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General chemistry during the 2021-2022 academic year was an interesting and challenging time for post-secondary freshmen and sophomores. Many students had not had in-person classes for the last 12 months or more of their secondary or prior post-secondary education, which resulted in missed opportunities for developing studying and exam-taking skills critical for their success in the college classroom. Through a series of completely anonymous and voluntary pre- and post-exam surveys given over the course of the semester, student study habits and feedback about changes made throughout the duration of the course were collected and analyzed. This open feedback allows the instructor to adjust to student needs in real-time and focus efforts on the tools students are finding most helpful while also serving as a periodic reminder to the students of the types of support available to aid in success.
Ashley S. McNeill (she/her pronouns) is an assistant professor of chemistry and the director of pre-health professions advising for Springfield College in Springfield, MA, where she spends her days teaching chemistry survey, general chemistry, and (occasionally) analytical chemistry to droves of future health professionals, none of whom are chemistry majors. Her research background is in computational physical chemistry, meaning that she prefers her chemistry virtual rather than on a bench.
This past year, it seemed like more students than ever were struggling with their mental health than ever before, and in class teachers observed behavior issues that were disruptive and concerning. How can we as chemistry teachers support our students, help them find productive ways to deal with stress, and develop productive classroom routines? This is an informal discussion between like-minded chemistry teachers who want to have some constructive conversations to prepare for the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year. Come to listen to other teachers’ ideas, come to share your own strategies for helping students, and come for the collegiality!
Looking to convert your chemistry content to a three-dimensional format? Join Sarah English as she provides the process of how she transformed her intermolecular forces, solids and liquids unit to focus on the anchoring phenomenon of water on a penny. Individual models, small group consensus models, question formulation technique (QFT) are highlighted in this 5E approach. Questions and personal experiences are encouraged in this collaborative space!
Dr. Sarah English is a 1995 graduate of the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a1998 graduate of Niagara University with a Master of Science in Education. She received her PhD in Science Education from the University at Buffalo in 2006. Over the past 23 years, Sarah has taught Living Environment, Regents Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry at Sweet Home high school, was an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College teaching the science methods course and a member of the first cohort of the NYS Master Teacher program. Sarah is vice chairperson, director and chemistry subject area representative (SAR) for the Western Region of the Science Teacher Association of New York State (STANYS). She is passionate about collaborating with fellow chemistry teachers and has presented with local and national organizations such as NSTA and ChemEd X Talks.
Plan to attend the first ChemChat of the 2022-2023 academic year!
"WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR 2022-'23?"
ChemChats are monthly informal roundtable discussions on selected topics, held on ZOOM. They are aimed at high school and college chemistry teachers but are open to all STEM teachers. Come to share your ideas, come to ask questions, come to listen. The focus of this session is for teachers to identify and share their priorities for the '22-'23 school year and then brainstorm available resources as well as topics for future ChemChats.
Those who register will receive a link to the ZOOM by the morning of the 'Chat. ChemChats are sponsored and facilitated by NEACT and free to both members and nonmembers.
All are welcome--you do not need to be a NEACT member to attend. RSVP by 8/24 to be sent the meeting link.