Here is a quote to start out the year:
Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do.You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.
-Mary Kay Ash
Why it’s Important to take Chemistry
Learning Chemistry offers students opportunities to problem solve in unique and creative ways.
The qualitative and quantitative aspects of chemistry require students to process and synthesize information from multiple perspectives.
When students inevitably ask, “why do we need to learn this?” my answer is if you can learn this you can learn anything!
Learning chemistry asks students to expand their thinking.Chemistry provides students with the abstractions to do just that. Atoms and molecules cannot be seen, yet we ask students to illustrate them and manipulate models to enhance their understanding.
Although understanding these concepts is not essential for survival, these insights enhance daily experiences.
Scientific literacy has become essential in society.Pollution, global warming, energy consumption, health, nutrition, etc., are chemistry based. Reading nutrition and product labels as well as medication information all require some knowledge of chemistry.
There are very few politically charged issues that don’t have a foundation in chemistry. Every day newspapers report on some event that can be related to chemistry, whether it is a chemical spill, toxic odor or catastrophic fire.
Learning Chemistry can be essential to your health and safety.
A sign I have hanging in my room:
Student: “WHY DO I HAVE TO TAKE CHEMISTRY?”
Mrs. Miles: “Because we will be practicing the thinking and communication skills that you will need toget a job.”
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