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Changes Coming to Chemistry in 2014 - 2015
For the first time in about nine or ten years, I will be making some significant changes to the organization of my chemistry course. These will take effect during the 2014 – 2015 school year. Since these changes impact the users of my site, I am taking the time to share both the upcoming changes as well as the thought process behind the changes. Learn more about the upcoming changes in in the ScienceGeek WordPress blog. I've also added a page showing my initial plans for the blending of existing California standards and the new NGSS guidelines. You can access it on the Chemistry Standards page.
The Chemistry Page will give first year chemistry students access to all of the notes, worksheets, labs, Powerpoints and other important documents for my General Chemistry classes. You may also access your current grades, a current Course Calendar, as well as links to free chemistry software. Interactive review activities for important concepts, organized by units, are provided to help the student prepare for important benchmarks and tests.
I've been given word that there WILL be a section of AP Chemistry for the 2015 - 2016 school year. I've already posted the new AP Summer Assignment Packet in case you want to get an early start. However, you will still have to obtain a packet from the Learning Director and SIGN FOR IT or you will be dropped from the class! I've also posted to my blog about the the qualities that make a successful AP Chemistry student. Do your self a favor - read it before registering for the course.
The AP Chemistry Page hosts the resources for the class, which include PowerPoints in HTML 5 and Flash format, notes, review activities, and a calendar. Though I am not teaching the course this year, I am going to continue to invest energy in converting these resources to align with the College Board's new AP Chemistry Framework. Though I developed the resources for my AP students, they will probably also prove useful to college students taking a first year chemistry course.
I am not teaching Biology during the 2014 - 2015 school year. I will continue to provide access to my course materials, including Powerpoints (web-based and offline formats) and interactive review activities to help the student prepare for important benchmarks and tests. I may even find the time to add a few new things, so check back often.
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