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Tackling spectroscopy

6 June 2019By

Get your students reading spectra like pros

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Does this resonate with you?

16 May 2019By

How to present confusing resonance representations to students

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Probing difficulties with quantum atomic models

4 April 2019By

What you can do to make grasping atomic representations easier

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Solving problems using experts’ decisions

25 March 2019By

New research demonstrates how decision trees help students apply their knowledge

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Critical thinking in the lab (and beyond)

24 January 2019By

Improving existing practicals

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Explaining electrolytes explicitly

17 January 2019By

And why it’s necessary

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The glow stick reaction

16 April 2019By

Light up the classroom with this simple, safe and value-for-money demonstration of chemiluminescence

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Oscillating magic?

25 February 2019By

Wow them with a colour change reaction

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Lighting up oxygen

8 January 2019By

Excite your students with chemiluminescence

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An icebreaker for thermodynamics

15 November 2018By

Your students can learn a lot of chemistry from watching water freeze

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States of matter and particle theory


Progressing from macroscopic to the microscopic world of the particle

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How to make lab work safe


Encourage students to assess risk effectively

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Chemical formulas and equations


What is the point of chemical equations?

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Monitoring reactions


Encourage students to observe and measure reactions

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Separation techniques


Distilling the essentials of separation

An image showing a male student and a teacher discussing different ways of representing water in solution, to challenge misconceptions about the particle model

Build understanding through debate

19 June 2019By

How to identify and challenge misconceptions

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How to teach scientific models

12 June 2019By

Be explicit when explaining models and their purpose

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Develop deeper understanding with models

5 June 2019By

How to bridge the gap between the ‘seen’ science and the ‘unseen’ explanation

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The science behind the headlines

30 May 2019By ,

Show students how to find the truth in the news

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Asking why builds learning

29 May 2019By

Questioning helps organise new information

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Reflect on your use of models

22 May 2019By

Use scientific models effectively

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