The General Chemistry Symposium welcomed attendees with two days of informative talks and discussions as well as a social event the first evening with interesting posters, wine, and appetizers. There was a feeling of appreciation at CSU for providing this opportunity for those of us who are dedicated to the effective teaching of chemistry. We hope each year to expand the topics for presentation and discussion and to include teachers also in high schools and middle schools as well as parents of home school children. The main objective of the symposium is to present a forum to discuss the many different aspects and difficulties in teaching our subject. Let’s keep moving forward and upward in our endeavors to teach the subject effectively. Thanks to all that were in attendence. You made the symposium a success. We hope to see everyone next year.
We have created several initial forums on Pathways to Chemistry for teachers. Even though this is a chemistry website, the challenges and rewards of teaching are the same regardless of the topic. Both parents that homeschool their children and teachers are welcome to discuss the issues and challenges of teaching in both the classroom and at home. To guarantee your privacy, registration is required to participate in the forums. Once you are registered, you can read posts (right now there are no posts), reply to posts, and start new topics. We can all learn from each other’s experience in teaching. We can discuss topics on teaching techniques, new and old ways to approach subject matter, challenges that we are faced with in our teaching in small and large classrooms and the home classroom, as well as issues that affect our teaching.
Everything for the symposium is all set!! Many people have worked hard over the last few weeks and are still working to make sure the event is well organized and enjoyed by all who attend. We are excited to see old friends and meet new ones. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to exchange ideas and share our knowledge about teaching chemistry. It will certainly be an informative session. If you are thinking about attending the symposium, you can still register–it is not too late.