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‘Science doesn’t always work in the way you expect it to’


Meet Lee Goodwin, a bioanalytical chemist who helps unpick what our bodies do with the drugs they are given, such as antivirals as treatment for Covid-19

Education in Chemistry

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5 ways to explain electrolysis


From building good foundations to memorising the rules, these tips will help your students grasp this tricky topic

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How to use a visualiser for successful lessons


From zooming in on chemical phenomena to explaining marking schemes, try these teacher-tested approaches

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How to use hinge point questions effectively


They can help both you and your students learn – but what are hinge questions, and when should you ask them?

  • When life gives you lemons (or oranges)

  • Don’t go breakin’ (down) my (love) heart

  • Fire stopper

  • Avogadro in action

  • Cracking!

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Learning organic mechanisms – does technology help?


Are chemistry learning applications really worthwhile?

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Making effective use of collaborative learning


Get group tasks right and boost student learning

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Mastering organic chemistry reactions


Try these tools and tips for teaching electron pushing

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What will be the consequences of coronavirus for teachers?


There are so many unknowns – not least when schools might resume a degree of normality

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Playtime with the technicians


Telling it like it is: technicians on extra duties outside the prep room

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I want to go back to school


Adam Boxer desperately wants to be back in this classroom with his students. He also knows it’s not safe yet

  • Starting university during a pandemic

  • How to make effective use of pre-recorded lessons

  • Taking a week-by-week approach to remote teaching

  • Using investigations to engage your 11–14 students

  • How to use a slide show for a live lesson

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Gauging exam grades 2020

Weighing up the pros and cons of this year’s exam assessment systems

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Yeast thriving in hydrogen

Microorganisms growing in 100% hydrogen show that life could exist on exoplanets

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How to build a record-breaking carbohydrate

Download this slide and delve into the topic of synthetic and naturally occurring polymers; exploring sugar chemistry and organic compounds with your class

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Shed light on benzene reactivity in fizzy drinks

Downloadable slide on the organic chemistry in cherry-flavoured soft drinks for your class

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July 2020
Epidemiology, polymers, online practical skills and other remote teaching tips

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