Visual Curriculum Designer
Have you ever wanted to grab a student by the hand and transport them deep into an atom and say, "See? This is the electron we are describing with quantum numbers. It is 4th from the lowest energy level, in the p subshell, oriented in the x axis and...Yup...has a minus 1/2 spin."
Or want to dive into a solution with student and say, "Look! That's what we mean when a precipitate is forming. It's not the first powder not going into solution. It's the result of a double displacement reaction where one of the products is insoluble."
When working with unprepared college students, I wanted so badly to be Mrs. Frizzle and show them what was happening when my chemistry explanations weren't enough.
But, I wasn't Mrs. Frizzle and I couldn't show them.
Or could I? That's when I began drawing and color coding everything in chemistry. If I couldn't take students into the atom, I was going to bring the atom to them in full color.
I started color coding when teaching balanced chemical equations. The students loved it and instantly got it with out a million follow up questions like, "Why are we doing this?" and "Can't I just put a little 2 instead of a big 2?"
I've been color coding and illustrating chemistry ever since that moment.
Now, I'm sharing everything I've learned with you.