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  • February 01, 2023 | Teaching Methods Assessment: Small Changes, Big Improvements

    Assessments are a part of our daily routine, yet our experience writing and reflecting on assessment varies. From lab to practice to quizzes to tests, Katy will share shifts she made to reveal student learning, reflection, and reasoning - and are still manageable to grade! Learn how her students take more ownership of their assessments and she has greater freedom to ask deeper questions.

  • January 26, 2023 | Teaching Methods Putting Both Learning AND Fun in High School Chemistry: Metacognition is the Key!

    Most students come to chemistry classes expecting to memorize their way through the material; some even doubt their ability to excel. However, there is a way to get students to focus on deep learning and to motivate them to actively engage in the course. This webinar, presented by Dr. Saundra McGuire and Lorenzo Foster, will present concrete strategies that transform students’ attitudes from lackadaisical to passionate by teaching them metacognitive learning strategies and providing fun activities to engage them in critical thinking.

  • January 17, 2023 | Teaching Methods Using Intentional Lesson Design to Navigate Student Misconceptions

    In this webinar, Nora Walsh will share ideas teachers can use to design lessons so that students have early opportunities to explore content in ways that prevent common misconceptions and errors from taking root.

  • January 12, 2023 | Teaching Methods, Technology Integrated Kinetics Using Technology

    Chris Coker, a chemistry and physics teacher at Camden Fairview High School, instructs teachers on using a TI Inspire Emulator to be able to directly involve students in the analysis of the kinetics of the integrated rate law.

  • December 08, 2022 | Teaching Methods Finding Joy in Teaching Chemistry

    Carrie Alexander is an experienced chemistry teacher who focuses on increasing student safety and motivation in her classroom. She will share some of her tips and tricks for making your day as a teacher better!

  • November 16, 2022 | Teaching Methods Methods to Incorporate Deeper Thinking in All Levels of Chemistry

    Amanda Horan will share a general overview of various ways that she provides opportunities for her students to think deeply about chemistry in both first-year and AP Chemistry, including POGIL-like activities, whiteboard problem-solving, and inquiry lab activities designed to lead to post-lab discussions.

  • November 08, 2022 | Teaching Resources, Teaching Methods Self-E's - Chemistry, Photography, and the [Digital] Communication of Science-based Identities

    Join Michael Noceda as he outlines a lesson to teach students how to recognize themselves as scientists using chemistry, photography, and exploring science-based identities.

  • October 27, 2022 AACT Office Hours: Labs in the AP and General Chemistry Classroom

    Join Heather Weck and Sherri Rukes, current chemistry teachers and past AACT board members, for a Q&A webinar. After sharing some brief tips about hosting successful labs in the chemistry classroom, they will answer your questions related to designing and carrying out labs, as well as any other teaching questions you have. Note that this webinar is designed to be a liminal space for teachers to receive support, so the webinar will not be recorded or posted after the event. Select answers may be shared on the AACT website in the format of a news article.

  • October 12, 2022 | Teaching Resources Molympics: Celebrating 10 years of competition

    Molympics is a free event designed by several devoted high school Chemistry teachers who have developed laboratory activities involving the skills of estimation, measurement, dimensional analysis, problem-solving, and fun! Join Doug Ragan to learn how to host a successful mole day for your students.

  • September 29, 2022 | Teaching Methods Lessons Learned from the 2022 AP Chemistry Exam

    Join the AP Chemistry Instructional Director, Jamie Benigna, for a detailed analysis of questions from this year’s exam, explaining the rationale behind the questions and the policies for scoring them accurately and fairly. Jamie 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.

  • September 20, 2022 | Teaching Resources AACT Resources and Open House – 2022

    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, Matt Perekupka, Immediate Past President, Greta Glugoski-Sharp, and President-Elect, Michael Farabaugh, 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 21, 2022.

  • September 15, 2022 | Teaching Resources STEAM: Using Paint to Teach Stoichiometry and Solutions

    Key components of a unit design that uses paint as a framework to learn stoichiometry and solutions will be shared. The unit uses three main checkpoints to weave the paint theme throughout before culminating in a lab experience where students make their own paint to use in a class mural. Attendees of this session will be introduced to the flow of this unit, as well as the format of each checkpoint activity and the final lab component.

  • August 31, 2022 | Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources, Technology Incorporating the En-ROADS Climate Simulator into your Teaching Practice

    Modeling is a powerful tool for teaching complex systems. Learn about the MIT En-ROADS climate simulator and how to incorporate it into your science classes.

