March 2019

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Magic Monday: Inspiring Students to Observe and Question in Chemistry

The article describes the author’s use of demonstrations to spark interest and investigation in chemistry. This teaching strategy has been both valuable and popular with her students.

Resource Features

Lessons by teachers with their inspiration for the activity or tips for how to implement the lesson.

Access is an AACT member benefit. Teaching Essential Concepts … with T-Shirt Chromatography

In this article, a teacher shares about her colorful classroom activity for teaching chromatography.

Classroom Commentary

Reflections and perspectives by teachers about topics that affect chemistry education.

Access is an AACT member benefit. NGSS Storylines in a Flipped Classroom

This article provides insight into how a teacher flipped her middle school science classroom and then integrated the NGSS storyline process of learning into the flipped classroom structure.

Nuts & Bolts

Functional tips you can implement in your classroom.

Access is an AACT member benefit. Ditch Your Step-by-Step Procedures: Teach Students to Understand the Chemistry

In this article, the author describes his emphasis on problem-solving rather than providing step-by-step instructions to students. With the use of examples, he explains how this focus has helped his students develop a deeper understanding of chemistry topics.

Access is an AACT member benefit. Applying Retrieval Practice Techniques in the Classroom

This article describes the author’s efforts to increase opportunities in her daily teaching practice for students to actively engage in practicing and retrieving information. Research has shown that these activities are very beneficial to long-term learning.

Tech Tips

How to incorporate technology into your chemistry classroom.

Access is an AACT member benefit. Creating YouTube Tutorial Channels for Student Success

The authors share their success with creating chemistry tutorial videos and posting them on YouTube in order to support students outside of the classroom.

In My Element

Stories about teachers finding their way to the chemistry classroom.

Access is an AACT member benefit. An Unplanned Journey to Middle School Science Teacher

The AACT Middle School Ambassador describes her somewhat unplanned journey to becoming a middle school science teacher. Her enthusiasm and passion for teaching students at this level are evident as she shares her experiences with the reader.

Teacher 2 Teacher

From the February AACTconnect Newsletter:

AACT is planning to release a new collection of teacher swag in 2019! We're looking for our members to share some of their favorite and most original chemistry puns to appear on some of these items. Submit your pun »

Our favorite submissions:

  • Think like a proton, stay positive!
  • If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate!
  • If I could rearrange the periodic table, I would put U and I together.

Submitted by Jamie Flint

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Colorful Lessons

The March editorial is guest-authored by the AACT President-Elect, Heather Weck. Heather reflects on how the theme of color has impacted her and inspired her throughout her teaching career.

Chemistry Fun

Access is an AACT member benefit. An Element Fill-In Puzzle

In this activity, students will solve a puzzle by using element symbols from the periodic table to fill-in missing letters.