B.S. in Chemistry from the Ohio State University (OSU). 21 years of teaching in the Columbus CIty Schools. Trained in the modeling instruction for physics and chemistry. A mentor teacher with the ASPIRE program through the OSU to prepare pre-service teachers to teach science in the urban environment. Helped write the district’s chemistry curriculum. Previously a member of NSTA’s Outstanding Science Tradebooks for Children Panel, Urban Science Educators Advisory Board, and Outstanding STEM Books.
Wed, Jul 12, 2023 10:55 AM in Lab Safety Video
I've just recently started my new position as secondary science curriculum coordinator and one of my first project is focusing on lab safety. I've been searching for a quality lab video(s) about appropriate lab safety for a 6-8 science, biology, or physics. Chemistry has a number of great lab safety videos out there (I used ACS lab safety videos for years) but I haven't stumbled on an...
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Wed, Apr 21, 2021 7:15 AM in Writing in STEM
Another resource to help in writing lab reports can be found at https://labwrite.ncsu.edu/ " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">LabWrite for Students . What I have found especially helpful is the sentence starters that can be found in the resources. The biggest stumbling block for my students is often around starting their response. They haven't had sufficent experiences w...
Tue, Apr 20, 2021 8:31 AM in Chem for those who do not like it
I have found that shifting my course and focusing on literacy has helped reach students who may not find chemistry intrinsically interresting or too difficult. So for example, many students struggle with constructing written responses to questions being asked and so I give them sentence starters to help them organize their answers. I also have the students memorize around forty (40) of the most c...
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