Chemistry for science teachers: module 2

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Wednesdays, May – June, 3.30 – 5.15pm, online

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This is the second 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 complete one module to attend 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 between May and June. By completing the sessions, 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 2

Session 1: Wednesday 15 May 3.30 – 5.15pm

Identifying unknowns

Session topics:

  • Chromatography 
  • Using chemical tests to identify ions
  • RSC resources including gridlocks
  • Student misconceptions
  • Ideas for practical work
  • Solubility and precipitation

Session 2: Wednesday 22 May 3.30 – 5.15pm

Rates of reaction

Session topics:

  • Rates of reactions
  • Data handling and interpretation
  • Misconceptions
  • RSC resources

Session 3: Wednesday 5 June 3.30 – 5.15pm


Session topics:

  • How to teach equilibrium
  • Student misconceptions
  • Ideas for practical work
  • RSC resources

Session 4: Wednesday 12 June 3.30 – 5.15pm

Demonstrations and energy change

Session topics:

  • Creating exciting demonstrations
  • Energy changes
  • RSC resources

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

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