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Live Blogging – Hydrate Chem Lab

Live! (sort of)
Observations on a lab day period in AP Chemistry (transcribed here after the lab period was complete)
  • 11:55 am – second bell rings – all students on time
  • 11:58 am – safety instructions delivered – students break into groups
  • 12:03 pm – AP Chemistry theme song starts playing on Pandora (“Everybody Hurts”)
  • 12:08 pm – Oops! Forgot to take attendance! Why is this so hard to do?
  • 12:10 pm – Students are taking pictures of the lab equipment and each other for their blogs
  • 12:15 pm – safety talk RE-delivered to a group that needs extra attention 🙂
  • 12:18 pm – some students are taking video of the colored flame
  • 12:20 pm – The first crucible of the year is broken right away! This isn’t the record but it is close
  • 12:26 pm – the lab lends itself to chatter and conversation – seniors getting to know sophomores
  • 12:32 pm – first lab group finishes lab data collection
  • 12:39 pm – most groups are finished and putting away their equipment
  • 12:40 pm  – the bell rings and those groups that are finished leave
  • 12:42 pm – lunch has started and a relaxed mixture of students finishes their work
  • 12:50 pm – only two groups remain – the group that broke the crucible and the “unsafe” group
  • 12:53 pm – only one group left – I admire the fact that they aren’t rushing to get results
  • 12:58 pm – remaning student asking questions light spectra and thermodynamics – awesome!
  • 1:03 pm – final group finished – students start comparing rough calculations
  • 1:10 pm – I am done and off to eat lunch during the remaining 15 minutes
Overall, I admire the earnest work and attention to details by all of the students in the lab. The first lab with a bunsen burner is always a treat, especially for the first-timers. And the amount of collegial conversations about the chemistry concepts always impresses me and I forget to acknowledge how naturally curious students can be. Granted this is an advanced course but they don’t have to be curious just because they know how to get good grades.

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This entry was posted on September 9, 2011 by in Chemistry, CLab, SHP and tagged , , .

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