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Chemistry Teaching Methods
CHEM METHODS
CLASS CODE: CHEM 405 CREDITS:  2
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: CHEMISTRY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - no GECode requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course will focus heavily on preparing students to be competent in laboratory procedures, including lab safety issues. Students will learn how to set up labs, order supplies, prepare and design laboratory experiments in the sciences. In addition students will become familiar with how demonstrations can be effectively used in the classroom. Ample opportunity will be given each student to practice the skills needed to effectively teach chemistry in the secondary schools. This course will also introduce the student to inquiry and process based science curricula. Students will become familiar with and learn to apply the national and state science and chemistry standards for teaching chemistry at the secondary level. (Offered Fall Semester)
DESCRIPTION: This course will focus heavily on preparing students to be competent in laboratory procedures, including lab safety issues. Students will learn how to set up labs, order supplies, prepare and design laboratory experiments in the sciences. In addition students will become familiar with how demonstrations can be effectively used in the classroom. Ample opportunity will be given each student to practice the skills needed to effectively teach chemistry in the secondary schools. This course will also introduce the student to inquiry and process based science curricula. Students will become familiar with and learn to apply the national and state science and chemistry standards for teaching chemistry at the secondary level.
TOPICS: Laboratory safety, demonstration methods, laboratory preparation, and National Science Education standards, Idaho science education standards, materials, chemicals and equipment used in chemistry teaching, evaluation of curriculum materials, professional societies and funding opportunities, instructional strategies in science (inquiry based teaching and learning, science process skills, learning cycle, open ended labs etc.) Technology in the classroom and lab (PowerPoint, probeware, online course components, digital images and video etc.) Building a portfolio.
OBJECTIVES: Students will become familiar with and proficient in using a variety of teaching methods such as inquiry, science process skills, open ended labs etc. Students will learn how to develop and plan a laboratory from start to finish. This will include obtaining the needed materials, preparing them, addressing safety issues, and teaching the lab to their peers. Students will learn to effectively present and critique science lessons. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of a variety of instruments. Present chemisty demonstrations to a group of peers. Demonstrate an understanding of both national and state science education standards and plan a course of study which implements these materials and develop a system for evaluating materials in the future. Demonstrate the implementation of assessment strategies appropriate for the learning style used and which properly evaluate student understanding of chemistry in accordance with the state and national achievement standards. Implement technology and professional
REQUIREMENTS: Lecture teaching 10%, laboratory preparation and teaching 15%, demonstration presentations 10%, Portfolio exit interview 10%, Class participation 10%, Quizzes 10%, Research project and presentation on a professional development opportunity 15%, Comprehensive plan for a secondary chemistry course 20%.
PREREQUISITES: Senior Status and completion of 23 credits in chemistry or consent of instructor.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2003