May 2018

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Using Learning Progressions to Improve Scientific Modeling in Chemistry

This article describes how to use learning progressions to transform your existing modeling activities to help students construct and use models as a generative tool for predicting and explaining phenomena. In the process, the models become a learning tool, rather than just a means to illustrate understanding.

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

Access is an AACT member benefit. Embracing Chemistry in the Elementary Classroom

This article discusses why it's important for K-5 teachers to overcome the fear of teaching chemistry, and gives some simple suggestions on how to start.

Classroom Commentary

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

Access is an AACT member benefit. The AP Chem Exam is Over - Now What?

This article discusses a short course in computational chemistry, designed for AP Chemistry teachers and students, primarily to be used for chemistry enrichment following the completion of the AP Chemistry exam.

Nuts & Bolts

Functional tips you can implement in your classroom.

Access is an AACT member benefit. Strategies for Teaching SPED and EL Students in the Chemistry Classroom

The article explores several different strategies for teaching EL and SPED students in the high school chemistry classroom.

Tech Tips

How to incorporate technology into your chemistry classroom.

Experimenting with Electronic Lab Notebooks

The author describes her efforts to implement and effectively use electronic notebooks to capture lab work in regular, advanced, and AP chemistry classes.

Access is an AACT member benefit. Use Moodle to Score Lab Calculations Instantly

One of the greatest time demands for chemistry teachers is the assessment of lab work. With a little bit of preparation, you can program Moodle (a widely available and free learning management system used by many schools) to correct students’ lab calculations and provide immediate feedback. The author walks through an example using a simple stoichiometry exercise used with his 11th grade general chemistry students.

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Refresh and Refocus through Reflection

Jenelle Ball reflects on both her school year and her time as the AACT Governing Board President. She highlights some newly-implemented and improved member benefits as well as some particular resources that she valued this year. She hopes all teachers will take time as the school year comes to an end to also reflect on their lessons learned and refocus for the future.


Reaction Rates

In the May 2018 simulation, students investigate several factors that can affect the initial rate of a chemical reaction, including concentration, temperature, surface area of the reactants, and addition of a catalyst.

Chemistry Fun

Access is an AACT member benefit. Hazard Symbols

In this activity, students will familiarize themselves with common hazard symbols and their meaning.