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  • How are the sciences timetabled at KS4 in schools? (Draft)
    Take part in our online survey exploring models used for timetabling of the sciences at GCSE. The Royal Society of Chemistry is working with the Association for Science Education, Institute of Physics, Royal Society, Royal Society of Biology and Shift Learning to gather feedback from those who have a strong knowledge of how the sciences are ... more...
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    Do you teach chemistry to A Level, Higher or Leaving Certificate students in the UK or Ireland? If you do, we need your help with a short survey about your students' degere choices. We're seeing a downward trend in applications to study chemistry at university that isn't fully explained by any change in entries to pre-degree qualifications. We'd like ... more...
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    As a professional body, we encourage all of our members to develop their technical and professional skills by undertaking continuing professional development (CPD). This can take many forms including formal, structured training courses. To help our members decide on valuable and appropriate training for their needs, we started a programme to ... more...

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The last Education in Chemistry features a lovely, and striking, demonstration of the reaction of copper with Nitric Acid - December's Video of the Month on the Talk Chemistry home page.

As Declan Fleming, author and host of the accompanying video, explains:

The dramatic reaction between copper and nitric acid ought to be seen by all post-16 students. It provides an excellent opportunity to explain observations using the electrochemical series and makes the point that there's more to consider about an acid than its dissociated protons. As well as showing how dramatically copper reacts with nitric acid, this adapted demonstration also uses the high solubility of nitrogen dioxide to initiate a pleasing fountain.

Check out the Education in Chemistry article for full details of the procedure and accompanying safety notes, or watch the video below:

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Posted by Duncan McMillan on Dec 5, 2011 11:38 AM GMT
Vicky Wong’s “Inspirational Chemistry – Resources for Modern Curricula” (IC) was produced in the run up to the 2006 curriculum changes with a view to getting more modern chemistry contexts being introduced into lessons.

Thumbing through the book, it feels as if you’re getting the opportunity to sit down with an experienced teacher who has had time to research and prepare some quality demonstrations, practicals (both variations on classics and completely novel ideas), starters, guided question sheets, modelling exercises and other activities. You then get to nick the lot!


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Posted by Declan Fleming on Oct 27, 2011 1:17 AM BST


Tom Joliff's Chemistry for the Gifted and Talented contains a range of activities to stretch the more able students in your class. These range from su doku style activities (which I'm personally less fond of) through to much more interesting concept and model challenging activities one of which I've attached after the jump....


Posted by Declan Fleming on Jul 17, 2011 9:09 PM BST
So today I found the most amazingly surreal paper from the 50s which discussed chemistry accidents that had happened in the last few years from across the US, UK, NZ and a number of other countries. It was a weird look back in time to attitudes around safety and access to chemicals and the (often morbid) cartoon graphics were incredibly surreal given the subject matter.

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Posted by Declan Fleming on Jul 7, 2011 9:25 AM BST
One of my all time favourite resources from the RSC is Keith Taber’s Chemical Misconceptions: Prevention, Diagnosis and Cure. It’s the one RSC resource I think I use more than any other. As it’s a resource I’m going to have to mention time and again here, I better start early so I don’t repeat myself too often.
CMDPC comes in two volumes. In the first, Keith explores the pedagogical minefield of chemistry, its origins and implications as well as some strategies for navigating it. The second is a little easier to pick up and run with because it has lots of resources ready to go whose value is immediately obvious.
Posted by Declan Fleming on Jun 15, 2011 2:23 PM BST
We've all been there - your students have just done their C1a exam and then the timetable means they have to go straight into a chemistry lesson next - THE INJUSTICE OF IT!

Well I have a remedy that will get them doing exactly what you want them to be doing whilst they think they're just being let play games for the lesson - this is oilstrike...
Posted by Declan Fleming on Jun 3, 2011 11:35 AM BST
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