P911: Teaching outside the “traditional”

Author: Laura E. Slocum, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, USA

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Date: 8/6/14

Time: 3:05 PM3:25 PM

Room: MAK A1151

Related Symposium: S67

After teaching first year and AP chemistry for 12 years, in what I would call a fairly traditional way, I was given the opportunity to build two new one-semester high school chemistry courses to offer as electives to juniors and seniors. These two courses took off in ways that I never expected and became signature programs for the school I was teaching at then. They also made me start to think about other ways to teach my first year and AP chemistry courses. During this presentation, I will share about these courses – Intro to Organic Chemistry and Intro to Biochemistry and how they changed me as a teacher and helped to better prepare my students for college.

P357: Making choices: Being yourself in the classroom

Author: Laura E. Slocum, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, USA

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Date: 8/4/14

Time: 2:05 PM2:25 PM

Room: MAK A1111

Related Symposium: S35

Often we try to teach like everyone else or like someone else tells use how we have to teach, rather than being the person we really are in the classroom. Fearful of losing our job, not knowing how to say “no”, or for a number of other reasons, we often take on too much and as a result become overwhelmed. So, how do you make changes? How do you juggle the changes you want to make and others that you may have to make without becoming overwhelmed? I will share some ways that I have made changes that have really benefited my students and myself.