I made the mistake of telling some moms at our homeschool co-op, that I will not be teaching Biology next year. I’d like to teach Chemistry. Why? Because I am getting tired of digging in frog guts and need something else to do, like making a structural modification devices.
So, I have been doing some reading and exploring all things Chemistry-ie and I have come to this conclusion. I don’t know what I am doing. There I said it. The math alone is making my eyeballs fall out one at a time and I am only on Module One in the Apologia Chemistry book! I’m also working through my daughter’s Saxon Alg. 1 book. It isn’t helping that much either. Seriously! Do I really need to do Chemistry? I need to clear my brain and I need a sign from God.
I am taking a break from the math to look at some Chemistry fun stuff. Looking doesn’t require thinking. That’s why your brain gets sucked out of your eyeballs while you watch stupid stuff on T.V.
I already have in my science library the following books I’d like to share with you.
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements – by Sam Kean – This is a fun book. I like the behind the scene stories of each of the elements. I haven’t finished the book, but like it so far.
The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe – by Theodore Gray This books is awesome. Has great photos of each of the elements, list some everyday uses, where it is placed on the Periodic Table, and other things I don’t understand like the Electron Ordering Filling. Say what?
llustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture – I haven’t really looked at this, but got it because one of my Twit friends, Melanie at FairlySquare Or Tressa at Tressays were talking about it. That meant I had to get it. Besides I ALWAYS add extra excitement to my class and I am sure I can find something in this book.
FREE Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements – I have this for my Nook. It doesn’t do anything, but it does make me look smart. All I have to do is leave my eReader open to this and people think I’m smart. Or not.
Besides getting some great books, I love watching educational science videos. As long as they are less than 10 minutes, I’m good. A short video might be just the thing to get a student to understand a concept. Works great in Biology and should work in Chemistry too!
After searching around, I found the Periodic Table of Videos. They look interesting enough. The professor behind the videos is Martyn Poliakoff (I think).
After watching the first video, I got my sign from God. I think He is telling me I should go ahead with the Chemistry.
This is Martyn Poliakoff. I saw this today 9/6/2012
And this was from 12/2010
A coincidence? I think not.
I’m going to need a whole lotta help next year!