JC Chemistry Tutor – Keeping Teaching Simple
As a teacher who teaches chemistry at advanced level, it isn’t easy to simplify core chemistry ideas and deliver it to students with a lasting impact.
With the advent of information technology, we are constantly seduced by the “bells and whistles”. Things which grabs students’ attention momentarily but doesn’t leave them a lesson they wouldn’t forget. As an educator, it is easy to teach content because we already know the content. However, to teach in a way that students grasp the core idea and remembers it long after the lesson takes a gargantuan amount of effort from a JC chemistry tutor these days.
I’ve recently read a book by Chip and Dan Heath titled “Made to Stick”, it contains a section which is addressed to teachers. I will share some of the lessons gleaned from the book in this post and a few more posts.
“To make an idea simple, first find the core […]then anchor it in knowledge that your students already have.” – quote from the book “Made to Stick”.
I will try to implement this in my lessons next year, find the one core idea that i want every student to learn for the lesson. Then use their prior knowledge from secondary school to anchor this new idea.
A few challenges i can foresee:
- Advanced H2 syllabus specifically requires students to explain concepts using scientific terminology. This means they HAVE to use key words and phrases.
- Numerous concepts to cover but i only see them once a week, limiting the lesson to one core idea will be challenging.
- Abstract chemistry concepts that does not extend from prior knowledge from secondary level.
Even though there are challenges, this is a goal i will strive towards in 2019. To make my lessons “stick”.
I will leave you with a short clip from 3 idiots, the movie.
JC Chemistry Tutor, Mr Khemistry