One semester down, 1 more to go....

Hi all.

Thanks so much for reading.  Here I am again, another snow storm has reared its ugly head, and I'm finally able to have some downtime.  I've spent the last semester teaching three sections of honors chemistry, one section of academic chemistry, and one AP chemistry.  Oh, and yeah, during all that, I got married.  So I would think that one could understand why I haven't updated my blog more recently than September.  I've barely had any time to post any of my newest creations on my Teachers Pay Teachers site.  Thankfully though, I'm still posting.  In fact I've posted a bunch of my newest creations for advanced placement chemistry.

PPT: Introduction to Chemistry - AP
PPT: History of Atomic Structure, Naming and Formula Writing - AP
PPT: Review of Stoichiometry - AP
PPT: Solution Stoichiometry and Chemical Reactions - AP
PPT: Atomic Structure and Chemical Periodicity - AP
PPT: Gases - AP
PPT: Themochemistry - AP

It seems right now that I am the Power Point Queen in that class.  I'm still working on branching out of my comfort zone, but it can be tough, since this is the first time I've ever taught as this level and the timing is of concern with me.  I always feel pressed for time, and a strong drive to assess my students often due to this time constraint.  Even though the college board has taken out some topics due to their revised curriculum, I still find the curriculum very overwhelming and I can only imagine how my students must feel.  The other AP chem teacher assures me it's normal to feel like this, but I don't care so much about me - it's more about my students and if they're really able to get the most out the content in the time constraints we are given.  I guess we'll know in May when they take their exam.  Fingers crossed that I did something right this year.

So, how are your classes going?  Any words of encouragement as I set off to teach some of the hardest topics in all of chemistry: acid-base equilibria?  Let me know!

-MsRazz ChemClass (Karen)