This semester, a few classes asked for bi-weekly review over the entire year so they can keep old material fresh. I was really happy to get these requests because it shows a higher level of maturity than I've seen lately and that they recognize that old stuff still applies. State testing starts this week (blargh)Read More
Waves are tricky to teach. Students feel like they already have a ton of experience with them (you've been to the beach somewhere, I'm sure.) and that there isn't a whole lot more to learn. So, I try to make it hands on and connect with other areas of interest. For instance, I brought myRead More
I've been looking forward to teaching electricity all year. I've never done it before and I was excited about the hands-on stuff you can do. Who doesn't want to play with batteries and light bulbs? Seriously. I split the lab into two days. Rather than prescribing circuits, I knew I wanted to make it inquiry-based.Read More
This post outlines a recent lesson and activity I designed for my integrated chemistry/physics students. Fair warning: science ahead. The Problem I teach a class called Integrated Chemistry & Physics. It's meant to serve as an all-around physical science for high school students (they need one life science and one physical to earn a diploma).Read More
Each year teaching chemistry, I made it a point to my students that everything they learn over the course of the year is based on observation and best guesses. Up until 2009, we hadn't actually seen a molecule or an atom...they're just too small. What we can see is how they behave and change whenRead More
My AP Chemistry class has published their final draft of a general chemistry lab manual. You can see and download the student edition here or you can ask me on twitter for the teacher's edition (problems worked, etc).