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Tom Kuntzleman's picture

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

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

Deanna Cullen's picture

Greener Replacement Labs and Activities

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 20:40 -- Deanna Cullen

I am a safety conscience science teacher. I am embarrassed about some of the things that I did in my classes early in my career that I did not realize were unsafe. I saw the demonstrations and activities done at professional development venues and assumed that if my mentors were using the activity, it was safe.

Erin Rent's picture

Student Recommendation Tips

Mon, 11/11/2013 - 07:42 -- Erin Rent

Every year, high school teachers across the country are asked to write college recommendations for their current and former students. With today’s competitive college culture, and an ever-growing list of teacher responsibilities—how can we be expected to write 10, sometimes more, original college recommendations each year for our students? As a teacher who was just introduced to all of this two years ago, I’ve spoken with college recruiters, researched how and what to include within a recommendation letter, consulted with guidance counselors (who see the range of recommendations, confidentially), and, most importantly, spoken with veteran teachers who write recommendation letters. After putting together the results of everything that I have learned, I have developed the following set of tips and advice. So, whether you are a pro at writing recommendation letters and are just looking to keep your letters fresh or you are a complete novice, as I was not too long ago, I hope that my advice will be helpful to you.

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