Education in Chemistry - Classroom articles

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Teaching curly arrows at post-16


Tips and resources to help you teach chemical processes and organic reaction mechanisms

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Teaching redox chemistry post-16


Try these ideas to help make redox less confusing for students

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How to teach structure determination post-16


Students find this process puzzling. Help them solve it with these ideas and tips

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Demonstrating the heating curve of tert-butanol


Use this to effectively show your students two changes of state in one experiment

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The reaction between sodium and chlorine


Use this to demonstrate this classic and spectacular chemistry experiment

A titration experiment with a meter in front of a projected v-shaped graph

Shocking revelations 2: neutralisation reactions


Use this experiment to demonstrate the different behaviours of weak and strong acids

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Play card games to teach electronic configuration and ionic compound formation


How a game-based approach can improve your students’ understanding and recognition – and reduce assessment anxiety

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Demystifying scientific symbolic language


Teach your students how to understand and use chemical symbols in their learning

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Calculating moles and using Avogadro’s number


Use this explainer to help your students grasp the relationship between moles, mass and molecular mass

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Risk assessing your chemistry practicals


Keep on top of risk assessments to ensure your practical lessons are safe

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Ensure chemistry students get the most out of practical work


Top tips from research to improve understanding and collaboration in practicals

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Improve students’ scientific literacy through inquiry


Tips to develop students’ experimental design skills without the need for practical chemistry

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Support students to make sense of models


How your subject knowledge and teaching knowledge combine to transform students’ understanding

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Tweak your questions to improve students’ problem-solving skills


How changing the format of practice questions can improve learners’ skills

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Boost confidence in STEM


Discover how writing tasks can stimulate learning and boost confidence

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Mechanistic reasoning in the chemistry classroom


Do teachers need to rethink their explanations depending on their teaching context?