The Line Between High Expectations and Impossible Expectations

I absolutely hate teaching bonding. The abstract nature of atoms, the minutiae of nomenclature, and the details of writing formulas bog students down and I struggle to meet their needs. So, we do POGILs, simulations, speed dating, labs, and drills. Lots of time is spent trying to correct patterns of work to meet the learningRead More

I Need to Remember to Post Answer Keys

Everything I do in class is geared toward building understanding. I want students to be able to both complete the task and understand why they're completing it. Learning is more than a collection of disconnected skills. Especially in chemistry, the more you see the interconnectedness, the easier it is to learn. Today, I gave aRead More

Question Mark Answers

We played Jeopardy today in class (with some major upsets coming during final Jeopardy...quite exciting) to review atoms and the periodic table organization. It's a super-short chapter that sets up a foundation for bonding, naming, and chemical reactions. It's also nice because it's mostly review (or should be) of 8th grade physical science. There's stillRead More

Expanding the SBG Tracking Gradebook

I mentioned Evan Weingberg's standards-based tracking system in a short snippet a couple weeks back. I want to expand on that thought a little bit. Essentially, he uses a Google Sheet to aggregate quiz performance to make sure standards are actually learned over time. This has been incredibly valuable to me because I felt thatRead More