November 2015

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Resource Feature

Q & A with Michael Dayah is one of the first online periodic tables—and one of the most popular. Created years ago when Michael was a high school chemistry student, his ongoing upgrades aim to support teachers of chemistry.

Resource Features

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

Access is an AACT member benefit. Best Molar Ratio: An Acid-Base Discovery Activity

An experienced teacher updates a classic limiting reactant activity using inexpensive chemicals, pressure sensors, and Erlenmeyer flasks.

Classroom Commentary

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

Embracing the Spirit of the Next Generation Science Standards

This article reflects on the ways teachers are being challenged to design curriculum and implement the Next Generation Science Standards. There is an opportunity to demonstrate life-long learning and implement ways for students to create value in their knowledge and find joy in the learning process.

Nuts & Bolts

Functional tips you can implement in your classroom.

Access is an AACT member benefit. Five Reasons to Use Games to Teach Students

Using games in the classroom is a great way to introduce topics and to create a fun learning environment.

Tech Tips

How to incorporate technology into your chemistry classroom.

Access is an AACT member benefit. Using Google Docs to Collect Class Data

Learn why using Google Docs as a data sharing tool can help students make a stronger connection to the curriculum.

Access is an AACT member benefit. Create Your Own Ideal Content

When the instructional content you need for class just doesn’t cut it, create your own! Learn how to make video clips that engage students and maximize comprehension in a way that is fun, easy, and effective.

In My Element

Stories about teachers finding their way to the chemistry classroom.

Access is an AACT member benefit. Teaching Chemistry: A Calling

Teaching chemistry can be more than a job, it can be a vocation; work that one is called to do. Here's how I answered that call.

Teacher 2 Teacher

@AACTconnect asked:

What's your safety motto? What's your #MyChemSafetyTip?

In conjunction with @ACSChemClubs, we received tons of Safety Tips from you!

Tips from Twitter:

“Goggles are #1. They protect your eyes, not your forehead. Always a good reminder.”

“Accidents are the worst, therefore safety first!”

“Replace lids on chemical containers when done dispensing to prevent spills.”

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Bringing Technology into the Chemistry Classroom

Chemistry Solutions editor Emily Bones explains why more and more, technology is a chemistry teacher's greatest tool.


Gas Laws

The simulation for the November 2015 issue allows students to investigate three of the fundamental gas laws, including Boyle’s Law, Charles’ Law and Gay-Lussac’s Law. Students will have the opportunity to visually examine the effect of changing the associated variables of pressure, volume, or temperature in each situation. Also, students will analyze the gas samples at the particle level as well as manipulate quantitative data in each scenario. Finally students will interpret trends in the data by examining the graph associated with each of the gas laws.

Chemistry Fun

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