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My husband and I are both chemists, but in very different capacities. My focus is teaching while he is a lab supervisor. As such, we have very different discussions when we meet with colleagues. Usually. A few weeks ago we attended a meeting together and I felt right at home. The discussion topic was lab audits. This is when fellow chemists enter a different lab and make sure that everyon
Shelly Belleau is a chemistry and physics teacher from the Denver metro area. This school year she is working as a teacher on special assignment at the University of Coloroado, Boulder. Shelly anaitcipates returning to the high school classroom next fall. Below is our coversation about inquiry.
1. How do you define inquiry? or What does inquiry look like to you?
Last full day of BCCE and what a day it was! Started the day with an amazing plenary speaker, Holly Walter Kerby and her work with Fusion Science Theater. She talked about the aspects of a good play and how to use that same idea when doing a demonstration. This engages the learner, helps them focus on the concepts behind the demo, and gives them an active role in the experience.
Another fabulous day surrounded by chemistry teachers from high schools, 2 year colleges, and universities from all around North America! This morning I attended a workshop which presented 4 Target Inquiry (TI) activities. Though I am a TI graduate, there are many activities I have never seen before.
Happy BCCE week to y'all! I am enjoying being back at my alma mater, Grand Valley State University. This morning I attended a symposium focusing on what it means to be a professional and how to continue to grow throughout your career. The strand running through each presentation was time and collaboration.
Have you heard, the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education is almost here! I am looking forward to meeting with colleagues from all over! If you haven't registered yet, there is still time. Lots going on the first week of August on the campus of Grand Valley State University (my alma mater!).
Here is something to ponder as you think about your lab experiences this year: I have been using an excellent inquiry lab for the past few years. I think it does a fabulous job guiding the students through the amazing (yet often dull to students) world of specific heat equations and learning about calorimetry. However, this semester, I returned to the old, traditional calorimetry lab. I wan