Pedagogy

We Shall Have Music, We Shall Have Dancing, We Shall Have Great Rejoicing in the Air…Over a Table!

An introduction to a topic about a table with music, dances, with images small and big, old and new, simple and complex…and with a lot of rejoicing in the air! ๐Ÿ™‚ . . . → Read More: We Shall Have Music, We Shall Have Dancing, We Shall Have Great Rejoicing in the Air…Over a Table!

Pedagogy

“No Woman No Cry! No Woman No Cry!!”

No woman no cry/ No woman no cry…so starts the famous Bob Marley song. But what was it doing in my chemistry lessons? . . . → Read More: “No Woman No Cry! No Woman No Cry!!”

Pedagogy

No Chemistry…No Love!

IB Diploma Chemistry introductory PowerPoint presentation I would have started off an academic year with…and it’s all about love…for the love of the subject! ๐Ÿ™‚ . . . → Read More: No Chemistry…No Love!

Pedagogy

Speed: Nothing You Can’t Take

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!

Guess what topic this was an introduction to? Follow the link to find out!

. . . → Read More: Speed: Nothing You Can’t Take

Chemistry, Enrichment Activities, IB Diploma

The Burning Issue of a Candle

A simple experiment involving inversion of a conical flask over burning a candle in a dissection tray with some water can be a stimulus for open-ended, really really fun, very very challenging — to both students and teachers alike — problem, covering some fundamental high school chemistry. . . . → Read More: The Burning Issue of a Candle

Chemistry, Enrichment Activities, IB Diploma

Sugar Daddy…with Flare

Who says sugar is bad for children?! It’s especially not bad in a chemistry classroom where it can be used to create flares and to bring chemistry alive! This is the 6th Beauties vs. Brawns challenge. . . . → Read More: Sugar Daddy…with Flare

Pedagogy

The Name’s Bond…Chemical Bond

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

Student Resources

The ABC’s of Chemistry Symbols

Chemistry, not unlike its less popular cousin, Physics ( ๐Ÿ˜€ ), 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

Crystal Clear Magic…in Chemistry

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

Speaking Volumes…in Chemistry

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

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