September 2014

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Tech Tips

ChemMatters: A Wealth of Information

This article describes ChemMatters and highlights several ways to incorporate the magazine into a high school chemistry curriculum. It also features the Teacher's Guide that accompanies the award-winning magazine by ACS.

Classroom Commentary

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

Classroom Commentary

Teaching Science in Elementary School Cs elementary cover

Elementary school teachers face challenges because of resources and testing requirements. This article features Patti Burns who teaches in a struggling city school, Lauren Schultz who teaches in an affluent school, and Allison Granish-Lee who teaches in a small school.


Classroom Commentary

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How do you plan to teach a new course or a course new to you? A teacher with 40+ years of experience provides some advice to map out the year, taking into account roadblocks you may experience along the way.

Nuts & Bolts

Functional tips you can implement in your classroom.

Nuts & Bolts

Standards Based Grading in the Middle School Chemistry Classroom Standardsgrading gradebook cover

The purpose of grading is to give feedback about learning, but the traditional point-based system fails to do so. Standards-based grading is an alternative grading system that focuses on student understanding rather than a letter grade.


Nuts & Bolts

Formative Assessment—A Powerful, Quick Tool in the Classroom Formative assessment

Formative assessment methods can be a quick, topic-specific tool that teachers can use to discover students readiness for a topic. Formative assessment up-front can make a unit run smoother. These assessments do not have to be difficult to implement, and you will be glad you did it in the long run.

Tech Tips

How to incorporate technology into your chemistry classroom.

Tech Tips

ChemEd X: Online Chemistry Teacher Community Chemedx logo list img

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

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Editorial

Editorial

Welcome, Charter Members! Editorial goodies

Well, it’s finally here. Something chemistry teachers have been anticipating for years. Welcome, charter members, to the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT)! This is the inagural editorial of Chemistry Solution and addresses the goals of AACT, including safety, building community, and embracing all teachers of chemistry.


Editorial

A History of Chemistry Education and ACS’s Role To Support It Acs logo large

ACS Board of Directors Member George Bodner traces the history of chemical education leading up to the formation of AACT, emphasizing that ACS has supported chemistry education since the 1870s.

Simulation

Simulation

Balancing Chemical Equations Sim balancing chemical reactions

The simulation for the September 2014 issue comes from PhET and helps students practice balancing chemical equations. AACT helped fund the conversion of this popular simulation into a format that is compatible with all devices, including iPads. PhET provides teacher’s guides for many of their simulations, and teacher-generated activities that can accompany the simulations.

Chemistry Fun

Chemistry Fun

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Decode these puzzles and win a prize.

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We asked on Twitter:

What favorite chemistry activity do you do with students on the 1st day of school?
@AACTconnect

You answered:

Ziplocs w NaHCO3 and CaCl2 + phenol red solution—what combo causes what result? Hands on and think like a scientist—sets tone for year.
@msdchemistry

Separation of sugar, sand, and pepper mixture. Give no instructions other than "separate." Very open ended/inquiry.
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