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  • Are your students taking chemistry to the next level? (Draft)
    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...
  • Why do we approve our own training courses? (Draft)
    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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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....

 

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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.
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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...
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Posted by Declan Fleming on Jun 3, 2011 11:35 AM BST
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