© 2017 by Emily Rose Seeber. 

I believe that high quality teaching is a skill that must be developed through constant deliberate practice. This means:

  • a constant process of reflection

  • willingness to listen to others and try new ideas

  • spending time observing others' lessons and putting their best ideas into use in your classroom

  • engaging with educational research

  • discussing teaching and learning with colleagues regularly

 

The art of teaching is not innate: it is a skill which needs to be honed. 

The subpages of this section of the website are dedicated to breaking down ways of teaching some of the trickier topics at IGCSE and A-Level in Chemistry. 

So far I have provided teaching ideas and resources for Structure and Bonding and Rates of Reaction; however, more topics will be added over the coming months. 

Blogs, videos and photos

Chemistry is a practical subject. However, for practical work to be effective in the classroom, teachers need to be expert practical chemists, but also expert teachers. Practical work can often be seen by students as an excuse for a chat at the back of the lab, rather than as a stimulating, intellectual and experimental process which is the real purpose of Chemistry lessons. 

Practical work should include a mixture of the following:

  • opportunities for planning and investigating phenomena

  • opportunities to deepen the theoretical knowledge of the students

  • making excellent observations

  • engaging demonstrations

  • consolidation of practical procedures and methods

  • opportunities for  analysis of practical results

  • evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of different methods