Chemistry for science teachers: module 1

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Thursdays, January – April 2024, 3.45 – 5.30pm, online 

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This is the first of three professional development modules for teachers looking to build their knowledge and confidence in chemistry. There is no charge to attend – we cover the cost.

All three courses will boost your confidence in delivering practical work, as well as help you teach key chemistry topics. Within each session, there’s time to discuss upcoming topics and practicals, as well as opportunities to ask questions and get guidance from experts.

You should sign up if you would like to build your own understanding of the subject (you should already have basic knowledge of the topics covered) and explore effective strategies for teaching chemistry to learners aged 11–16. We will explore how to teach key topics in chemistry and a number of ways to support your confidence in delivering practical work.

You do not have to have completed one module to complete another. Each course covers teaching strategies for different topic areas. Please choose the module that includes the topics most relevant for you.

Module details

This module is most suited to teachers who may be:

  • relatively new in post
  • teaching chemistry outside their own subject specialism
  • keen to increase their own understanding and confidence to teach chemistry within a 11–16 secondary science programme

The format is a series of four sessions – you will complete these once a month between January and April. By completing all four, you will qualify for a certificate of attendance to add to your professional development portfolio/record.

In advance of the module, we will give you information on 1–2 practicals, which we will ask you to carry out in advance of the relevant session, ready to discuss with your course facilitator and fellow participants.

Chemistry for science teachers – module 1

Date and time Session title Session topics

Thursday 1 February

3.45 – 5.30pm

 Supporting good practical chemistry

 

 

The particle theory of matter 

Ideas for practical work

The meaning of hazard, harm and risk

The process and recording of risk assessment

Thursday 29 February

3.45 – 5.30pm

Reactivity of metals

Reactivity series of metals 

Ideas for practical activities

Student misconceptions

Thursday 21 March

3.45 – 5.30pm

Electrolysis

Electrolysis 

Student misconceptions

Ideas for practical work

RSC resources, including practical videos

Thursday 25 April

3.45 – 5.30pm

Quantitative chemistry

Quantitative chemistry and the mole 

Chemistry calculations

Linking practical work to calculations

Disclaimer: We reserve the right to make changes to this programme in the event of unexpected circumstances.

 

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