My AP Chemistry Summer Assignment

In the online AP Chemistry teacher community, the assigning of summer work is a bit of a controversial topic. Some adamantly opposed, some saying it’s necessary, some using it as a way to weed out students who won’t do the work. Since I started teaching AP Chemistry 6 years ago, I’ve given summer work eachContinue reading “My AP Chemistry Summer Assignment”

Model Exploration for Maxwell-Boltzmann Distributions

Here’s the activity itself! Below is my commentary and explanations. Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution graphs are a way to represent the varying speeds of particles in a sample of gas. They are often tested on the AP Chemistry exam, and they get at the heart of a few important chemistry concepts: In previous years, I’ve used someContinue reading “Model Exploration for Maxwell-Boltzmann Distributions”

Mass Spectrometry Card Hunt!

With my Bohr model cards being a hit, I wanted to create something fun for mass spectrometry. Unfortunately, some mass spectra are hard to find or not labeled exactly the way I want, so I made my own. I used a Google spreadsheet to input the percentages for each isotope, then added the graphs. TheContinue reading “Mass Spectrometry Card Hunt!”

Bohr Model Cards and Periodic Trends Model Exploration (fake POGIL) Activity

Nothing motivates me to create new teacher materials more than a failed lesson. After this year’s first lesson about periodic trends and Coulomb’s Law ended in blank stares when asked to explain why atomic radius decreases across a period, I knew I had to do better for my AP Chemistry students. Here is what IContinue reading “Bohr Model Cards and Periodic Trends Model Exploration (fake POGIL) Activity”

Graphing WASB Titration Curves on Giant Graph Paper

Note: This lesson could totally be adapted for SASB titrations as well. Here’s the lesson I used for SASB this year. Before Class (introducing WASB Titration & pH Calculations) Before my students came to class, they watched this video I made and took notes on this notes sheet. In the video, I do pH calculationsContinue reading “Graphing WASB Titration Curves on Giant Graph Paper”

Strong Acid / Strong Base Titration pH Calculation Practice

The Case of the Missing Data and the Dishonest Chemistry Students! In the past, I’ve lectured on this SASB titration pH calculations, then because of time constraints, students had little to no time to actually practice it themselves. This year, I finally got around to creating a flipped classroom video of how to do theseContinue reading “Strong Acid / Strong Base Titration pH Calculation Practice”

Designing the book cover for Malfunction Junction

If you haven’t heard me talk about it enough already, some friends and I made a book! It’s a Memphis-themed anthology called Malfunction Junction: Memphis Stories of Stops, Starts, Wrong Turns, and Dead Ends. You can buy copies at Novel (see photo of Alondra and I posing in front of the display below), and we’llContinue reading “Designing the book cover for Malfunction Junction”

I’m a science teacher. Next year, I’m teaching a Science Fiction and Fantasy English class.

I hated English in high school. If there was one class I thought I’d never want to teach…it’s English. Reading was kind of boring, writing was a lot of work for little gain, and grading papers…no, no, no, no. Yet, here I am entering my 10th year of teaching at Collegiate, and I’m about toContinue reading “I’m a science teacher. Next year, I’m teaching a Science Fiction and Fantasy English class.”

A Year of Making Science Videos

A year ago, I sat in front of my computer, frustrated and on the verge of angry tears. The pandemic had become real a week earlier. My school closed its building, and we spent a week planning for fourth quarter “emergency online learning.” It was a fast transition, but one my school did well. WeContinue reading “A Year of Making Science Videos”

Curriculum notes from my first year teaching Anatomy & Physiology

A few weeks ago, clearing out some storage space filled with long-forgotten binders of notes from my education classes, PDs, and conferences, I stumbled across my notes from the first year I taught A&P. What I most remember was teaching myself the content over the weekend so I could teach it to my students theContinue reading “Curriculum notes from my first year teaching Anatomy & Physiology”