Student Centered Approaches to Teaching Chemistry

Over the past few decades student-centered pedagogies have become more popular. Research in teaching and learning shows clearly that students learn better in a constructiveness model where the teacher is a guide, providing opportunities for the students to wrestle with new knowledge. This transition from the teacher being the “sage on the stage” has led to several projects and methods of student-centered teaching. Problem Based Learning (PBL), Peer-led Team Learning (PLTL), Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) and the Modeling program from ASU are all examples of vast teacher networks that develop and share student-centered techniques. For this symposium I invite anyone who would like to share their success with these or other student-centered pedagogies.  This may include activities you have developed, classroom management techniques you use,  or research you've gathered on the effectiveness of these techniques.

Symposium organizer:  Laura Trout
Presenters: Laura Trout, Deborah Herrington, Mare Sullivan, Jim Ross

Be part of Generations Symposium – mentoring and learning together

Generations Symposium will be a series of short 5-minute presentations done in teams consisting of an experienced ChemEder partnered with a first-time presenter. There will be two demonstrations per team with each partner presenting one prepared demo. The “narration” of his/her demo will be provided by the other team member. Experienced demonstrators will work with new presenters to share hints and techniques as the team members learn and describes each other’s demo. Come with your partner or have one assigned.  The symposium is scheduled later in the conference in order for partners to meet and have time to prepare together. Generations is a welcoming environment for all presenters and embraces teacher mentorships.

To be part of Generations Symposium, complete the online proposal submission and indicate when asked, whether your presentation will be part of a symposium (select Generations).  If you already have a partner, indicate your partner’s name as co-presenter.  If you do not have a partner, indicate “experienced presenter needed” or “new presenter needed” in the co-presenter field.

Symposium organizer: Andy Cherkas
Presenters: Andy Cherkas, Cathy Cherkas, Ken Lyle, Natalie Miller, Sue Bober, Jill Stirling, Doug DeLaMatter, Faye Twiddy, Kathleen Holley, John Eix, Glen Vance, Trey Seastrunk, Shannon McGee

George R. Hague Jr AP Chemistry

Learn how to improve your AP Chemistry class and get better scores on the exam. Learn from some of the most experienced teachers in the field, share ideas, make new contacts, find out about the revised College Board curriculum, etc.

Symposium organizer: Harvey Gendreau
Presenters: Serena Magrogan, Jamie Benigna, Paul Price, Dennis Kliza, Terri Taylor, Diane Krone, Bettyann Howson, Michael Jansen, Roger Kugel

Discrepant Events 

This symposium will consist of 15 minute demonstrations in which the audience [students] is asked to predict the outcome, however the outcome is not what is usually expected. The result is an opportunity for thinking, discussion, learning more about the topic and should lead to further investigation.

Symposium organizer:  Andy Cherkas
Presenters: John Eix, Ken Lyle, Natalie Miller, Doug DeLaMatter, Andy Cherkas, Al Hazari

Environmental Chemistry

This symposium consists of three presentations that range from measuring our environmental footprint to measuring and gauging pollutants. All three speakers have spent over 30 years at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.

Symposium organizer: Ray Clement
Presenters: Dave McLaughlin, Denis Corr, Ray Clement