Education in Chemistry - Classroom articles

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How to teach earth science at 11–14


Use real-life examples and historical information to help students get to grips with the structure and composition of the Earth

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How to teach materials at 11–14


Use real life examples to help students get to grips with the properties of ceramics, polymers and composites

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How to teach chemical energetics


Exothermic reactions go beyond simply combustion – use these tips to boost student understanding of energy transfer

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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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How to approach graphs in chemistry


Help your students turn graphs from pictures into mathematical objects

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The screaming jelly baby


Demonstrate energy release in action with this spectacular experiment

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The reaction of magnesium with steam


How to bridge a common gap in students’ understanding of the reactivity series

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Superheated steam


Ready to start a fire with water? Use this demo to teach students about enthalpy and properties of water

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The real prize of entering STEM competitions


Both you and your students can gain a lot from participating in science competitions besides winning

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The grand end of term quiz


Looking for something fun to wrap up the term? Challenge your 14–16 students with this chemistry-themed quiz

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Why you need A-level chemistry to study dietetics

2020-11-13T12:29:00+00:00By ,

Which parts of the chemistry curriculum will your 16–18 students find useful to become a dietician?

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How to combat perfectionism in your students


Steer perfectionism in the classroom in positive ways

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4 tips for using testing to assist learning


Why giving students short quizzes after an exam improves their chemistry learning performance

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This is why you should teach metacognition explicitly


Research-based tips to ensure that metacognitive strategies become a life-long part of your students’ study skills

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6 tips for teaching reaction rates using graphs


What to look out for when teaching graphs in reaction kinetics

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Harness self-regulation to nurture independent study skills


Follow these tips to engage students with learning processes

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Students’ writing reveals understanding of electron pushing


Use written assignments to probe student understanding of organic mechanisms

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New scaffolding method improves student argumentation


The key to a good argument is flowing SOLO