Education in Chemistry - Classroom articles

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How to teach the carbon cycle at 11–14


Ensure your students have a firm understanding of the chemistry behind climate change

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Teaching structure and bonding post-16


Try these tips, contexts and activities to tackle the orbital model of the atom and bonding

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How to teach the chemistry of the rock cycle at 11–14


Develop your teaching practice with the ultimate guide to teaching the chemistry of the rock cycle including resources, misconceptions and teaching ideas

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Pyrophoric silanes


Use the impressive reaction of pyrophoric silanes in air to explore a range of chemistry topics with your students

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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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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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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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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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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

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5 tips for approaching formative assessment


Use these research-informed teaching tips to better uncover your classes’ core chemical thinking

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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