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Conant Awards Inspire

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 13:48 -- Deanna Cullen

The national ACS James Bryant Conant award was established in 1965 to encourage and recognize outstanding high school chemistry teachers. Candidates are chosen based upon evidence of high quality teaching, ability to challenge and inspire, extracurricular activities that support their work and pursuit of continued improvement of their role as an educator.

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Stephen Radice Inspires Students and Colleagues

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:26 -- Deanna Cullen

Stephen Radice is a multi-award winning chemistry teacher from Brooklyn, New York. For the past 26 of his 29 years of teaching, he has made chemistry accessible and brought it to life for every level of student at Edward R. Murrow High School. His wife, Kathy, also teaches chemistry at Murrow High School and collaborates with Stephen when planning lessons. It is clear that his fellow staff, chemistry colleagues around the country and most importantly, his students, admire him. Stephen was presented the Conant Award for 2013.  Read the interview below and you will be inspired by his love for his career and his students. You can also read the article announcing his award in Chemical & Engineering News.

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Social Media

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 17:21 -- Deanna Cullen

Chemistry teachers are always looking for new ideas to reach students. Social media is a new frontier to reach students AND collaborate with other chemistry teachers around the world 24/7. I hesitated to join Twitter because it seemed like "just one more thing to add to my plate".  I did finally log on and created an account.

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Ice clouds

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 08:33 -- Tom Kuntzleman

I get excited when I see the outside temperature drop below 0°F (-18°C). This is not because I enjoy cold weather. It is because when the outside temperature gets this cold, I can conduct a particular experiment that I think is quite beautiful. Check out the video.

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Standards and Inquiry or Standards vs Inquiry?

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 12:59 -- Sarah Kong

In my grad program one of our discussions concerned how to teach science the way science is actually done.  This seems to be one of the core ideas in the Next Generation Science Standards.  The standards want to encourage students to think more like scientists and engineers as opposed to students seeking an A.  Please share your thoughts!

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Work sheet to accompany orbital viewer program

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 09:12 -- Tom Kuntzleman

Orbital Viewer, written by David Manthey, is a fantastic program for displaying electronic orbitals.  You can read more about the program here.  I have my students use Orbital Viewer when learning about quantum numbers and their associated rules, electronic orbitals, and other quantum concepts.  I have developed a worksheet that allows students to use Orbital Viewer to explore various concepts related to electronic orbitals.  You can download this worksheet and answer key below.  I would very much appreciate you letting me know if

Time required: 

My freshman chemistry students take somewhere between 30 and 90 minutes to complete the worksheet. 

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