Balloon Orbitals
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Balloon Orbitals

 

I decided to try something new this year with my Chem students: we made balloon orbitals! Below are some pictures and more information about this fun and short activity:

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Use Remind to Keep in touch with your students!
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Awesome tool to stay in touch with students: The Remind app! 

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you need or want to send a notification to your students for one reason or another? Maybe you forgot to tell them what the homework was. Or maybe you just want to send them an encouraging message during finals week. A couple of years ago I heard about this great new service/app for staying in touch with your students (or parent community, team etc) and it’s FREE!!!!! I was nervous about having a communication tool between me and my students. I didn’t want them to have my phone number or be able to text me with questions constantly. This app makes it so that they don’t see my number and I don’t see theirs. I also turned off the capability for them to reply to my texts (I much prefer the one-way-communication). I decided to give it a go last year because all of my high school students have phones and check them non-stop (note: a phone is not required to sign up for this service, they can also use their email). This was my experience using the Remind app:

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Feel-good Friday!

I read a couple of sweet and inspiring articles a couple of months ago and decided that I wanted to share them with my students. I was trying to think of how I could squeeze it into a day and then I asked myself if it needed to be “squeezed in” or if it was something I felt was valuable enough to have a special chunk of time “carved out” specifically for it. This is what I decided…

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Some great ideas for using neon expo markers in the classroom!
Use these tips to help your students become more inspired and excited about your content!
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6 Ways to Create the Science Mindset

I have noticed that when my students are in the right mindset, they tend to learn with more enthusiasm and are typically more focused. I have found that the following 6 ways tend to work well for creating a science mindset for my students when they are in my classroom working:

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Two Awesome Chemistry Demos to do in the First two weeks of school!! www.theardentteacher.com
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Two Fun Chemistry Demos to do in the First Week of School (or anytime!)

Are you looking for a fun way to kick off your year to Chemistry? Here are two demos that you can do for your classes to help get them excited about Chemistry and science! These are very simple to do and set up and would be great for any age. Enjoy!

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Enjoy a tour of my new classroom: High School Chemistry!
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New School, New Classroom!

Last year, I decided to leave my middle school of 6 years and try my hand at high school. I got a couple of different job offers and decided to go with the one with which I had more of a connection. Actually, it’s more than a connection… I will be teaching Chemistry in the very classroom I took it in when I was in High School! Yes, I am returning “home” to give back to the very community in which I grew up! I must admit that it was strange walking into that classroom again, but this time as the teacher. I have so many wonderful science memories from my high school years and I am so excited to create fun memories for my new students on which to look back. Now, onto the tour of my new classroom!

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