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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.

Allison Tarvin's picture

A Post-Inquiry Activity: A Tiered Significant Figures Lesson

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 07:44 -- Allison Tarvin
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Historically, my students report significant figures as one of the most confusing concepts in honors chemistry. My recent blog post described the process of transforming my introduction into an inquiry activity. I’ve also re-worked my practice activities to be more directed to specific student needs, more focused on spending time with small groups, and more dedicated to active learning. This four step tiered plan works for me.

Mary Saecker's picture

JCE 92.02—February 2015 Issue Highlights

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 14:02 -- Mary Saecker
Journal of Chemical Education February 2015 Cover

The February 2015 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers at http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jceda8/92/2. The February issue includes content on: metal-organic materials, assessment, acid–base chemistry, game-based approach to teaching, chemical structure and properties, luminescence, inquiry-based teaching, nanochemistry, synthesis, and computational chemistry. This latest issue of JCE plus the content of all past issues, volumes 1 through 92, are available at http://pubs.acs.org/jchemeduc.

Michael Morgan's picture

Getting to Know You

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 11:07 -- Michael Morgan
M Morgan

Hello and welcome to my new blog. I am Michael Morgan and I teach AP Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, Chemistry, and pretty much all things NErDy at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School in Los Angeles, CA. I have been teaching for almost 30 years. In Los Angeles I am a rare bird, a chemistry teacher that actually studied chemistry in college.

Allison Tarvin's picture

A “Buzzing” Introduction to Significant Figures

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 14:06 -- Allison Tarvin
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Education “buzz words” can be meaningless jargon, or they can challenge us to consider new approaches to teaching and learning. Don’t let the jargon be a buzz kill!

“Significant figures are so confusing,” says my former student, who is currently taking AP Chemistry. My PowerPoint lecture with lab to follow didn’t work. Convicted, I wrestled with transforming my tired lesson. I embraced the buzz words. Let’s look at a significant figures lesson that changed my compliant, quiet learners to ENGAGED COLLABORATORS.

Ryan Schoenborn's picture

How I Obtained Lab Equipment - Hach Grant

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 10:22 -- Ryan Schoenborn

Chemistry teachers face many challenges. One of those challenges is providing our students with the equipment and resources they need to be successful. Many teachers find themselves in schools that cannot afford to properly outfit their chemistry courses. That is exactly the situation I found myself in as a new teacher.

Tom Kuntzleman's picture

Chemical Mystery #4: The Case of the Misbehaving Balloon

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 11:19 -- Tom Kuntzleman

Conducting experiments with liquid nitrogen experiments is a sure-fire way to energize many chemistry lessons. Unfortunately, getting access to liquid nitrogen can be a bit difficult. I happen to purchase liquid nitrogen from Airgas; you might be able to find a branch near you here.

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Planning my Professional Development

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 20:50 -- Erica Posthuma-Adams
ChemEd15

This is the time of year when I start looking ahead and planning my professional development for the new year.   As a mom to two young boys I simply cannot attend all the conferences, workshops, or lectures I’d like to.  I have to research my options and determine how each opportunity aligns with t

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