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Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources | January 23, 2020 Boosting IB Chemistry Scores
This webinar will look at teaching methods that Scott Milam uses to get students to score higher on their IB Chemistry exams. He will go through the structure of his class, how he approaches the internal assessment, and some of the cognitive science strategies that he uses to help boost his student’s scores.
Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | March 4, 2020 Helping Students Show What They Know – An AP Chemistry Review 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. In this presentation, we will examine responses to several mock questions actual students have answered in the past several months. Answers to these questions will be enlightening as they will allow us to glean insights on how our students attack both conceptual and quantitative questions. Specifically, we hope also to see misconceptions that students often carry with them even after excellent instruction as well as both strong and weak versions of correct responses. By identifying “red flags” now, AP teachers will still have time in their reviews to remove misconceptions and promote clear presentation from their students when May finally arrives. Time will also be allotted to get suggestions on how to review those particularly thorny concepts for both teachers and students. Please join us for this presentation and discussion!
Teaching Resources | February 26, 2020 Student Opportunities from the American Chemical Society (ACS)
Learn about opportunities for the students in your classroom, including Chemistry Olympiad, Project SEED, and other programs from the American Chemical Society. The presenters will offer information on eligibility, getting started, and more.
Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources | February 19, 2020 Teaching Chemistry in a Textbookless Classroom
In this webinar, the focus will be on how to gather resources, share those resources with students, and help students to see the flow of a course in a textbookless classroom. Different methods will be highlighted, including the use of LMS platforms, free online textbooks, and videos and simulations. In addition, techniques using principles of interactive notebooking will be presented.
Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources | February 12, 2020 Teaching Methods and Resources to Help Assess Student Learning
This webinar will highlight two strategies for formatively assessing students. The first is an exit ticket based on research that indicates students learn more by drawing an image than reading words. The second focuses on note-taking thinking routines devised by Ron Ritchhart, Harvard's Project Zero Principal Investigator. Both are guaranteed to increase understanding of your students and allow them to demonstrate their level of understanding.
Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources | February 6, 2020 Adjusting to Adjunct: Lessons Learned from Teaching High School Chemistry and College Chemistry as Adjunct Faculty
This past year, Ryan took an opportunity to work as adjunct chemistry faculty at a local college, while still teaching high school chemistry and AP Chemistry. While he knew to expect some differences between the two, he was surprised by what was different, and what was the same! He will be discussing how his experience has made him look at his teaching practices under a different lens, and how it has helped him develop his pedagogical approach to chemistry content.
Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources | January 15, 2020 Using the Engineering Design Process for Student Success in Chemistry
This webinar will focus on how to leverage the engineering design process, not only to meet the expectations of the NGSS, but also to increase student engagement and success in diverse classrooms. We will explore literature-based examples of engineering design projects that can be used to identify and remediate issues that interest students. Participants will walk away with resources to use in their own classrooms and, hopefully, a new view on using the engineering design process for all students in the chemistry classroom.
Lab & Safety, Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | December 4, 2019 College-level Labs That Can be Done in 50 Minutes or Less
Do you need college-level labs that don’t take 2-3 hours? In this webinar, Linda Cummings will describe five meaningful labs that take less than 50 minutes each. These labs will cover the topics of kinetics, hydrolysis, entropy, Ka and Ksp and are appropriate for AP/IB classes and general chemistry classes at a college or university.
Teaching Resources | November 13, 2019 Facilitating Productive Discussions About Chemistry in the Classroom
When teachers engage in classroom discourse, student ideas flow quickly. Students share a wide variety of conceptions about chemistry, and teachers need to make quick, in the moment decisions to respond. What should teachers do next in order to make productive use of what students share in order to move their students understanding of chemistry forward? By completing this webinar, participants will enhance their ability to employ these eliciting and advancing teacher moves in a purposeful fashion to strengthen their students understanding of chemistry in their own classrooms.
Lab & Safety, Teaching Resources | November 6, 2019 Using NGSS Practices to Explore Chemistry Concepts: Arguing from Evidence
In their first webinar, Jessica C Levine and Emilie Mosko shared how existing chemistry curriculum can be easily modified towards an NGSS storyline with a groovy phenomenon—the lava lamp. In this webinar, Jessica and Sara Hoofnagle will continue to explore NGSS practices, specifically arguing from evidence.
