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October 13, 2021 | Teaching Methods, Advanced Chemistry Beyond Bohr: Replacing the Bohr Atomic Model with an Accessible Picture of How Atoms and Light Interact
Many students retain substantial inaccuracies and misconceptions about the nature of atoms, even after completing multiple years of chemistry education. Some of the most resilient misconceptions relating to atomic structure involve electron particles moving on a set path – like planets in an orbit or in orbiting shells. Most of these misconceptions arise from classical analogies and misleading metaphors used in instruction and textbooks, including teaching the Bohr model first and foremost. Instead of the traditional (historical) approach to teaching atomic structure, we follow an alternative approach to teaching introductory students about light-matter interactions at the atomic level that avoids introducing deprecated and inaccurate models, meets all of the traditional learning outcomes (and more), yet does not rely on an overly mathematical approach.
September 22, 2021 | Advanced Chemistry, Teaching Resources Lessons Learned from the 2021 AP Chemistry Exam
Chief Reader Kyle A. Beran will describe the genesis of the 2021 AP Chemistry Exam. The presentation will provide a detailed analysis of 20 questions from this year’s exam, explaining the rationale behind the questions and the policies for scoring them accurately and fairly. Kyle will share common misconceptions and errors from these responses and make suggestions on how they can lead to improvements in teaching and learning AP Chemistry. He will also provide information on how to become an AP Chemistry Reader.
September 15, 2021 | Teaching Resources AACT Resources and Open House 2021
Join AACT President, Greta Glugoski-Sharp, Immediate Past President, Jesse Bernstein, and President-Elect, Matt Perekupka, as they guide participants on a virtual tour through the AACT website. The website (teachchemistry.org) and all resources will be unlocked during the webinar so that attendees can follow along with the presenters and see all of the classroom materials available to AACT members. The website will remain unlocked until 8:00 pm on Wednesday, September 16. Everyone who 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 a membership renewal.
August 26, 2021 | Teaching Methods Fall 2021 Virtual Chemistry Teacher Program
Join us for a virtual chemistry teacher program! Typically held as part of the ACS national meeting, we will be offering this special event virtually. James Bryant Conant Award Winner Shea Wickelson will reflect on her career and offer special insights and wisdom. We’ll then host a brief interview with AACT President Greta Glugoski-Sharp, before spending some networking time in breakout groups and closing the event with a raffle.
July 29, 2021 | Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources Best of ChemEd 2021 | Thursday
Session 3 of 3
Together ChemEd 2023 and 2025 committees are organizing the “Best of ChemEd” symposium with the help of AACT. Engaging sessions each day along with social events will highlight what ChemEd is all about – a community of chemistry teachers sharing ideas, resources and successes.
July 28, 2021 | Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources Best of ChemEd 2021 | Wednesday | George R Hague Jr AP Chemistry Symposium
Session 2 of 3
In the Best of ChemEd session, the focus will be on the results of the 2021 AP Chemistry Exam. The Chief Reader and Chief Reader Designate will present the results of the 2021 AP Chemistry Exam. They will describe current practices in exam development and scoring, with an emphasis on specific content areas and skills that were tested on the free-response section.
July 27, 2021 | Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources Best of ChemEd 2021 | Tuesday
Session 1 of 3
Together ChemEd 2023 and 2025 committees are organizing the “Best of ChemEd” symposium with the help of AACT. Engaging sessions each day along with social events will highlight what ChemEd is all about – a community of chemistry teachers sharing ideas, resources, and successes.
May 13, 2021 | Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources Using Sustainability to Foster Equity in Chemistry
In this time of momentous change and planetwide introspection, teachers look to their curricula to determine how it meets the needs of today’s self-aware students.Curious how sustainability and equity can fit into your standards? Wondering how to talk about big issues within a limited timeframe? There is an opportunity to bridge science and sustainability in new ways to invite your students into conversations around equity, environmental justice, and green chemistry. Scott Carlson, a New York City teacher and Green Chemistry leader, has been doing this in his classroom for years. He brings his students into the conversation using relatable materials in labs, discussing the inequities in science, and inviting collaboration with hands-on green chemistry labs. While transitioning back and forth from virtual to in-person teaching, Scott utilizes COVID examples and critical thinking challenges to promote student collaboration and exploration. Scott will share ready-to-use direct-to-student examples and lesson plans. Listen to him share his solutions to using science to talk about social science, and how chemistry plays a role in communication complex concepts.
