The College Board released a new framework for the AP chemistry course that teachers are using this year. The new curriculum emphasizes big ideas, enduring understandings, and science practices.
We are all crazy busy as chemistry teachers. Many of us teach other science courses that take significant preparation time as well. We are working to add content that is useful to YOU. We plan to add activities with links to Next Generation Science Standards, roll out our Facebook page soon, highlight ACS Conant Awardees, and much more.
Celebrating National Chemistry Week 2013—Energy: Now and Forever
The October 2013 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online [http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jceda8/90/10]. This latest issue of JCE plus the content of all past issues, volumes 1 through 90, are available at http://pubs.acs.org/jchemeduc.
I was excited to recently come across a new free app for the iPad entitled goREACT by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.
The ACS Chem Clubs Web site offers an assortment of ideas to spice up your lesson plans near Halloween. There are many recommended demonstrations including using a Jack-O-Lantern with different color flames or smoke coming out of it. There are activities for dressing up like elements and testing candy just to mention a couple.
Future Directions of Chemistry Education Research
The September 2013 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online [http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jceda8/90/9]. This latest issue of JCE plus the content of all past issues, volumes 1 through 90, are available at http://pubs.acs.org/jchemeduc.
Do you or anyone you know advise an ACS Chem Club? I have heard of it over the past few years, but I have been busy and didn’t want to add another thing to my plate. When I found out that there are no requirements of what or how much we have to do as a group, I decided that I could give it a try. I appreciate that ACS provides some great resources. You can find many ideas on the ACS web site.