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Using cognitive science for more effective lesson planning


Take advantage of how the mind works and improve learning outcomes

Education in Chemistry

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3 ways to improve your explanations


From examples and non-examples to definitions, tips to communicate new ideas and concepts effectively 

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Polish your exam knowledge to boost students’ grades: 6 ways to improve your assessment skills


Discover how getting to grips with the detail of exam specs will improve outcomes

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How to choose the right practical simulation


Make sure you pick the right virtual practical for your students by asking yourself these 6 questions

  • The gallium beating heart

  • Pyrophoric silanes

  • The screaming jelly baby

  • The reaction of magnesium with steam

  • Superheated steam

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5 tips for teaching VSEPR theory

By , Nicola Kiernan

Use the latest research to help your students form correct mental images when predicting molecular geometries

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What is difficult about concentration?


Fresh insight offers tips for teaching the mathematics of moles, volume and molarity

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Using student-generated animations to assess conceptions


Harness the power of PowerPoint when teaching molecular motion to identify misconceptions and help students better understand the sub-microscopic world

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‘Science education has failed’

By ,

Covid has shown people aren’t prepared for societal challenges of the future: it’s time to put science and environment literacy at the heart of science education

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Teacher mental health: working together to beat burnout


Let this Mental health awareness week be a reminder to appreciate and support yourself and your colleagues

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Asking for help


Teachers report being stressed and not receiving enough guidance about their mental health. Is compulsory counselling the solution?

  • How to teach controlled variable investigations at 11–14

  • Teaching acids and bases post-16

  • How to teach the carbon cycle at 11–14

  • Teaching structure and bonding post-16

  • How to teach the chemistry of the rock cycle at 11–14

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The whitest white paint ever is also the coolest

How paint made with barium sulfate could reduce the need for air conditioning

A photo showing the production of plastic bottles

Ceramic nanoparticles help mould glass into any shape

Get students to compare the properties of glass and plastic polymers

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Slashing emissions with polymer fashion

Show students the high performance fabric that’s made from waste plastic and is cutting the carbon footprint of the fashion industry

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The exceptional alloy that’s resisting corrosion

Could stainless magnesium replace aluminium in cars and aeroplanes? This calcium–magnesium alloy has implications for carbon emissions

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