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JCE ChemEd Xchange provides a place for sharing information and opinions. Currently, articles, blogs and reading lists from ChemEd X contributors are listed below. We plan to include other items that the community wishes to share through their contributions to ChemEd X.

Mary Saecker's picture

JCE 92.05—May 2015 Issue Highlights

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 14:40 -- Mary Saecker
Journal of Chemical Education May 2015 Cover

Teaching the Relevance of Chemistry

The May 2015 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers at http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jceda8/92/5. This issue includes articles on drugs & pharmaceuticals; health; food; plants; exploring viscosity; new approaches to teaching organic chemistry; computer-assisted learning; scents & flavors.

Doug Ragan's picture

Building Molar Mass

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 21:27 -- Doug Ragan
Building Molar Mass, molar mass calculations, mole calculations

An advantage to teaching on the trimester schedule allows me the opportunity to teach the same course again roughly twelve weeks later. So after grading my 2nd trimester students’ Chemistry B final exams, I was able to evaluate certain topics that caused my students problems, reflect on my teaching, and then determine how I was going to better prepare my students in the 3rd trimester chemistry B class.

Time required: 

1 class period

Shelly Belleau's picture

Teacher as Researcher

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 09:55 -- Shelly Belleau
Teacher Researcher

n teaching we regularly change our class structures and routines and we implement new “interventions” in hopes of changing classroom dynamics or reaching more students.  I know that most of the time I make these decisions based upon anecdotal evidence, perhaps after glancing at a handful of exit tickets from my students or based upon how I “felt” the class went.  Recently, though, I’m finding myself a little more hesitant when making a claim about my class.  I require that my students support their claims with evidence, so why wouldn’t I also support mine with evidence? 

 

Deanna Cullen's picture

Community Outreach

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 15:33 -- Deanna Cullen
CHEMISTRY OUTREACH

I have been involved in several types of community outreach projects to promote science education and chemistry. One of the best was a biannual event I worked on with teachers from each elementary school in our district and from our middle school. It was a Science Extravaganza.

Kayode Oshin's picture

A Halloween Chemistry Show

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:46 -- Kayode Oshin
Halloween demo

An outline for the Halloween Chemistry Show Demonstration at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame IN, is presented. Organized by Saint Mary’s Affiliate of the American Chemical Society (SMAACS) student club, this show has become an annual event with an average attendance of over 200 people. The club’s main goal is to generate interest in the sciences among children; while stimulating a pursuit for continued education and hopefully future careers in STEM fields. The Halloween Chemistry Show aspires to that goal by providing an interactive experience for all children in attendance while presenting thought-provoking demonstrations for the entire audience.

Erica Posthuma-Adams's picture

Reflections on a Year of AP

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 11:32 -- Erica Posthuma-Adams
AP Chem

As I write this, it is the day before the national AP Chemistry exam.  We’ve been working toward this day since August.  We’ve endured late hours, broken crucibles, anxiety, and tears.  I’ve run weekend and evening review sessions, we’ve taken practice tests,

Allison Tarvin's picture

What are they thinking? Where did they get that idea?

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 19:15 -- Allison Tarvin
Making Thinking Visible

Have you read “Making Thinking Visible”?  You should. It focuses on making student thinking visible to the teacher. While still learning to use the visible thinking routines, I really feel more conscious of students’ understandings than ever.  

Here is a sample activity that I adapted to fit my honor chemistry students’ needs:

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