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Using Stories to Teach Chemistry
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This Web Seminar took place on October 7, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Michael Tinnesand, former Associate Director of the ACS Education Division. In this Seminar Mr. Tinnesand focused the discussion on reading in chemistry. He talked about how some of the stories from the Chem Matters periodical can be used in the classroom to help students grasp chemical concepts.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

This is the first of four Web Seminars scheduled this fall in cooperation with the American Chemical Society. In this program, Mr. Tinnesand talked about reading comprehension strategies and explored a sample lesson on Green Chemistry to give a specific example of how to use this information in the high school chemistry classroom. Mr. Tinnesand also talked about some of the misconceptions surrounding the production of energy in chemical bonds and showed a sample calculation of bond energies.

Seventy-five (75) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Two participants attended the Web Seminar from locations outside the United States: Canada and Qatar.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I like Chem Matters and have used it before.”
  • "It provided me with the knowledge of Chem Matters as a resource that I could use in my classroom."
  • “Looks like quality, thorough and useful resource. Look forward to investigating articles further.”
  • "The opening helped me relate to how my students feel when they see our textbook, and the energy calculation is a great review for my bonding unit in AP chemistry.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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