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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.
September 30, 2020 | Lab & Safety, Teaching Resources, Technology Building Virtual Labs and Activities with Formative
Formative is a robust digital tool for creating activities for your in-person, hybrid, or remote classroom. With just a few clicks, you can turn traditional paper and pencil activities into digital tasks where you can see students working in real time and offer corrective feedback on the spot, a great feature for when students are learning at home. With easy-to-use grading tools too, you won’t be toting around piles of paper and can streamline your grading process. Formative offers a free and premium subscription service and allows teachers to easily share what they create. Join this webinar to learn more about it.
September 22, 2020 | Teaching Resources American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) Resources and Open House – 2020
Join AACT President, Jesse Bernstein, Immediate Past President, Heather Weck, and President-Elect, Greta Glugoski-Sharp, as they guide participants on a virtual tour through the AACT website. The website (https://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 valuable classroom materials available to AACT members. Additionally, the website will remain unlocked until 8:00 pm on Wednesday, September 23rd. 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 for a renewal of a current membership.
September 17, 2020 | Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry Lessons Learned from the 2020 AP Chemistry Exam
Chief Reader Paul Bonvallet will describe the genesis of the 2020 AP Chemistry Exam under the highly unusual circumstances of this past spring. 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. Paul 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 10, 2020 | Lab & Safety, Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources, Technology NGSS…What Materials Are Out There To Help?
For this session, we will be focusing on multiple tools that are available on the internet to help teach NGSS. We will be looking at places to find simulations, virtual labs and NGSS materials. There will be a variety of materials that we will go over, so you can develop a Chemistry course that fits your class needs including teaching Chemistry online.
August 25, 2020 | Lab & Safety, Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources, Technology Filling the Void: Options for Authentic Investigations in an Online or Hybrid Learning Environment
With the start of a new school year unlike any other, chemistry teachers will at some point need to decide the role of laboratory investigation within their new learning environment. Whether it’s hybrid or distance learning, our students still deserve opportunities to engage in the science practices that are at the core of quality science instruction. In this webinar, we will be focusing on two available options that have arguably the greatest potential for offering a legitimate approach toward authentic investigations in a digital environment—Pivot Interactives and ADI Online. Understanding what each platform has to offer in relation to your own needs will help your decision-making process and hopefully provide a sense of certainty within these uncertain times.
August 6, 2020 | Teaching Resources Classroom Resources for K-12 Teachers of Chemistry from the American Chemical Society
The Education Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) offers many resources and programs to help elementary science teachers, middle school physical science teachers, and high school chemistry teachers enhance their lessons. Join us and learn about the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT), our Chemistry in the Community textbook, ChemClubs, two K-8 websites, Inquiry in Action, and Middle School Chemistry, ChemMatters magazine, the Science Coaches program and Hach Grants.
August 4, 2020 | Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources Virtual Summer Symposium: Inventing Green through Education
From ocean plastics to global warming, today’s sustainability challenges require innovative, sustainable solutions. There is a demand for changing how we make our products, and we must foster the next generation to create while thinking of degradation, see the solutions within nature, and not be afraid to fail when trying new ideas. In this session, hear from students and educators on why it’s important to create a sustainable future and tackle the world’s biggest societal challenges through chemical science and invention.
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