Education in Chemistry - Classroom articles

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How to teach extraction of metals at 14–16


Solidify learners’ understanding of extraction processes with these tips, misconception busters and teaching ideas

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How to teach chromatography at post-16


Everything you need to help your students master the fundamentals of this analytical technique

A diagram showing UVC breaking down oxygen gas into individual oxygen atoms that then combine with oxygen gas to make ozone. Ozone is broken down again by UVA and UVB

How to teach atmospheric chemistry at 14–16


Use these guiding questions to guarantee student understanding of this tricky topic

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Demonstrate concentration and density with a transition metal colloid cell


Boost 11–14 learners’ understanding of diffusion and transition metal chemistry

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Highlight transition metal chemistry with an oscillating luminol reaction


Light up your 16–18 learners’ interest in catalysis and transition metal properties with this chemiluminescent reaction

A series of photos of glass beakers of a clear blue liquid turning to an opaque orange. Then another clear chemical is added by syringe and the liquid turns back to clear blue.

Reversible reactions with transition metal complexes


Use this copper-based, colour-changing demonstration to introduce your 14–16 learners to reversible reactions

A cartoon showing a PVC chain, a ball and stick and a structural formula of chloroethene, a PVC monomer and some uses for polymers including sportswear, paint and disposable cutlery

Everything you need to teach addition polymerisation


Use this poster, fact sheet and classroom activity to ensure your 14–16 learners get to grips with addition polymers

Cut through artwork of the Earth showing the different layers - the crust on the outside, the core at the very centre and the mantle between these two.

How to teach the Earth’s structure for younger students


Get to the core of the Earth’s composition with this poster, fact sheet and classroom activity

A cartoon of a school student in a school lab as a platform video game with chemistry skills to collect as they progress through the level

Successful strategies for sequencing knowledge

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

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

2023-09-04T06:52:00+01:00By and

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

Tiny people looking at giant models of ammonium and sulfur dichloride trying to figure out the inter molecular forces

Understanding how students untangle intermolecular forces


Discover how learners use electronegativity to predict the location of dipole−dipole interactions

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3 ways to boost knowledge transfer and retention


Apply these evidence-informed cognitive processes to ensure your learners get ahead

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Boost maths skills to improve chemistry learning


Use these evidence-based tips to help your learners get ahead with chemical calculations

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Support student sensemaking through directed dialogue


Discover how to encourage effective classroom conversation to boost student understanding

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How to banish misconceptions with green chemistry


Evidence-informed tips on how a greener approach can improve problem-solving abilities and address misconceptions

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Overcoming electrochemistry misconceptions


Use evidence-based research and teacher-tested tips to help your students master this challenging topic