On Wednesday, Feb. 8 LCU hosted the 3rd annual CHEMTeach Academy, which welcomed 24 high school teacher participants from various Texas school districts to train in chemistry teaching methods and labs.
The annual academy has grown to be both sought after and well-attended. Though the current attendance cap is 24 participants, ChemTeach also had a waiting list for area chemistry teachers.
Julie Marshall, Amanda Boston, and Jessica Rogers led the training with a curriculum they created intended to help the teachers cover objectives from the state objectives (TEKS).
“They are especially appreciative of the student-centered, hands-on, active learning activities that we provide them to teach the TEKS for chemistry,” said Rogers. “Their teaching is tied directly to the state standards, TEKS, so we base our activities directly on those TEKS.”
ChemTeach serves as both a training and a recruiting tool: local students learn directly from teachers who learn from and stay involved with LCU.
ChemTeach Academy is offered through the Education Service Center Region 17 (ESC17) to provide local teachers with continuing education credits that will benefit them in their academic subject. Michelle Sedberry, the ESC17 Science Coordinator, worked closely with LCU to plan and promote the event to Texas science teachers.
Rogers looks forward to seeing ChemTeach continually succeed. “We take special care to develop labs and demonstrations that are environmentally friendly and do not produce any hazardous waste that must be professionally disposed of,” said Rogers It is a great time for these teachers to share ideas with each other and us about successful teaching strategies in their classrooms.”
Rogers and the other chemistry and biochemistry faculty at LCU hope to continue offering hands-on, transformative learning experiences to students and teachers both.