeping the Wow Factor, and Controlling the Risks

    This article reviews the safety problems inherent in the “traditional” rainbow experiment and similar demonstrations, the responses from various organizations, and safer alternatives.

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    Tech Tips | March 2016 A Student Centered, Web Based Approach to Teaching Unit Conversions

    Learn about a web-based tutorial that uses a drag and drop interface to teach students how to convert between units of measure. Features include a dimensional analysis approach and immediate feedback for students.

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    Classroom Commentary | September 2016 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

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    Resource Feature | March 2016 Keys for Success in Teaching Chemistry

    Teach fundamental chemistry concepts using common items, and discover clever options for finding teaching supplies on a limited budget.

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    Resource Feature | March 2016 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.

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    Nuts & Bolts | March 2016 Guest Speakers Bring Science to Life in an Elementary Classroom

    This fifth grade teacher in Michigan works with practicing scientists to reinforce science skills, concepts, and vocabulary with his students.

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    Nuts & Bolts | March 2016 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.

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    Editorial | March 2016 Keeping it Real

    Chemistry Solutions editor Emily Bones reflects on her first semester back in the classroom, and discovers the key to keeping her students engaged.

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    Resource Feature | November 2014 A Cracking Good Reaction

    Eliminate safety concerns of cracking hydrocarbons in a classroom setting by doing the reaction with a microscale set up.

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    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.

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    Tech Tips | September 2015 Google Drawings: Visualizing and Interacting

    An instructional guide for teachers who want to use the Google App, Google Drawings, in their classroom.

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    Nuts & Bolts | November 2014 Uncovering Student Thinking through the Science Literacy Framework

    You can borrow tricks of the trade from literacy to create dynamic lessons to increase student understanding.

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    Tech Tips | September 2015 Connecting Chemistry Students with Practicing Professionals

    Learn how to leverage a virtual platform to connect your students to practicing professionals.

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    Nuts & Bolts | November 2014 Strategies for Increasing Student Engagement

    Increase student engagement and promote critical-thinking skills through positive student–teacher relationships, chemical demonstrations, and student discussions.

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    Nuts & Bolts | November 2014 Learning Electron Configuration via POGIL

    Are your students struggling with learning electron configurations? This POGIL activity can help.

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    In My Element | November 2014 My Late Love of Chemistry

    My relationship with chemistry changed as I began teaching. I am one of two science teachers at the junior high and high school in my rural public school in Russia, OH.