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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 does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

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.
TAUGHT: Fall
CONTENT AND 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.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Design a safe, cost effective laboratory/demonstration program that helps to make more tangible the abstract concepts in chemistry.

Demonstrate the ability to perform correct laboratory procedure such as bending glass, reading a vernier, adjustment of a barometer, etc. that are not routinely taught in other chemistry courses.

Incorporate instrumentation, spreadsheets, computer simulations, games and technology into classroom presentations.

Appreciate the scientific method, the limitation of science, and the evolutionary nature of chemistry concepts.

Demonstrate the ability to effectively perform demonstrations.

Analyze and structure chemical concepts so that the sequential presentation of ideas is done in an order that will facilitate meaningful learning.

Explore chemical literature appropriate to the high school setting.

Know and demonstrate proper use and disposal of chemicals and improve safety.

Learn practical laboratory tips that reduce waste, save time, and improve safety.

Review the topics that are to be covered in a high school program and verify mastery of those concepts at least at the level they will be taught.
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: Completion of Secondary Education 370 and Chem 220 or Chem 351.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2003