It is widely acknowledged that continuing professional development plays an important part in allowing teachers to maintain excellent practice. It is important for teachers to be able to keep up to date with knowledge in their field and learn about different pedagogical approaches. However cost, time and distance act as barriers to teachers accessing CPD. As technology continues to advance there are opportunities to remove, or at least reduce, some of these barriers.
At the beginning of June The Royal Society of Chemistry launched Quantitative chemistry – the first in a new series of online courses. While an online course cannot replace face-to-face training there are a number of advantages, these include being able to dip in and out of content at your own pace and the flexibility to try out strategies and activities in your own classroom while working through the course.
The Developing expertise in teaching chemistry series will be composed of 14 courses, each one designed to consider how students’ ideas about a particular area of chemistry develop and in doing so identify and address specific student misconceptions.
Quantitative chemistry covers topics such as conservation of mass, chemical equations, understanding the mole and titrations. This course can be accessed free of charge, for a limited time, all you need to do is create a free RSC ID when prompted.
The course is proving popular with teachers in the UK and internationally. Dr Debbie Moore from Weatherhead High School described it as, “an invaluable teacher and teaching resource; easy-to-use, informative and inspiring”.
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