Posts filed under ‘Chemistry topics’

Working Less, Kids Learning More with PBL

Working less for more engagement and more science content covered even with PBL.


Continue Reading September 19, 2016 at 1:46 PM Leave a comment

Ice Cube Challenge: Treat students like scientists for worse data and better learning.

This mini-project within a project showed the benefit of giving kids more freedom to design and do their own experiments.

Continue Reading September 2, 2016 at 11:57 AM Leave a comment

Cool the School Project: Launch Day

Let’s do launch… of the first proper PBL project this school year. Lots of ‘failing forward’ going on as we attempt to get kids to ‘Cool the School’.

Continue Reading August 31, 2016 at 2:36 PM Leave a comment

Shocking Proposed Next Gen Science Standards for Ca middle schools

A mixed-up version of the wonderful Next Generation Science Standards may cripple our students in California unless we take action now. Here’s why and what to do. Please add your voice demanding coherent, practical standards for our sanity in the classroom!

Continue Reading July 3, 2013 at 1:37 AM Leave a comment

Screen Casting for Science

5 minute teacher chalk-and-talk screen casts for kids to review key concepts makes a real difference for all students who miss a bit of instruction. Here’s the why and how to get started…

Continue Reading April 28, 2013 at 8:48 AM Leave a comment

The Joy of Open-Ended Challenges

More workable, less work than you’d think – What’s the effect of impurities on ice?

Continue Reading February 24, 2013 at 10:58 AM 1 comment

Effective Grading Strategies for Written Assessments

Long answer and lab assessments are the most dreaded kinds of grading: Here are some step-by-step suggestions to help answer the siren call of the new Common Core Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Continue Reading January 7, 2013 at 12:42 PM Leave a comment

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