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.
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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
This month I spoke with Brian Brethauer who teaches chemistry and coaches Science Olympiad among other science activities on the west side if Michigan. Here are his responses to the 4 questions.
Q1: How do you define inquiry? What does inquiry look like to you?
It's interesting to me how a word can define a class. The longer I teach, the more excited and quickly I can cover a concept. However, this pace does not necessarily fit well with my students, so we have a code word: Traxoline (thanks to Judy Lanier).
This week I talked with Alice Putti who teaches Chemistry and AP Chem in West Michigan. Below are her answers to our inquiry questions:
Q1: How do you define inquiry? or What does inquiry look like to you?