July 2016 ChemEd X Newsletter

Chemical Education Xchange

Dear Readers,

Many teachers are engaging in professional development activities over the summer break. There seem to be more opportunities than ever. Yet, I have seen a new phenomenon of groups creating their own professional development like lead contributor, this month. The internet and social media have opened doors to more ways of creating collaborations than ever before. Whether it is a face to face meeting or an online discussion, we have more choices for making the most of our professional development time. Creating your own professional development? Submit the event to . Don't forget, that if you see a topic of interest here at ChemEd X, you can join the conversation and collaborate with us. Is there a topic that you don't see addressed? Log in and leave a comment on our Call for Contributions page. We will do our best to find an expert that will help us to address the topic and create our own professional development opportunity right here.




- Deadline extended

Chemical Education Xchange (ChemEd X) is interested in learning about the progress teachers have made, experiences that teachers have had, areas that are causing difficulty and more as they transition to using Big Ideas to organize chemistry and other science content. For this reason, we are initiating our first content specific Call for Contributions centered around the concept of “Big Ideas and Making Connections”.
Accepting contributions through August 8, 2016.


Erica Jacobsen shares highlights from the July 2016 issue of JCE that are of special interest to high school teachers. This month, she discusses articles involving laboratory equipment, handling samples, maintaining a laboratory notebook and other topics related to lab work. If you would like to explore the whole issue in more depth, check out


Tracy Schloemer continues to share her experience of developing the scope and sequence of another of her courses, AP chemistry. Her detailed explanation will give you insight on how to tackle this. Don't miss the link to the spreadsheet of the essential knowledge statements.


Check out this STEM activity that incorporates chemical reactions, gas laws, intermolecular forces, materials science, math, geometry and more.


You may think you know the answer. You may have seen this before. But...don't skip it. Do you understand the whole story? Test yourself and then, check out the .


Inspired by the Chemical Mystery series here at ChemEd X, Lowell Thomson has begun using mysteries in his classroom to encourage student questions and hypotheses. Perhaps you have an idea for the topics he is still working on.


Michael Morgan offers us a tested activity to challenge our AP students after the exam. It is a guided group inquiry lesson on coordination compounds & complex ions. The lesson uses two pieces of software that are available here at ChemEd X with a subscription. Don't have a subscription? ChemEd X is offering free access to both titles through June 17, 2017.


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