Month: December 2014

Happy Holidays!

Our gift to you this holiday season is an end-of-the-semester song by the talented Rick Bunt of Middlebury College (sung to the tune of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”): You’ve had Spanish and Bio And History and Calc, Physics and Econ And Poly Sci and Soch. But starting this fall… The most difficult course of them

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POGIL and Mechanisms are Natural Allies

Choosing a textbook is always an important part of class preparation, but when using Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) with a group of students of mixed academic and reading abilities, the choice is perhaps even more important. POGIL is an evidence-based teaching/learning method used across the country. Students work in structured groups to complete

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Surprises from Chapter 10

Organizing a course like organic chemistry with dense material and volumes of content to cover can be incredibly daunting. At times, it seems impossible to find a balance between giving fundamental concepts the attention they require and building up the toolbox of reactions for students to use at a reasonable pace. Like many professors, I

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