Ollie Hunter has been a full-time chemistry teacher since 1993 and a head of department for the past 15 years. He also has recently taken on the role of EPQ coordinator.
Ollie completed an MA(Ed) through the Open University and is now a part-time doctoral student in the faculty of education at the University of Cambridge. Ollie’s research focuses on how secondary school students understand the symbolic language of chemistry and how chemical equations and formulas are used by students to generate chemical meaning. He has an interest in the role of language in the teaching of chemistry and the etymological and historical origins of chemical words.
Demystifying scientific symbolic language
Teach your students how to understand and use chemical symbols in their learning
How to write formulas for non-metal compounds
A lesson activity on writing formulas for non-metal compounds with a student worksheet
Chemical formulas and equations
What is the point of chemical equations?
Knowing words’ origins helps students unravel chemistry
Teach the origins of chemical vocabulary