May 5, 2021 | Teaching Resources "Why do we have to learn this?” Making real-world chemistry connections with the Science Coaches Program
Do you have those students who always want to know what chemistry could possibly have to do with their lives? Or maybe your students are interested in chemistry but aren’t sure how they could turn that into a career. Perhaps you want to develop inquiry-based labs with real-world applications, or activities to get your elementary students excited about science. Maybe you want to feel more connected to the larger chemistry community. Whatever your interest, the Science Coaches Program has something for you! The Science Coaches Program 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 so they can collaborate on projects throughout the school year. Join us to learn more about how the program can benefit you and your students and how to apply. Presenter: Monica Wixon, Science Coaches Program Specialist, American Chemical Society Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 7:00 pm ET
April 15, 2021 | Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources Spring 2021 Virtual Chemistry Teacher Program
Join us for a virtual chemistry teacher program! Typically held as part of the ACS national meeting, we will be offering this special event virtually for the first time. James Bryant Conant Award Winner Michael A. Morgan will reflect on his career and offer special insights and wisdom. We’ll then host a brief interview with AACT President Jesse Bernstein, before spending some networking time in breakout groups, and closing the event with a raffle.
April 13, 2021 | Teaching Resources How to Use ChemMatters with AACT Resources
As an AACT member, you might already receive a complimentary subscription to ChemMatters as a member benefit. You now also have access to the entire archive of past ChemMatters issues, dating back to 1983. It’s a treasure trove of articles covering the gamut of chemistry-related topics that will interest your students, from asteroid mining and chocolate chemistry to vaping and zinc pennies. In this webinar, we’ll demonstrate how to search the archives for the articles you’re looking for. We’ll also show you how to find and use AACT resources that are specifically based on ChemMatters articles, so you can use them to help your students make important connections between chemistry concepts and the real world.
March 25, 2021 | Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry Big Questions to Help Your Students be Ready for the AP Chemistry Exam
The 2020-21 school year has been like no other. Remote learning? Check. Hybrid learning? Check. Teacher insanity? A definite check! With so many different modalities for instruction, how can we best help our students feel prepared for the 2021 AP Chemistry Exam? Join veteran AP educators Paul Price and Linda Cummings as they present cross-cutting, integrated problems that can help students address if they are ready for the “Big Questions” of AP Chemistry. Regardless of the environment you find yourself in, these questions will help students make connections between topics that can be so difficult as we enter review season. In addition, general questions about the 2021 administration and reading will be answered. We look forward to seeing you on March 25th!
March 11, 2021 | Teaching Methods, Technology Exploring Collaboration
Whether face to face or virtual, facilitating collaboration and encouraging students to engage in discourse can be challenging! In this webinar, we'll explore some tools to help support this work but, more importantly, we'll dive into the aspects of collaboration and how to create space for these factors in your own classroom setting. Come prepared to engage with your colleagues, share your ideas, and develop a plan for implementation.
March 4, 2021 | Teaching Resources, Technology Free Virtual Lessons from ACS Websites middleschoolchemistry.com and inquiryinaction.org
Are you a K-8 science teacher who is teaching virtually or on a hybrid schedule? Explore new, free virtual lessons based on the popular resources "Middle School Chemistry" and "Inquiry in Action" from the American Chemical Society. These lessons are accessible by teachers in editable Google Forms, to be distributed to students who need to conduct the lessons remotely. Lessons include videos of phenomena and investigations, and animations that explain observations on the molecular level. Based on their observations and information from the animations, students answer questions and draw evidence-based conclusions. Inquiry in Action Google forms are intended for late elementary and early middle school students. The Middle School Chemistry Google forms are appropriate for 6th through 8th grade, as well as introductory high school chemistry.
February 23, 2021 | Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources, Technology The Kitchen Chemist - Part 2
Please join Jonte’ Lee, the kitchen chemist, on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 pm ET as he conducts a second set of simple, do-it-yourself at home chemistry experiments. Jonte’ will again demonstrate ways to enhance your distance learning chemistry lessons and how to take a simple experiment and increase its rigor in a grade-appropriate way based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). You will also learn how to make chemistry more engaging and student friendly. Please come with questions and be prepared to participate.
February 17, 2021 | Teaching Resources, Technology Using Collisions to Teach Chemistry Through Game-Based Learning
Collisions is a system of eight digital games, grounded in the rules of chemistry, that can be used to introduce, teach, and review more than 45 key concepts in your chemistry classroom. Collisions makes abstract concepts tangible by allowing students to visualize and manipulate the building blocks of matter, while providing a safe space to make mistakes and learn by introducing content through gameplay.
