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Evaluating your IA programme

The ‘new’ IB chemistry course is now in its fifth year. With this in mind, when was the last time you evaluated your IA programme? Is it time for a rethink? Have you settled into a routine that is more of a compromise as opposed to a system them works for you and your students? Find out more

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Primo Levi

You may or may not heard of Primo Levi. I came across his name recently when carrying out some research into graphene. The name seemed unusual to me and I thought I would dig a little deeper and see what I could find out. Find out more

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Silver chemistry

Silver offers some interesting opportunities to do something different with your teaching. You may teach about it / include it when you are looking at the halogens or when covering redox reactions. I hope this blog post gives you some ideas. Find out more

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Hydrogen

In chemistry, I guess we have things easy. We are putting on a number of lab sessions for students to investigate hydrogen - with the link being that this is a potential fuel that could be used in space rockets in the future. Find out more

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Using Catalysts in Lab Work – a Slightly Different Approach

I imagine that, as teachers, we all carry out a hydrogen peroxide decomposition using manganese dioxide. We may also demo cracking where we use aluminium oxide or silicon oxide as a catalyst. This aside, do we really make much use of catalysts in our lab work? Find out more

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Colorimetry

I love carrying out colorimetry, it is one of my favorite types of labs to carry out and I do believe that as teachers, it is a really underused type of lab and undervalued type of lab. I always teach the theory first, covering the ideas behind the Beer-Lambert Law and the way that a […] Find out more

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