Education in Chemistry - Classroom articles


How to teach equilibrium constants at 14–16


Use these strategies to connect 14–16 and post-16 study when teaching this topic, and cover all the essentials so students master it

An artwork relating the periodic table to atomic orbitals and the energy to fill them

Everything you need to teach atomic structure and periodicity at post-16


Top tips and teaching ideas to help your students get to grips with the periodic table and its trends

Two glasses of water - one open with the water evaporating away, and the other has a lid so the water cannot escape

How to teach reversible reactions and equilibrium at 14–16


Use these tips and teaching ideas to secure student understanding when teaching this tricky topic

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 number of glass conical flasks attached by clamps to a metal stand. Each flask has a colourful balloon sealed around its neck that has been sucked inside the flask.

Demonstrate changes of state using volume differences


Use this demonstration to reinforce the differences between states of matter with your 11–14 learners

Lots of small bubbles in a clear liquid rising to the surface

Creating a supersaturated gas evolving oscillator


Use this fizzy practical for a kinetic and thermodynamic showdown in class

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

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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


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

A cartoon of a science teacher allowing students to pick the equipment to use for a chemistry practical

Why it’s important to encourage student decision-making in practicals

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Improve student engagement, motivation and behaviour by giving them more choice

A glass conical flask of green liquid in a lab setting

How to banish misconceptions with a green chemistry curriculum


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

The word electrochemistry connected in the style of a circuit board to other related chemistry terms such as thermodynamics, potential difference, chemical equilibrium, electrical circuits, bond concepts, solution chemistry, oxidation states and energy

Overcoming electrochemistry misconceptions


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

Textbooks in a school backpack

How to use textbooks effectively


Discover why not all chemistry textbooks are created equal – and what you can do about it

Tiny people around an oversized chemistry experiment where an electric spark is going off in a gas syringe.

Linking energy, structure and reactivity


Discover how students reason about energy and chemical structure – and how to boost their understanding

A cartoon of a page flipping between students writing in a classroom and a boy watching a video at home

What’s best: flipped or in-class learning?


Discover how one approach can boost student learning and engagement

Models of different types of chemical bonding including diamond and salt on a table in a classroom. Behind a teacher speaks to the high school students.

Boost student understanding of chemical bonding


Discover how important pedagogical content knowledge is in teaching this challenging topic