February 9, 2021 | Teaching Resources Real Life Chemistry
Take a breath? You did chemistry. Make a cheeseburger? Couldn’t have done that without chemistry. Send a text message? Also brought to you by chemistry. You probably realize this, but do your students? ACS has published the first-year high school chemistry textbook Chemistry in the Community since 1988, where students are put in the center of it all. Chemistry hasn’t changed much since 1988, but how we teach students has. Attend this webinar to learn some strategies about incorporating real-life scenarios into your teaching, and get a sneak peek of what’s to come with the evolution of ChemCom.
January 27, 2021 | Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources, Technology Student-Centered Digital Activities Using Google
Learn how to easily create and implement engaging student-centered activities using Google-based applications. Special emphasis will be placed on creating click and drag, modeling, and digital notebook activities.
January 13, 2021 | Teaching Methods Ungrading the Chemistry Classroom
Do rubrics have you trapped in a grading gridlock when a student obviously gets equilibrium but didn’t meet the rubric’s requirement? Are you spending time concerned about grades being equitable when all of your students are so unique? Do you feel like you’re talking more about points than about intermolecular forces? Johanna Brown has been there, on her journey from traditional grading, to standards-based, to currently no grading of student work. She’s ready to have an honest discussion on the grading of chemistry in a non-judgemental way. Ungrading can take many forms depending upon your students, administration, and circumstances, but all teachers can add to their practice by focusing on feedback for the learner. Johanna will discuss how she implemented an ungrading system, ways to keep students and families informed, the pitfalls and successes of ungrading in both classic and AP Chemistry, as well as ideas to implement moments of ungrading for you to weave into your practice.
November 19, 2020 | Teaching Resources Soda Pop Science
Carbonated beverages, or sodas, provide a simple chemical system that can be used to introduce students to a wide variety of chemical concepts including catalysis, chemical kinetics, acid-base chemistry, chemical equilibria, the gas laws, and climate science. In this talk, you will learn about several simple experiments that can be conducted with sodas. For example, you’ll learn how to easily find the pressure inside a carbonated beverage, to produce a rainbow of colors by degassing a soda, and to quantitatively monitor the kinetics of foam production in the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment. Additionally, reports on the results of several small research projects that involve the science of sodas will be discussed. The results from these experiments could potentially provide inspiration for ideas for you and your students to explore.
November 10, 2020 | Teaching Resources, Technology Using Virtual Learning to Foster Creativity in Chemistry
In a time that demands flexible thinking, there is an opportunity to bridge science and art in new ways. Eric Nash is an artist, green chemistry leader, and high school teacher who brings his drawing into the classroom through creating coloring books, DIY paper models, and hands-on green chemistry labs. While transitioning to 100% virtual teaching, Eric utilizes COVID examples and critical thinking challenges to promote student collaboration and exploration. Eric will share ready-to-use direct-to-student videos, lesson plans, and print out models for online learning. Listen to him share his solutions to teaching chemistry virtually, and how art plays a role in communication complex concepts.
November 4, 2020 | Teaching Resources, Technology Teaching Difficult to Explain Chemistry Concepts Using Sunflower for Science Simulations and Animations
The Sunflower for Science collection of animations and simulations is a great way for teachers to explain difficult concepts in chemistry. In this session we will explore some of the more popular animations and simulations on the Sunflower for Science website, such as chemical bonding, and how to effectively use them for in-person and virtual learning. We will also explore some of the built-in learning activities designed for students to investigate on their own using probing questions.
October 28, 2020 | Teaching Resources, Technology Lesson Building for a Virtual World
This session shares pedagogy and instructional models for teaching science in virtual and blended learning environments. It demonstrates lesson building strategies that encourage students to engage, explain, and explore through live, virtual, and at home activities. It also identifies ways to use live and recorded instruction, and creative ways to evaluate student learning in a blended environment. At the end of the session, the presenter will lead participants through a chemistry lesson example that uses a combination of these models and strategies.
October 15, 2020 | Lab & Safety, Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources, Technology The Kitchen Chemist
Please join Jonte’ Lee, the kitchen chemist, on Thursday, October 15th at 7:00 pm ET as he conducts simple, do-it-yourself at home chemistry experiments. Jonte’ will demonstrate how to enhance your distance learning chemistry lessons and how to take any simple experiment and increase its rigor (that is grade appropriate) based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). You will also learn how to make chemistry more engaging and student friendly. Please come with questions!
October 6, 2020 | Lab & Safety, Teaching Resources, Technology Using ChemCollective and the Online Learning Initiative to Simulate Laboratory Experiments
During this webinar, Jeanette Stewart will present an introduction to the ChemCollective - Online Learning Initiative Collaboration. Participants will learn how to set up free teacher accounts as well as explore how to navigate the platform from both the teacher and student perspective. Instructions for setting up an account will be provided ahead of time so those in attendance can log on and work with the program as Jeanette speaks.
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