Education in Chemistry - Classroom articles

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Encourage shy pupils to participate


How to include reluctant speakers

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Avoid the pitfalls of language (again)


Defining scientific words and the hazards involved

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Let them get it wrong


How making mistakes improves learning

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Tackling practicals for students with SEND


It’s easy when you’re prepared

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Teaching organic mechanisms


How to help students get to grips with organic reaction mechanisms

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Working with units and prefixes


How to help students use units and prefixes correctly and easily convert between them

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Applying practical knowledge to unfamiliar contexts


Prepare students to use their learning in different situations

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The periodic table


Introduce students to its structure and order

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Atoms, molecules and ions


Top tips for teaching 11–14

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Bright sparks


The spontaneous combustion of high surface area iron

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The blueprint reaction


Get creative with a photochemical demo

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The glow stick reaction


Light up the classroom with this simple, safe and value-for-money demonstration of chemiluminescence

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Oscillating magic?


Wow them with a colour change reaction

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Taking the fear out of time-of-flight calculations

2019-10-08T11:24:00+01:00By Joe Ogborn

Get the teaching of TOF-MS right and student outcomes will really soar

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Why you need A-level chemistry to study pharmacy


Why chemistry is essential to understand and manufacture safe, effective medicines

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How to tackle context in exams


Teach students how to apply their knowledge, not parrot back information

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Why you need A-level chemistry to study dentistry


Understanding enamel, fillings and anaesthetics requires chemistry knowledge


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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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Does this resonate with you?


How to present confusing resonance representations to students

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Probing difficulties with quantum atomic models


What you can do to make grasping atomic representations easier