Chemistry is Awesome

Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:09 PM

OMG! I love chemistry so much. (Do not respond. This is just a post made for the webinar)

Jesse Bechnainou
Jesse Bechnainou
335 Activity Points

Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:33 PM

Even though you said not to respond, teachers who may not share this enthusiasm may be curious why you say chemistry is "awesome" (as a former chemistry major, I would agree). How can teachers share this kind of enthusiasm with students?

Mary Bigelow
Mary Bigelow
7505 Activity Points

Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:24 AM

Im on the contrary side when it comes to chemistry as a fun subject. Simply learning about the periodic table sounds too boring. I remember in high school my classmates and I had to memorize the elements on the periodic table. What was more devastating was understanding how to count atoms. That was horrible! They expected us to memorize the number for each element and how many neutrons, protons, and electrons each had. My brain simply could not take all this information. I felt that information was irrelevant because I was not going to use it in the real world. If you ask me about the periodic table, my response would be that I do not know. I wish there were other ways to implement chemistry in lessons that do not necessarily have to include students memorizing elements.

Lory Hernandez
Lory Hernandez
283 Activity Points

Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:39 AM

Hello Lory-

I wish that you had had a better experience in high school chemistry. For me, it was all about the labs - and seeing how (and why!) things react the way that they do with each other. I agree that just memorizing the periodic table isn't the greatest idea. Knowing that the Group IA metals have a single valence electron - which explains their extreme reactivity (sodium explodes in water!) is much more interesting.

Cris DeWolf
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