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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)

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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

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How less really is more when it comes to learning

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The glow stick reaction

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

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Oscillating magic?

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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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How to teach 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

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Understanding comes with writing

17 April 2019By

How writing builds learning

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Thinking about thinking promotes problem solving

3 April 2019By

Metacognition helps learners find solutions

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Promote understanding with practical work

27 March 2019By

When experiments build knowledge

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Reduce cognitive load to build knowledge

20 March 2019By

Structure tasks to improve learning

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How to help students decode science vocabulary

13 March 2019By

The keys to understanding the language of chemistry

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