Education in Chemistry - Classroom articles

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Teaching rates of reaction post-16: part 2


Ideas and activities to help students explore catalysts

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Teaching observation skills at 11–14


Observation is a key skill for budding chemists. This is how to develop it with your younger students

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Teaching rates of reaction post-16


Ideas and activities to help students explore reaction dynamics and mechanisms

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Dynamite soap: The combustion of stoichiometric hydrogen–oxygen mixtures


Add this quick demo to the end of a lesson on squeaky pops to show the dramatic impact of mixing chemicals in the correct proportions

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Demonstrating the diffusion of ammonia and hydrogen chloride


Revisiting and refining a classic diffusion demo with Declan Fleming

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The gallium beating heart


Explore redox chemistry with this safer alternative to the mercury beating heart demo

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How to draw electron configuration diagrams


Use this step-by-step to get your 14–16 students drawing electron configuration diagrams confidently

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Why you need A-level chemistry to study geology

2021-03-25T09:49:00+00:00By ,

Knowledge of chemistry topics such as isotopes, analytical techniques and earth science is essential for studying geology

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Make learning chemistry child’s play


Does play have a role in science learning for older children? This is how to bring more creativity to older students’ learning and why it’s important

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A new approach to marking

2021-01-13T14:06:00+00:00By ,

Reduce your marking time and increase student’s engagement with your feedback

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Working with 2D and 3D models in chemistry

2020-10-13T11:06:00+01:00By Joe Ogborn

Support students to get a better grasp of geometric shapes and improve their learning

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Understanding why chemistry is important boosts results


Use simple interventions to help students work out the real-life reasons why it is important to study chemistry

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What affects students’ self-assessment skills?


A study investigating students’ self-assessed understanding has implications for your practice

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5 tips for teaching VSEPR theory


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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Researchers find metacognition aids sub-microscopic understanding


Get research-based tips for improving your students’ sub-microscopic understanding of particle models