Help with practical chemistry

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  1. iluvparis

    iluvparis New Member

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    Hello: I am a high school special ed teacher who has been asked to teach practical chemistry for the first time in September. I have never taught chemistry before and have no idea where to begin. I have some science experience but not in practical chem. I might add that I do not have curriculum to follow at this point. Since the students are not going for advanced diplomas, I can be flexible with what I teach and can have some fun with the students. I just need a guideline of what I could do so I can begin planning during the summer.

    Any ideas or help from all of you chemistry people would be so appreciated,

    Thanks!:dizzy:
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

    TeacherGroupie Moderator

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    Let's move this to the Secondary Education forum; the "Forum Guidelines and How-Tos" subforum is for a different purpose. I might also recommend prowling the Elementary Education forum for ideas.
     
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    beccmo Comrade

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    I think you can easily teach this using household items. Anything with a labelled list of ingredients could be useful. How about chemistry in the kitchen with cooking. Maybe also household cleaners (you can make your own organic versions).
     
  5. a2z

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    Are they getting a regular diploma? If so, what are the state standards for chemistry? You need to be following those standards if they are getting a regular diploma since special education students can't have a modified curriculum which it seems is what you are planning to do.

    Do you have resources in your district?
     
  6. beccmo

    beccmo Comrade

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    It is possible to teach many chemistry concepts so that they are less abstract. Consider materials science resources. This camp I went to was wonderful...many lab and demo ideas. Definitely worth a look to help you find activities that your students can benefit from.

    http://www.asminternational.org/portal/site/www/foundation/programs/
     
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    chemteach55 Connoisseur

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