Last full day of BCCE and what a day it was! Started the day with an amazing plenary speaker, Holly Walter Kerby and her work with Fusion Science Theater. She talked about the aspects of a good play and how to use that same idea when doing a demonstration. This engages the learner, helps them focus on the concepts behind the demo, and gives them an active role in the experience.
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Hi. If you're at the BCCE and considering talks for Thursday morning, please consider coming to my talk at 10:15 in MAK A1117 (Erin Wasserman). I will be talking generally about high school enrichment programs with a big focus on the practical side of how to set up and run a science research program. You'd be surprised at how an authentic research experience can imapct a young kid!
Greg Rushton and I presented in the George Hague Memorial AP/IB Chemistry Symposium at the 2014 BCCE conference in Michigan. We are excited to highlight the first SPECIAL ISSUE of the Journal of Education covering AP Chemistry. Given the new AP Curriculum, the time was right to put out a call for papers last year asking stake holders to weigh in on the topic. We are happy with the well rounded response and hope you will take a look at the issue. Most of the articles are already live on the JCE Web site. We are interested in your comments and also encourage suggestions of topics for future Special Issues that will be of interest specifically for the high school audience.
If you are like me and unable to attend BCCE 2014, there is still a way to be part of the action. Twitter! Even if you don't have a Twitter account, you can follow tweets from participants that are there "live tweeting" the action.
Another fabulous day surrounded by chemistry teachers from high schools, 2 year colleges, and universities from all around North America! This morning I attended a workshop which presented 4 Target Inquiry (TI) activities. Though I am a TI graduate, there are many activities I have never seen before.
Happy BCCE week to y'all! I am enjoying being back at my alma mater, Grand Valley State University. This morning I attended a symposium focusing on what it means to be a professional and how to continue to grow throughout your career. The strand running through each presentation was time and collaboration.
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Parents are rebelling against the Common Core, even though its approach - fostering intuition through real-world examples - is the best way to teach math to kids. The real problem: No one has shown the teachers how to teach it.