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Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources | February 5, 2019 Implementing the Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) Framework in the Chemistry Classroom
As science teachers, we routinely ask our students to explain their understanding or provide conclusions from the evidence they had gathered. However, we are consistently reminded that the majority of our students do not make the connections in their explanations or conclusions that we had hoped for. Writing quality scientific explanations is a skill and it is up to teachers to help students develop that skill. Fortunately, there is a framework that is gaining momentum among science teachers, which is designed to help teachers specifically target and develop this skill. Claim, Evidence, Reasoning.
Lab & Safety, Teaching Resources | January 30, 2019 Chemistry Experiments with Familiar, Inexpensive, and Easily Obtained Materials
Conducting experiments with materials that can be obtained at local grocery and retail stores provide a variety of advantages to chemistry teachers. By using commonly found items in experiments and demonstrations, teachers provide students with familiar and natural connections to investigations in chemistry. Such materials are generally convenient to obtain, allowing teachers to acquire supplies only a few days (and in some cases a few hours) prior to conducting lessons. In this presentation, several experiments and demonstrations that illustrate the chemistry of common materials will be explored.
Teaching Resources | January 16, 2019 The Disappearing Spoon With Sam Kean
Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium? How did radium nearly ruin Marie Curie’s reputation? And why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? The Periodic Table is one of our crowning scientific achievements, but it’s also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The Disappearing Spoon delves into every single element on the table and explains each one's role in science, money, mythology, war, the arts, medicine, alchemy, and other areas of human history, from the Big Bang through the end of time. Please join us as we kick off the International Year of the Periodic Table with a special presentation from Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon, Caesar’s Last Breath, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, and The Violinist’s Thumb.
Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources | November 7, 2018 Phenomodeling: Providing Scaffolding for Phenomena-based Modeling
Learn how to provide scaffolding for your students to create models and construct explanations of phenomena using fool-proof strategies. Ideal for any teacher new to using phenomena in the classroom.
Teaching Resources | November 1, 2018 The Faraday Holiday Lecture, Chemical Demonstrations and Alumni Outreach
Keeping in touch with former students, many of whom can be an asset to your program, can always be challenging. Teaching at a magnet school, where the majority of our students are not based in the neighborhood where the school is located, can be even more challenging. Learn how a British tradition that dates to the early 1800’s helped to shape one of the year’s most anticipated events at our school. Learn how we encourage our current study body to interact with alumni through a yearly chemical demonstration event.
Teaching Resources | October 24, 2018 Making “Space” for Astronomy Connections in Chemistry Class
Does the wonder of space engage your students? Would they be surprised to find all of the ways chemistry applies to the study of our solar system and beyond? Join Michael Romano, a fellow chemistry teacher who just completed an Einstein Fellowship at NASA, as he shares numerous ideas for bringing space topics into your chemistry lessons to celebrate "National Chemistry Week 2018: Chemistry is Out of This World."
Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources | October 17, 2018 Using NGSS Practices to Explore Chemistry Concepts: Phenomenon, Modeling, and Arguing from Evidence
Are you looking for phenomenon to engage your students in chemistry? Join Jessica C. Levine and Emilie Mosko, middle school physical science teachers, to see how existing chemistry curriculum can be easily modified towards an NGSS storyline. Presenters will highlight their lesson design of a groovy phenomenon to engage students in chemistry concepts such as density, heat transfer, particle motion, and phases of matter--The Lava Lamp.
Lab & Safety, Teaching Resources | October 9, 2018 A Teacher's Toolbox for Lab Safety
Join Jenny Bishoff to learn how you can use AACT resources to create a safer chemistry lab environment.
Teaching Methods | October 4, 2018 Scaffolding Stoichiometry for Struggling Students
Say goodbye to flowcharts and diagrams that ultimately confuse students or leave them unable to perform molar conversions on their own. Instead, we will use a novel strategy that incorporates fingers and hands that allows them to kinesthetically embody stoichiometry calculations. Even your lowest math students will be successful! Appropriate for any introductory high school chemistry course.
Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | September 25, 2018 Designing Effective Multiple-Choice Items for Chemistry
As teachers begin the school year, planning often involves a focus on assessment. Multiple-choice questions are commonly used on chemistry tests, despite the fact that many teachers have never been trained in how to write them. AP chemistry teachers face the challenge of finding multiple-choice items that are similar in style and format to those that appear on the AP exam. The theme of this webinar is the process of writing items that emphasize conceptual understanding and higher-order cognitive skills. Co-presenters Michael Farabaugh and Linda Cummings have experience as both AP readers and item writers for the AP exam. They will not only discuss techniques for improving the quality of existing questions but also provide suggestions for how to get started when writing your own. Although this webinar will be beneficial for teachers of AP chemistry, it is intended for any teacher who wants to learn more about the construction of multiple-choice items. Participants will have the option to submit two original multiple-choice questions after they register. Some of these questions will be used as examples during the webinar. Come join us for a presentation that promises to be (A) informative (B) valuable (C) relevant (D) all of the above!
Teaching Resources | September 12, 2018 AACT Resources and Website Open House – September 2018
Have you ever wondered about the benefits of being a member of the AACT? Discover how AACT membership can enhance your experience in the chemistry classroom. Join AACT President, Sherri Rukes, Past-President, Jenelle Ball, and President-Elect, Heather Weck, as they guide participants on a virtual tour the AACT website. All resources will be unlocked during the webinar so that attendees can follow along with the presenters and see all of the valuable classroom materials available to AACT members. This webinar will be particularly valuable to teachers who are considering becoming a member of AACT or members who might not be familiar with all of the classroom resources that are available on teachchemistry.org. It’s also a chance for current members to learn about the additions and updates that we’ve made to our website and member benefits.
Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | September 6, 2018 Lessons Learned from the 2018 AP Chemistry Exam
During this webinar, Paul Bonvallet, Chief Reader, will outline the logistics and scoring process for the 2018 AP Chemistry exam and discuss practices for consistent, fair, and accurate grading of the free-response section. The presentation will then review in detail all the free-response questions from the 2018 AP Chemistry Exam and highlight the most common student misconceptions revealed during the scoring of the test papers. The presenter will suggest several teaching strategies to address these common misconceptions in the classroom and in the teaching laboratory. The webinar will include information on the application process for becoming an AP Chemistry Reader.
Teaching Resources | August 23, 2018 Leadership and STEM Learning with the Einstein Fellowship 2018
The Albert Einstein Fellowship brings K-12 STEM educators together from across the country to tap into their experiences to shape and lead the conversation around STEM at a national level. During this webinar, Einstein Fellows and alumni will share the unique experiences they have been granted with fellow educators, discuss what they’ve learned about teacher leadership, and provide some insight into a day in the life of an Einstein Fellow.
Teaching Resources | May 8, 2018 ChemCom: Not Your Typical Chemistry Textbook
Most chemistry books focus on chemistry and on occasion relate it to students’ real lives. ChemCom teaches chemistry through the lens of real life. During this webinar, learn about how ChemCom embraces modeling, NGSS, and hands-on activities to make chemistry relevant and exciting to students. To familiarize yourself with the text before the webinar, visit www.acs.org/chemcom. There, you can also request a review copy. Published in 2012, Chemistry in the Community is still as relevant as ever.
Teaching Resources | May 2, 2018 Science Coaches - 2018
Please join Jackie Meyer, the Science Coaches Associate, as she outlines the benefits for teachers and coaches in the two Science Coaches programs, One-on-One and Teams.
Teaching Methods, Advanced Chemistry | April 24, 2018 AP Chemistry – A Review Plan
When one teaches AP Chemistry to sophomores in one year with no previous chemistry course, and at breakneck speed with no breathing room between August and April, review becomes a crucial part of the process. Ask one of my kids what they know about PES in the first week of April and the answer is usually, "What's PES?". As such, one month of review is a vital component in my course. Join Adrian Dingle for a breakdown of what he does to bring his AP students up to speed in the month before the AP exam.
Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources | April 17, 2018 Modeling Instruction: Pedagogy and Practice
Hear Erica Posthuma-Adams and Ryan Bruick talk about incorporating modeling instruction into the high school chemistry classroom.
Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources | April 11, 2018 Teaching Methods and Resources for Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) 2018
Join AACT and the ACS in celebrating marine chemistry during the upcoming Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) campaign with the theme, “Dive into Marine Chemistry.”
Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources | March 22, 2018 Using POGIL in the Chemistry Classroom: Objectives, Practices, and Outcomes
POGIL activities can be used to engage students in chemistry lessons through the use of student teams, effective models and tiered questioning. In this webinar, the goals and objectives of POGIL activities will be explained and clarified.
Teaching Resources | March 14, 2018 NGSS-Aligned Elementary Classroom Resources from AACT
This webinar highlights five AACT lesson plans for the 5th grade classrooms that align with NGSS. There are 16 performance expectations for 5th grade and the lessons outlines will help your students meet 13 of them. Topics include modeling molecules, plant chemistry, environmental science, water purification, and salting the roads when it snows.
Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | March 7, 2018 Helping Students Show What They Know – An AACT AP Chemistry Webinar
Your students have worked hard all year to master the concepts of AP Chemistry. They have slogged through numerous problems, taken many exams, and completed laboratory work. Yet, many of them have trouble “putting it all together” when AP exam time comes. How can we best help them “show what they know”? This is the theme of this AACT AP Chemistry webinar.
Teaching Resources | February 13, 2018 But I Don’t Teach Chemistry – A Webinar for K-8 Science Teachers
Join us for a hands-on webinar to explore chemistry connections through the Chemical Educational Foundation’s You Be The Chemist programs. Three expert elementary and middle school educators will guide you through interdisciplinary, hands-on activities that demonstrate how chemistry is the foundation for life, earth and space science; history; physics; and music. Find out how you can use chemistry content to enhance learning – even if you are not a chemistry teacher!
Technology | January 30, 2018 Incorporating PhET Simulations into a Unit on Covalent Bonding, Liquids, and Solids
Experienced high school chemistry teacher and former PhET employee Trish Loeblein provides tips for how to incorporate simulations from PhET into topical units for high school chemistry.
Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources | January 23, 2018 Particle-Level Inquiry Chemistry Activities
Learn about particle-level chemistry activities for your chemistry course. All activities were developed and tested as part of the Target Inquiry program. They can be used at all levels of high school chemistry and aligned well with NGSS standards.
Teaching Resources | January 17, 2018 Use Other People’s Money to Enhance Your Classroom
Learn about grant opportunities available to high school chemistry teachers from the American Chemical Society and the process for writing a fundable proposal. Presenter Kenetia Thompson works in the Education Division of the American Chemical Society and oversees the grant programs. She will be joined by past grant recipients who will talk about the process and how they used their funding.
- January 16, 2019 | The Disappearing Spoon With Sam Kean
- January 30, 2019 | Chemistry Experiments with Familiar, Inexpensive, and Easily Obtained Materials
- February 5, 2019 | Implementing the Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) Framework in the Chemistry Classroom