  • May 19, 2022 | Teaching Resources All About the ChemClub Program

    Participating in the ChemClub program is one of the newest benefits of AACT membership. This program supports teachers who sponsor extracurricular chemistry clubs in their school. Through involvement in ChemClub students have a unique opportunity to experience chemistry beyond the classroom. Traditionally, hundreds of high school clubs across the United States and abroad have participated in the ChemClub program each year. But we’re excited to share that we are piloting the expansion of ChemClub to middle schools for the 2022-2023 school year. ChemClub provides students with the opportunity to participate in after-school activities, get involved in community building, learn about chemistry careers, enjoy social events, and better understand how chemistry plays a role in our everyday lives. Join us to learn about how this program can benefit both teachers and students!

  • May 04, 2022 | Teaching Resources Science Coaches Program 2022–2023

    Do you want to make connections with chemists in your community? Bring real-world chemistry to your classroom? Help students see how they can turn their interest in chemistry into a fulfilling career? The Science Coaches Program can help you do all these things - and more! 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, or high schools so they can collaborate on projects throughout the school year and provides teachers with a Flinn Scientific gift certificate to help fund their projects. Join us in this webinar to learn more about the program benefits and requirements, and how to get involved!

  • April 21, 2022 | Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources How to Use ChemMatters in the Classroom

    So, you have your ChemMatters subscription—now, how do you use it? By weaving chemistry concepts into real-world stories, the magazine provides students with critical a-ha moments that connect concepts to applications. Join middle school teacher Laura Celik and high school chemistry teacher Scott Hawkins during this webinar to learn tools and tricks for using articles with your students. Editor Christine Suh will also be on hand to point out additional online resources that will help you take full advantage of your subscription.

  • April 06, 2022 | Teaching Methods Using Storytelling to Advance Equity in Chemistry

    Come hear about a strategy for highlighting the work of underrepresented chemists by telling the human stories behind molecules and compounds. Learn how to weave storytelling into your teaching to engage your students, enrich your lesson plans, and celebrate the achievements of all.

  • March 16, 2022 | Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources Where to Start: Integrating Sustainability Into Chemistry

    From ocean plastic to forest fires, our world need invention, innovation and creativity within chemistry education. Green chemistry, also known as the science of solutions, offers a framework for decreasing hazards within classrooms while promoting sustainability for both human health and the environment. Unpack 2 lesson plans where sustainable science integrates into traditional lesson and labs. Whether you are new to thinking about sustainability in the classroom, or have already implemented green chemistry lesson plans, we want you to join us. Join this discussion forum, including a Q and A with 12 teachers all exploring how green chemistry can fit into their classrooms. Together, we will create a community of Green Chemistry educators.

  • March 02, 2022 | Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources Bringing Climate Change to Your Chemistry Classroom

    Students want to know more about climate change! Learn how to incorporate climate topics into your existing science courses, or create a new climate science elective at your own school. Topics will include heat transfer, the atmosphere, the ocean (including salinity and acidification), the carbon cycle, radiation balance, radiative forcing and feedbacks, historical climate proxies, thermal expansion, and energy resources.

  • February 24, 2022 | Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources AACT Office Hours

    Are you new to the K–12 chemistry classroom? Are you looking for suggestions from other teachers about resources, content, or something else? Join us for Office Hours, a virtual meetup for teachers of chemistry. Led by experienced teachers via Zoom, the event will be an opportunity for open conversation with a small group of fellow teachers to discuss strategies and trade tips about classroom resources, teaching methods, and more. To support free-flowing conversations, registration for this event will be limited.

  • February 09, 2022 | Technology LabXchange: Free Personalized Learning for the Chemistry Classroom

    LabXchange is a groundbreaking online platform for science education that supports personalized learning and differentiation. In this webinar, Massachusetts chemistry and biology teachers Mary Liu, Debora O’Reilly, and David Welty will show how they combine resources from the extensive LabXchange content library with their own materials to create customized learning pathways for their students. Created at Harvard University with support from the Amgen Foundation, LabXchange makes high-quality science education accessible, connects learning to careers, and gives everyone, everywhere, the opportunity to chart a path in science—for free.

  • November 04, 2021 | Teaching Methods Becoming a JEDI Master: Perspectives from Teacher Leaders on How to foster Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

    The Einstein Fellowship brings K-12 STEM educators together to serve in Federal agencies or in U.S. Congressional offices to shape the conversation around STEM at a national level. During this webinar, Jill Latchana will lead a discussion where Einstein Fellows and alumni will share their methods of fostering justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the classroom.

  • October 27, 2021 | Teaching Methods Empowering Youth through Culturally Sustaining Science Curriculum

    In this presentation two scientist-educator-researchers investigate the development and implementation of a culturally sustaining science curriculum. High school students participated in an independent project focused on chemistry and social justice. These activities were aligned with the culturally sustaining framework in the following five ways: content centered in the Next Generation Science Standards 3D framework, centering and following students’ interests, challenging the status quo by focusing on students as experts, sustaining student agency through artifacts and products that students chose and iteratively developed, and multi-modal assessments.

  • 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.

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