May 2016

Featured Article

Ruby cover disposal

Nuts & Bolts

Managing Chemical Wastes in the High School Lab

Need a quick reference on chemical disposal? This article provides a solid starting point to determine proper disposal methods for high school lab waste.

Resource Features

Lessons by teachers with their inspiration for the activity or tips for how to implement the lesson.

File

Resource Feature

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.

Classroom Commentary

Reflections and perspectives by teachers about topics that effect chemistry education.

Mentoring web

Classroom Commentary

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.


Fig4 lightbox small

Classroom Commentary

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.

Tech Tips

How to incorporate technology into your chemistry classroom.

Peddi web ruby

Tech Tips

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.

In My Element

Stories about teachers finding their way to the chemistry classroom.

File

In My Element

Finding a New Element

A teacher describes her transition from teaching chemistry in a university to teaching in a high school setting. Learn how she adjusted her approach to teaching, and discovered a new respect for secondary teachers.

Submit an Article

Have an idea you want to share with the chemistry education community? Submit an article to Chemistry Solutions!

Explore past issues of Chemistry Solutions

*Full access to Chemistry Solutions is an AACT member benefit. Unlocked articles are open to members and nonmembers.

Not an AACT member? Join today.

Editorial

Editorial

It Takes a Teaching Community File

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.

Simulation

Simulation

Periodic Trends: Electron Affinity, Atomic Radius & Ionic Radius Sim periodic trends electron affinity atomic radius

The May 2016 simulation is a follow-up to the March 2016 simulation. Students will focus their investigation on the electron affinity of an atom. Through the use of this simulation students will have the opportunity to examine the formation of an anion as well as compare the atomic radius of a neutral atom to the ionic radius of its anion.

Chemistry Fun

Chemistry Fun

Chemistry Fun File

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

Teacher 2 Teacher

@AACTconnect asked and you answered!