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  • Resource Feature | May 2022 Bringing Materials Chemistry into the Teaching of Bonding

    In this article, the author explains how she incorporates topics of materials science into a chemical bonding unit. She shares several teaching resources as examples, including easy-to-use, show-and-tell style demonstrations that have had been effective at introducing students to the exciting field of material science.

  • Classroom Commentary | March 2022 Access is an AACT member benefit. Teachers of Young Students are Chemistry Teachers Too

    In this article, 2022 Colorado Teacher of the Year and middle school science teacher Autumn Rivera encourages middle school and elementary school teachers to see themselves as chemistry teachers. She shares about how her own love and passion for science was fueled at a young age and knows that teachers of young students can have a similar positive impact. It’s clear that Middle and Elementary school teachers can have a wide range of teaching responsibilities, but if you look closely, you’ll find that most likely they are science teachers as well.

  • Classroom Commentary | September 2021 Access is an AACT member benefit. Finding Your Leadership Potential in Chemistry Education

    As the pandemic closed the doors of schools across the nation, educators from across the world adapted to reach students in an uncertain world. Through the author’s journey in search of new teaching strategies, she gained insights into the importance of leadership in education — even after 14 years of teaching. In this article, she suggests that each teacher has something important to bring to the educational community, and that the current situation demands that new leaders emerge to help all of us reach our most vulnerable student populations.

  • Classroom Commentary | September 2021 An Opportunity to Get Involved!

    Read about one veteran chemistry teacher’s 25-year experience with the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Program (USNCO). He shares his experience, insight, and an overview of the wonderful program. If you’ve ever thought about getting yourself or your students involved, now is your chance to learn more!

  • Classroom Commentary | September 2020 Access is an AACT member benefit. The Importance of Teacher Training and Mentorship

    In this article, the author reflects on his experiences related to mentorship and teacher training throughout a 32-year (and counting) career with the Los Angeles Unified School District. He examines several milestone events that led him to serve as a mentor and become involved in teaching training. He emphasizes the importance of both types of support networks, and encourages readers to get involved in their own areas.

  • 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.

  • 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 | November 2018 Access is an AACT member benefit. Successful Collaboration, Fostered by the American Chemical Society

    This article describes the exciting collaboration between university and high school students and faculty that developed over a decade. The two main components that contribute to this successful partnership are the ChemClub and Science Coaches programs, sponsored by ACS/AACT.

  • Classroom Commentary | March 2018 The Science Coaches Program in Action

    This article describes the very successful Science Coaches partnership between a third-grade teacher and a Ph.D. chemist, who is also her father. The authors offer insight and tips for making the best use of a Science Coach partnership, or any science visitor to your classroom.

  • Nuts & Bolts | November 2017 Access is an AACT member benefit. TMI (Too Much Information) in Science

    In an age when information comes at us at breakneck-speed, how do we help our students deal with science outside the confines of their standard curriculum — and think critically about alternative arguments to questionable research data?

  • Classroom Commentary | September 2017 Access is an AACT member benefit. One Teacher’s Journey on the Path to Modeling Instruction

    This article describes a teacher’s journey and reflections over her 27-year career as she moved from a traditional chemistry classroom to one using modeling instruction techniques. To illustrate a central insight she gained along her journey, she describes one activity in particular, Sticky Tape. In this activity, students find evidence for charged particles smaller than an atom, and the discussion after the activity ultimately leads them to the subatomic particle we know as the electron. Making the move to incorporating modeling instruction transformed the author’s classroom and teaching style, and her students are now much more engaged in their own learning.

  • Classroom Commentary | May 2017 Access is an AACT member benefit. Read! But Read the Right Things

    Contemplating some summer reading? The author shares his thoughts on two books that are rich in details about the progression of science, and also explore more important, fundamental insights about the discipline.

  • Nuts & Bolts | May 2017 There’s More to the New Safety Data Sheets than a Missing “M”

    Safety in the chemistry lab is a concern for all teachers, regardless of years of experience. In 2015, major changes occurred to chemical labels and SDS in the US, however, many people that work and teach with chemicals are still fuzzy on the details. This article aims to increase your comfort level with SDSs by describing the timeline, some changes over the last 5 years, pros/cons of the newer format, related hazard communication issues, and providing info on other available resources.

  • 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.

  • Classroom Commentary | May 2016 Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

  • Classroom Commentary | September 2015 Access is an AACT member benefit. How I Found Modeling Pedagogy

    Throughout his 35-year teaching career, this teacher found success in active learning, particularly through modeling chemistry pedagogy. Read how his teaching evolved by incorporating new techniques, strategies, and ideas.

  • Tech Tips | May 2015 Access is an AACT member benefit. How Social Media Improved My Teaching

    Twitter, Google+, and blogs have expanded this teacher's resources and learning networks outside of her own district, and allowed her to be reflective about her teaching.

  • Tech Tips | September 2014 Access is an AACT member benefit. ChemEd X: Online Chemistry Teacher Community

    An associate editor of the Journal of Chemical Education, Deanna Cullen, introduces ChemEd X.

  • Classroom Commentary | March 2016 Reviving The Reason For My Work

    Adrian Dingle re-discovers a love of chemistry academia through a prestigious fellowship—and encourages you to reconnect with your own inspiration for teaching.