Some of the terminology that we use in chemistry can be extremely confusing for students! One such example is when we talk about bonding. A bond is the name given when electrostatic forces of attraction between oppositely charged particles are balanced with the kinetic energy that would cause them to move away from each other... Continue Reading →

The equilibrium law is a tool used by chemists to help them work out how best to manipulate chemical reactions to achieve the greatest yield of the desired product. For a reaction mixture at equilibrium at a certain temperature, the ratio of the concentration of products to reactants will remain constant. We call this ratio... Continue Reading →

Flow

I hit a state of flow in my teaching today. For those that don't know, flow is neatly explained in this TED talk (link). I got lost in the lesson. Everything seemed to work. Why? The topic was interesting, and this great resource from Kurk Gesagt's In a Nutshell series kicked it off (link). The... Continue Reading →

So what is a concept anyway?

So what is a concept anyway? UWCSEA is working hard to utilize concept based teaching and learning (CBTL) at the school. It is an exciting journey and one that has already borne fruit for me personally. Through concept mapping units before I teach them, I have gained a greater insight into the connections between concepts... Continue Reading →

Selling my classroom

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it” A recent experience got me thinking about how I might introduce my vision for learning in my classroom to my students and I believe that this idea from Simon Sinek helps immensely. In his TED talk on The Golden Circle (which you can... Continue Reading →

The teachers are your school

In a short, yet thought-provoking article, George Couros reminds us that it is people that bring missions and visions to life. At UWCSEA, most teachers ascribe to being lifelong learners. We have a great mission, but it’s nothing without the people who can turn it into a reality. Therefore, as a school, we must constantly... Continue Reading →

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