The Mol Project

I started teaching the concept of the mol (not the animal...the amount) in chemistry this week.  The problem is, the mol is such an impossibly large number to comprehend (6.02 x 10^23, or 602 sextillion, or 602 followed by 21 zeros) students often don't grasp the quantity of things we are attempting to count.  So,Read More

Moving to Moodle

I've been running my course thus far via Google sites (which I love).  The site itself is easy to set-up, although the customization can take some playing around with.  After a PD session or two, I'm happy with my class website.  For my testing, I've been using another site called ClassMarker.com.  It is functional becauseRead More

Periodic Table of Cereals

Update 9/18/2012 - Unfortunately, the videos no longer work because the students closed their accounts. Feel free to use this Google Doc for the activity. A couple of weeks ago, I posted about students putting together a periodic table of cereals for a project.  Well, the final drafts are in and I got some workRead More

Coming Up: Student Periodic Tables

Part of the mastery system is assessing students through their own, unique work.  For this next unit (beginning today) students have an opportunity to show me what they know through their own digital periodic tables based on...cereal. While this isn't true student-driven assessment, it's a step in the right direction for my class.  I'm hopingRead More

Mastering Chemistry

Mastering chemistry seems like it would be an oxymoron.  Who can master chemistry?  Is chemistry "master-able?" I like to think so. If we can teach students to think and make informed decisions, then we're teaching them to be master learners.  We shouldn't be teaching only a textbook...in fact, the textbook shouldn't even be guiding curriculum. Read More