P370: Enhanced chemistry learning through instrument access and personalized secondary educator training
In June 2014 Ohio Northern University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry hosted its 4th annual High School Chemistry Teacher Workshop. The workshop is a weeklong residential workshop with a primary focus on laboratory activities and is held on ONU’s campus. The participating teachers work with ONU faculty mentors to develop a personalized plan and set of goals related to participation in the workshop. This plan is developed prior to their attendance at the weeklong workshop to allow for maximum productivity during the lab portions of the program. The workshop program involves a mixture of various professional development activities including training on the use of probeware, lab exercise testing and development, discussions of laboratory safety, the challenges of teaching chemistry, and the use of chemical demonstrations in the classroom. Each teacher receives one probeware unit for use at their school. In addition sets of probeware units are available to be rotated among the teacher participants during the following school year. The faculty mentors perform follow-up classroom visits to observe the implementation of lab exercises developed at the workshop.