Education in Chemistry - Classroom articles

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Targeting science capital


Simple ways to increase students’ enthusiasm for science

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Five ways to promote independent learning


How to help students take responsibility for their own learning

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When colleagues disagree


Don’t let conflict escalate. Here’s how to initiate peace talks with your peers

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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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Measuring energy changes


Get practical with students and arm them with the skills and knowledge they need

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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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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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Enhance explanations of intermolecular forces


How small prompts can result in big leaps in student understanding

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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