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Frozen in time

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What chemical clues locked away in ancient ice tell us about Earth’s history

Education in Chemistry

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Supporting diverse learners


How to boost students’ acquisition of technical language in the science classroom

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Why the periodic table is a student’s best friend


How to encourage your pupils to use it as a resource

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Help students grasp the evolving nature of science


Students are expected to understand that scientific knowledge develops based on new evidence – here are four ways to illustrate how science advances

  • Cracking!

  • Bright sparks

  • The blueprint reaction

  • The glow stick reaction

  • Oscillating magic?

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Enhance explanations of intermolecular forces


How small prompts can result in big leaps in student understanding

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Which is best: practical or simulation?


Students interact with practicals and simulations differently, but does one approach come with better learning outcomes?

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Animations boost learning


And reduce cognitive load

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Metacognitive motivation


How it can positively influence students’ beliefs in their own abilities

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Tackling spectroscopy


Get your students reading spectra like pros

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Adventures in curriculum reform


Has Successful futures got a successful future with teachers in Wales?

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Perfect harmony


Technicians telling it how it is: relationship building

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Why you need to teach literacy to teach dist-ill-a-tion


Students need to learn the language of science to make progress in chemistry

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Can health and safety training ever be sexy?

By James Gaynor, David Donaghy

Maybe not, but it’s vital

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Academy rewards


Academies and their reliance on non-QTS staff

  • Why you should teach the history of the periodic table

  • Measuring energy changes

  • Applying practical knowledge to unfamiliar contexts

  • The periodic table

  • Atoms, molecules and ions


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Mind the attainment gap

Can an American programme improve BAME students’ achievement in higher education in the UK?

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Microbes and renewable energy turn carbon dioxide into edible protein

A new process uses microbes and renewable energy to make proteins for human consumption

'Blackest black' material

‘Blackest black’ ever made

New material absorbs 99.995% of light shined on it

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Thank the Nobel prize winners for your mobile phone

Start a lesson with the Nobel prize-winning chemistry involved in lithium-ion batteries