Hello and welcome to the 1st Chemistry Education Blog Carnival. We’ve had a range of submissions including blogs, webpages and some very creative ways to share content! I’ve expanded the definition of ‘blog’ to include anything I can link to.
The theme was ‘most memorable teaching session’ and that’s about as wide as it comes. It’s also typically the first activity in many teaching courses.
One of the early submissions comes from Dr S who’s in the middle of teacher training. Last year he had the interesting task of lecturing and reflects on that experience: https://scottsned.com/2018/02/23/chemedcarnival/ It’s a heartfelt post with some very valuable advice for anyone stepping into the lecture theatre for the first time.
Dr Patrick Thomson, a teaching fellow, discusses his first Tea-ching session and the advantages of extending a warm welcome to students. https://handwavingchemistry.wordpress.com/2018/02/23/blog-carnival-memorable-teaching/
Dr Kristy Turner shares a recent experience using Knowledge Organisers with year 8, an interesting means of helping students learn in a way that could be widely applicable in high schools and beyond. https://dockristy.wordpress.com/2018/02/23/memorable-teaching-chemedcarnival/
I couldn’t make up my mind about my single most memorable teaching session – so many sprung to mind. Some for teaching related reasons, some because of the characters of the students involved! http://chemedblog.kjhaxton.co.uk/blog/?p=5741
The team at Education in Chemistry have solicited contributions from many colleagues. There’s lots of heart warming tales of making a connection with students or students making connections with difficult concepts, in one case through the power of song! https://eic.rsc.org/opinion/memorable-teaching/3008699.article
Dr Michael Seery takes a different approach, thinking back to an experience as a learner not a teacher. Inspiration for good teaching sessions comes from all sources, chemistry related or not. http://michaelseery.com/home/index.php/2018/02/a-memorable-teaching-scenario-for-chemedcarnival/
Prof Simon Lancaster continues the theme of lessons learned when recalling a particularly memorable chemistry laboratory experiment. It’s lovely to read how Simon’s returned to this particular incident on several occasions across a few years with different perspectives. https://lancaster.withknown.com/2018/the-most-memorable-teaching-session-i-have-participated-in
Dr Michael O’Neill joins us from twitter, also reflecting on an experience as a learner. I’m a big fan of props in teaching so balloon VSPER is really appealing! https://twitter.com/MichaelONeill89/status/967105068448219136
Dr Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh considers a particularly memorable conference presentation where she identified a way she’d love her students to feel in one of her teaching sessions. It’s obvious from the post that she remembers the enthusiasm very clearly! https://clarissasorensenunruh.com/2018/02/21/chemedcarnival-blog-post-1/
I think I found all the submissions but please drop a comment if I’ve missed anyone. I’ve really enjoyed reading the submissions and would like to do this again in the future. If anyone would like to host and come up with a topic, jump in!
And finally: homework! The RSC Twitter Poster competition is back on Tuesday March 6th with a ChemEd thread. If you’ve got some research worth sharing, I highly recommend it. If you just want to lurk, details are available: http://blogs.rsc.org/rscpublishing/2017/12/14/rsc-twitter-poster-conference-2018/