Thank you to everyone who came out to the Exhibition of Learning on Thursday night! It was so much fun to see everyone outside of the classroom! Last week the students wrote their third unit test (Unit C Organic Chemistry) and overall most students did very very well; I was very impressed! After that the chem 30s learned a lot of acid base equilibrium and received their first (of three) labs for this Unit D Acid Base Equilibrium.
I will admit that this is by far the most important and difficult unit in chemistry 30, and for this reason there are a lot of labs, projects and work in general for students to complete. At the same time, I do provide ample opportunity for students to work in class, and they have FLT to ask any questions they have. The curriculum learning will be completed prior to Christmas break, so the kids will have enough time to review, complete missing labs and in general prepare for the difficult unit test, in class final and inevitable Diploma Exam. All work will be given prior to winter break, to allow students the option to work on their chemistry over this free time (although it is not require nor expected that they will do so).
This week in Chem 30
Monday: Work Period
Tuesday: Topic 5 ICE Tables
Wednesday: Work Period
Thursday: Acid Base Quiz 1 (topic 1-5)
Friday: Topic 6 Buffers
Upcoming Due Dates for Chem 30
Wed Dec 9 (after school): Unit C REWRITE
Thurs Dec 10: Quiz 1
Fri Dec 11: Indicator Lab due
Fri Dec 18: Buffer Lab due (for 5% added)
I have also come up with a plan of attack for students to successfully work on their lab reports that are due, as many students complain that they are very busy. If they are using their time appropriately in class, it is possible to complete all workbook problems in the given 45minutes every class. This leaves FLT time, or homework time for students to work on the lab report. I have broken the lab into chunks so that students realize that one hour of "homework" a day in chemistry (YES I SAID 1 HOUR) goes a long way overall. The advised chunking for this lab would be as follows:
Weekend Work: ANALYSIS of RESULTS (max 2 hours)
Monday: Error Analysis + Follow Up Questions
Tuesday: Background Information + Objective + Hypothesis
Wednesday: Variables + Experimental Results + Sources
Thursday: Fix up anything you are missing and look it over
Friday: Hand in lab
Hope you have a great week this week!!!
Ms. Kendra Mogck