Lab & Safety, Teaching Resources | October 16, 2019 Doc Saves Everyone – A Framework for Equilibrium
Equilibrium problems can be straightforward but can quickly escalate in difficulty when applied to solubility and acid-base problems. After working with students to improve the process I have developed a framework I call “DSE”, or the Doc Saves Everyone method. The approach not only addresses the algorithmic skills needed but, more importantly, also helps develop a stronger conceptual understanding. The approach is not necessarily the fastest way to solve the problem, but it does provide a valuable methodology for thinking through complicated chemical systems.
Lab & Safety, Teaching Resources | October 9, 2019 Modeling Energy in Chemistry
Establishing a common, correct conception of the particle-nature of matter and energy is key to the effective learning of chemistry. This webinar will introduce a curriculum (developed by AACT members) as well as instructional practices to help students develop a particle-level model of energy. Students will build arguments around how energy is transferred between matter via conduction and how changes in energy impact matter. Students will use their models to explain phase changes at the macroscopic level, symbolically through bar graphs and at the particle-level. Lastly, we'll explore how this early foundation lead into quantifying energy, developing the concept of chemical energy and connecting to energy ideas in other science courses.
Lab & Safety, Teaching Resources | September 25, 2019 Activities and Demonstrations Aligned with the 2019 National Chemistry Week Theme, “Marvelous Metals!”
Because about 80% of the elements on the periodic table are metals, we should not be surprised that metals are involved in a lot of interesting chemistry! Exploring the properties of metals allows for facile connections to a variety of chemical topics including density, oxidation-reduction reactions, conductivity, and phase changes. In this seminar you will learn how to use familiar, inexpensive, and easy-to-obtain items to explore the physical and chemical properties of metals.
Teaching Resources | September 18, 2019 Leadership and STEM Learning with the Einstein Fellowship 2020
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator 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 their 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. The application is open from August 12, 2019 through 8:00 pm ET, November 14, 2019
Teaching Resources | September 12, 2019 American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) Resources and Open House – 2019
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, Heather Weck, Past-President, Sherri Rukes, and President-Elect, Jesse Bernstein, 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 is also a chance for current members to learn about the additions and updates that we have made to our website and member benefits. Everyone that attends the webinar and takes the post webinar survey will be entered into a raffle for a free one-year membership. This prize can be used for a new membership or for a renewal of a current membership.
Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | September 5, 2019 Lessons Learned from the 2019 AP Chemistry Exam
During this webinar, Paul Bonvallet, Chief Reader, will outline the logistics and scoring process for the 2019 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 2019 AP Chemistry Exam and highlight the most common student misconceptions revealed during the scoring of the test papers.
Lab & Safety | July 23, 2019 AACT and Middle School Chemistry at ChemEd 2019
Please join us live from North Central College in Naperville, IL on Tuesday, July 23rd, from 8:00 am – 2:20 pm. We'll livestream four chemistry workshops with hands-on activities from the ACS's middleschoolchemistry.com and from AACT. These workshops are great for middle school chemistry teachers.
Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | July 9, 2019 Highlighting AACT Web Resources for Introductory/General Chemistry
Join the experts from the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) on July 9 from 3:00-4:00 PM ET for a webinar to learn about the many AACT resources that can be used in a postsecondary introductory chemistry setting. You’ll learn about AACT web resources for general chemistry instructors, and will then be invited to an ‘AACT Web Open House’ where you can peruse and access resources from the entire AACT website at no cost for 24 hours. Not able to join the webinar? Don’t worry—it will be recorded and available to view following the live recording.
Teaching Resources | May 9, 2019 Science Coaches 2019
Learn more about the benefits for teachers and coaches in the Science Coaches program. Science Coaches is a joint ACS and AACT educational outreach initiative dedicated to enhancing science skills in students across the United States. The program partners coaches (volunteer chemists) with AACT teacher members in elementary, middle, and high schools. Teachers accepted into the program will have the opportunity to form a valuable relationship with a coach. Come learn about how the program can benefit you.
