Caroline Encomienda

I teach 11th grade Chemistry.




Waipahu High School

Recent Posts by Caroline

Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:37 PM in Virtual Labs
Yes, virtual labs and simulations are helpful to some extent especially when time, materials and supplies are limited. I have mostly used PhET simulations and NSTA scipacks/sciguides. I do agree with Rochelle that these virtual labs and simulations have their disadvantages. I also believe that students learn more when they have first hand experience of the labs or experiments. The errors and m...

Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:40 AM in Electron Orbitals
This year, we introduce electron orbital through a screen cast video in while students took notes on the video for homework. After the screencast videos, we discuss their notes in class and then give students pra...

Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:36 AM in Science Lessons for Inclusion Students
Thank you all for sharing … This year I am co-teaching with a Special Ed teacher in one of my Chemistry classes. My SpEd teacher is really great and most of our special needs students have been working hard. We have tried all the suggestions given by Dawn. We have utilized them with our students except for two students ~ one who have a learning disability and the other a behavior problem. I ch...

Recent Reviews by Caroline

Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:19 PM
4 Chem Reactions Resources
Chemical Reactions SciGuide provides a wealth of information and resources that are very useful in teaching and learning Chemistry concepts. There are four Themes - A World of Reactions, Matter and Energy, Rates of Chemical Reactions and Types of Reactions, each contains content article of concept presented with lesson resources, keyword descriptions of various website links for teachers and students, and additional resources like media, NSTA Resource Collections and Community Forums. Opening each of the themes will offer teachers more exciting and interesting ways of introducing and teaching chemistry concept to students. I very much like the NSTA Interactive activities specifically the “Identifying Products”. I utilized it to introduced Predicting Products of Chemical Reactions lessons to my students. I would like to see more variety to the different types of chemical equations. I enjoyed browsing through the list of Sites for Teachers and Students. There were really good website links that connects to simulations, interactive activities, tutorials, online quizzes and more. Unfortunately, I believe it needs updating because there were some links that were no longer working. The lesson plan includes multiple SciGuide Resources that address specific content with website links too. Then in each thematic page, one will find Other Resources which provides a SciGuide map. I realized that although most of the information in this SciGuide is geared towards grade levels 5-8, I find them appropriate to use in introducing difficult concepts to high school general chemistry students.