Pedagogy

The Name’s Bond…Chemical Bond

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When I used to teach, I would begin a topic with a multi-media PowerPoint presentation to introduce the topic and for a few other reasons, one of which was to get some laughter from the students! This is the introductory presentation I used to introduce my chemistry students to the topic of Chemical Bond. . . . → Read More: The Name’s Bond…Chemical Bond

Enrichment Activities

Modelling…Without the Catwalk

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When people think of modelling, they think of catwalks and skinny models, mostly. We do a lot of that in Science too…modelling that is, not the catwalks and skinny models! . . . → Read More: Modelling…Without the Catwalk

Chemistry, Enrichment Activities, IB Diploma Chemistry

Green Volcano

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This is challenge number 5 in the series. Here’s a video of the demonstration performed in front of the concerned students themselves!

The challenge was for them to:

Identify the chemical, and provide an explanation for the process, supported by a balanced chemical equation.

By this time, the students had . . . → Read More: Green Volcano

Student Resources

The ABC’s of Chemistry Symbols

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Chemistry, not unlike its less popular cousin, Physics ( 😀 ), uses many symbols and they can be pretty confusing. Especially, when their meaning changes with just the type (regular or italicized) or the case (upper or lower case) of the font.

How well do you know them? Test your knowledge here.

. . . → Read More: The ABC’s of Chemistry Symbols

Chemistry, Enrichment Activities, IB Diploma Chemistry

Crystal Clear Magic…in Chemistry

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When crystals in the Chemistry lab interact, it’s not always crystal clear what is happening…unless you know Chemistry! . . . → Read More: Crystal Clear Magic…in Chemistry

Chemistry, Enrichment Activities, IB Diploma Chemistry

Speaking Volumes…in Chemistry

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When liquids interact, there’s lots to talk about in Chemistry. In this particular challenge, my students had to figure out what happens when two liquids are mixed. . . . → Read More: Speaking Volumes…in Chemistry

Chemistry, Enrichment Activities, IB Diploma Chemistry

The Gunpowder Challenge: The Explosive Meet

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Gunpowder chemistry in the classroom! My first year IB Chemistry students prepare gunpowder mixture and test them. The results, of course, are quite dramatic! . . . → Read More: The Gunpowder Challenge: The Explosive Meet

Chemistry, Enrichment Activities, IB Diploma Chemistry

Mole Challenge: Can You Burrow Through This?

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How do we count things that cannot be counted directly, such as the number of sand grains in the Sahara desert? And what does that have anything to do with Chemistry? . . . → Read More: Mole Challenge: Can You Burrow Through This?

Pedagogy

Teach to Learn; Learn to Teach

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Are you a teacher and want to improve the learning outcomes of your students?

If you do, you also need to be learning, constantly, by looking for, and trying out, new ways of delivering your lessons.

. . . → Read More: Teach to Learn; Learn to Teach

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Crowdrise Holiday Challenge:…Teach a Man to Fish…

Crowdrise Holiday Challenge fundraising drive. The fund collected will be used to setup a fishery in our project site. . . . → Read More: Crowdrise Holiday Challenge:…Teach a Man to Fish…