Teaching Resources | April 9, 2019 Advancing Science Literacy with Lesson Plans that Are Aligned with CCSS and NGSS
Are you asked to incorporate reading and writing into your lessons to support literacy in language arts? We have the right strategies for you!
Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | April 2, 2019 Teaching Like an AP Reader
Have you ever wondered if an AP Reader collects "insider" tips while grading the AP Chemistry Exams? In this webinar, an experienced AP Reader and Table Leader shares tips that she has gathered during years of participation in the annual AP Reading. After scoring thousands of exams, some patterns emerge that help us realize student misconceptions when we least expect them. Dusty Carroll highlights several places throughout the AP Chemistry curriculum where simple changes in teaching focus can help to increase student understanding, leading to higher AP Exam scores.
Teaching Resources | March 28, 2019 Going Organic in High School
Most high school chemistry textbooks have a chapter on organic chemistry tucked away at the end of the book, but this is generally not covered in a first year course. This leads students to believe that organic chemistry is a mysterious realm where the known rules of chemistry don't apply. Suggestions for incorporating more organic chemistry into regular chemistry classes to illustrate concepts will be provided.
Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | March 7, 2019 The Mole of Reaction: Why is it Important and Useful
As we gear up for the 2019 AP Chemistry examination, let us put to rest the confusion and controversy that surrounds the “mole of reaction”. Virtually ignored in many textbooks, the mole of reaction is both a fundamental idea and a useful pedagogical tool. This presentation will examine the rationale behind the mole of reaction, its history on the AP exam, and discuss strategies on how to incorporate this critical concept into your classroom throughout your AP course. The first hour of the webinar will focus on the mole of reaction topic and will be followed by a 30 minute of Q&A focusing on reviewing for the AP Chemistry Exam.
Lab & Safety, Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources | February 27, 2019 Why (not) Inquiry Labs? It's easy!
How do you make a rainbow cylinder? What ratio of hydrogen:oxygen is most explosive? How do we unmix it? What part of the flame is the hottest? These are the questions that drive inquiry-based labs. The standard for labs in many classrooms is still the packet with pre-lab introduction reading, some basic pre-lab questions, a prescribed procedure, pre-formatted data table, banal conclusions questions and probably some exam practice questions to finish it all up. Student thinking, writing, and learning is minimal. If your school or state mandates a minimum number of hands-on lab minutes, these meet the requirement and have little other benefit. Students truly enjoy these cookbook labs about as much as teachers enjoy grading them. So why keep doing labs this way? With a few changes in mindset, both teachers and students can turn almost any cookbook lab into an inquiry learning lab that is rich in writing and thinking. This webinar will provide examples of old cookbook labs, from easy to difficult, that are successfully converted to inquiry labs. An example lab report template based on Google Slides will be shared and some advice on useful grouping strategies will help teachers transition their lab assignments to something closer to inquiry learning that aligns with NGSS and State standards derived from the same.
Teaching Methods, Advanced Chemistry | February 21, 2019 Building a Bridge to AP: How to Boost Your Honors/Chemistry 1 Course to Support Your Goals
A strong honors/chemistry 1 curriculum can be one of the most powerful tools in boosting AP scores. This webinar will focus on ways in which reverse designing the curriculum in honors/Chemistry 1 can emphasize content and lab skills to save time during the crunch of an AP Class. In addition, tips for boosting enrollment and rapport in AP by establishing enthusiasm and expectations will also be discussed.
- January 23, 2020 | Boosting IB Chemistry Scores
- February 6, 2020 | Adjusting to Adjunct: Lessons Learned from Teaching High School Chemistry and College Chemistry as Adjunct Faculty
- February 12, 2020 | Teaching Methods and Resources to Help Assess Student Learning
- February 19, 2020 | Teaching Chemistry in a Textbookless Classroom
- February 26, 2020 | Student Opportunities from the American Chemical Society (ACS)
- March 4, 2020 | Helping Students Show What They Know – An AP Chemistry Review Webinar