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Photoelectron Spectroscopy PES

Wed, 08/14/2013 - 09:08 -- Deanna Cullen

Photoelectron Spectroscopy or PES is a topic included in the redesigned AP Chemistry curriculum. I have heard quite a bit of discussion surrounding this addition.  It has caused panic in some teachers because they never learned it themselves, have never taught it before and/or they have no materials to teach the topic.  I have been spending some time searching for a lesson plan for my own class

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CHEMED 2013 in Waterloo

Thu, 07/25/2013 - 14:56 -- Deanna Cullen
CHEMED 2013

Greg Rushton and I attended and presented at CHEMED in Waterloo July 28th through August 1st.  We enjoyed the ice cream and frozen snacks at the JCE sponsored Ice Cream Social Monday evening.  We presented JCE resources for AP Chemistry on Tuesday and JCE resources for General Chemistry on Wednesday.  The resources and links from those meetings are linked here.

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Inquiry For AP Chemistry

Tue, 07/16/2013 - 19:29 -- Deanna Cullen
Vegas 2013 AP

I attended and presented at the National AP Conference in Las Vegas on July 18th and 19th! Adding Inquiry to the course is one of the major changes to how we will teach AP Chemistry.  I shared some resources and gave tips during my presentation. I am sharing those resource in this post.  I am also sharing items that I found especially helpful from presentations that I attended and conversations I had with other teachers. 

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NGSS

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 09:35 -- Deanna Cullen
Next Generation Science Standards

If you haven't seen them yet, check out the final release of the Next Generation Science Standards. There is helpful information at the site.  My home state of Michigan is currently asking for public input in order to plan support for implementing NGSS.

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Publishing Your Work

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 18:46 -- Deanna Cullen

Whether it is a completely unique idea or just a twist on an old classic, engage in collaboration with other chemistry teachers around the world and publish your work. There are many venues and the pool of precollege chemistry instructors that are already contributing is relatively small.

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NSTA Activities

Sun, 04/14/2013 - 20:14 -- Deanna Cullen
Avogadro @ NSTA 2013

At NSTA (in beautiful San Antonio, Texas), this past week, I shared activities designed to explore three levels of representation AND provide formative assessment techniques to reveal student misconceptions. All of the activities shared have been featured in the Journal of Chemical Education or have been linked to research articles in JCE as supporting information.

 

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