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Critical thinking in the lab (and beyond)

24 January 2019By

Improving existing practicals

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Explaining electrolytes explicitly

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And why it’s necessary

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The effect of mentoring on teacher retention

14 January 2019By

Could mentoring be a good way to retain more chemistry teachers?

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Organic chemistry: encouraging problem solving, not goal scoring

14 December 2018By

How less really is more when it comes to learning


Retaining knowledge from practicals

27 November 2018By

Research shows how a novel pedagogy aids the retention of learning over time

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Structuring content for better learning

25 October 2018By

Helping pupils climb the learning ladder

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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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The rainbow flame demonstration

6 September 2018By

How to do it safely

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The genie in the bottle

18 June 2018By

Demonstrating the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide

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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

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Acids, bases and salts


Ideas, resources and activities for your classroom

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Retrieving knowledge already learned

13 February 2019By

The building blocks of knowledge

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How will we save our endangered elements?

11 February 2019By

Elements we risk losing this century

Nature Hackers

The nature hackers

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Chemical engineers are exploiting evolution to create perfect catalysts

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A question of substances

18 December 2018By

How science education research has inspired the BEST resources

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How do astronauts breathe?

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Live and breathe the life of an astronaut

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Improving practical work with integrated instructions

28 November 2018By

Do your students struggle to follow written instructions?

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