Next Generation Chemistry

Integrating NGSS and Good Teaching Practices in the Chemistry Classroom

Photograph by Benita Zepeda

Most teachers follow the typical first-day-of-school protocol which includes passing out books and discussing class policies.  BORING!  If you want kids to be passionate about chemistry, get kids up off their butts and investigating cool things from day one!  A teacher on Twitter recently asked me to share my First Day Lab.  This post provides details […]

Have you ever finished teaching a lesson and said to yourself  “Wow.  That was awesome.” Sometimes I have good lessons and sometimes I have great ones.  But this one was awesome.  Best of all my students researched and communicated like real scientists.  Want to know why?  The lesson was loaded with science and engineering practices […]

New tweets fly by in my Twitter feed so quickly that I feel like I catch only a small portion of what’s shared.  Who’s got time to sit there and read all those tweets?  But catching this tweet was a gem.  The tweet was simple enough; a posted video about teaching gas laws without having […]

One of the toughest things about chemistry is that you can’t see those stinkin’ little particles that make up everything.  How I envy the physics teachers whose students can calculate the velocity of a car zooming down the street in front of our school and the biology teachers whose students can dissect the kitty cat. […]

After it was over I felt utterly exhausted.  Developing my first laboratory experience that met the Performance Expections of NGSS required time and energy.  Was it worth it?  Absolutely. Finding the melting point of an unknown solid. After studying the NGSS Performance Expectations over winter break, I decided that an upcoming unit on Bonding and […]

Students use laptops for PhET and iPads to record data. Next Generation Science Standards tell us that inquiry always starts with a question. This school year I’ve made adjustments to my lessons to incorporate more student inquiry and less lecture.  At the 2014 Northern Illinois Science Educators Conference, Elizabeth Hamann of Lincoln-Way North HS suggested […]

The Next Generation Science Standards aren’t beating around the bush.  Could they make it any more obvious that they want me to use models?  The performance expectations at every grade band expect kids to “develop a model” and “use a model” to prove their understanding of concepts.  I spotted these references to modeling over and […]