Education in Chemistry - Classroom articles

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How to teach post-16 transition metals and complex ions


Everything you need to help your students master transition metal complexes

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Everything you need to teach energetics at 14–16


Use these ideas to help students understand the world of energetics, enthalpy and equilibrium

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How to teach electrochemistry at post-16


Use these tips to help your students calculate redox reactions and create electrochemical cells

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Demonstrate changes of state using volume differences


Use this demonstration to reinforce the differences between states of matter with your 11–14 learners

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Creating a supersaturated gas evolving oscillator


Use this fizzy practical for a kinetic and thermodynamic showdown in class

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Demonstrate intermolecular forces with colourful separations


Layer intermolecular interactions into your practical lessons with these chromatic experiments

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Successful strategies for sequencing knowledge

2023-09-11T09:00:00+01:00By ,

Discover how to effectively develop your students’ knowledge and skills by sequencing practical activities

A diagram showing the increasing strength of force for different kinds of bonding - London dispersion forces, dipole-dipole interactions, hydrogen bonds and ionic bonding

Teaching the bonding spectrum


Everything you need to help your post-16 grasp the realities of bonding, electronegativity and intermolecular forces

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Why it’s important to encourage student decision-making in practicals

2023-07-17T08:30:00+01:00By ,

Improve student engagement, motivation and behaviour by giving them more choice

Three diagrams for the structure of metal atoms showing the lattice, the movement of electrons and how alloys are harder than pure metals because the different sized atoms disrupts the regular layers

How to teach metallic bonding


From properties to structures, everything you need to help your 14–16 students grasp metals and alloys

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Do textbooks need a rewrite?


Discover why not all chemistry textbooks are created equal

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Linking energy, structure and reactivity


Discover how students reason about energy and chemical structure – and how to boost their understanding

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What’s best: flipped or in-class learning?


Discover how one approach can boost student learning and engagement

Models of different types of chemical bonding including diamond and salt on a table in a classroom. Behind a teacher speaks to the high school students.

Boost student understanding of chemical bonding


Discover how important pedagogical content knowledge is in teaching this challenging topic

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Conceptual peer-to-peer questioning improves learning


Get the cogs turning for successful learning by encouraging the right kind of student interactions

Hands labeling the nucleophiles and electrophiles on a chemical equation between benzene and bromine

How to help students identify electrophiles and nucleophiles


Use evidence-based research and teaching tips to solidify understanding of reaction mechanisms