Teaching Strategies

Topic Strategy Title Description
Lego Models and Sphere Representations

Use Lego pieces. For example, HCl built out of Lego. Use a little blue brick and a yellow one, showing physically that on this side you’ve got one blue Lego brick and then on this side you’ve got two and so on, trying to make them see them not as chemical formulas but identities of some sort....

Video Models

Use Roy Tasker’s video model VisChem, or Kahn Academy, and post on Blackboard. There are a lot of online formative practise quiz questions, for example, in Kahn Academy.

Link to VisChem


YouTube Tutorials

Use YouTube tutorials. See the example below.

Link to YouTube Video: Stoichiometry

Clicker Questions

Use clicker questions in a lecture. Use multiple choice questions and you can see the class distribution, that is, what percentage of students got it right. If a lot of them don’t get it right, go through it again. That really helps to get the feedback from students about their understanding....

Be Mathematically Strict

They’re stepping into an area where they must do calculations and they must support them with strictly mathematical algebra, so that when they’re doing calculations it’s clear what the data is and what the units are and how these all fit together to make up the calculation they’re doing. So it’s...