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It's official - only 4 more days left in the school year! Each year I distribute an end of year survey to help me reflect on my teaching practice. This year, I still administered a survey, but my focus was a little different. In this post, I'll share the questions I asked and the results.
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Ms. Razz is an enthusiastic chemistry teacher in New Jersey.  She often counts herself to sleep at night using molecules or by reciting Avogadro's number. (For real.) She believes that every student has the power to learn anything, even chemistry.  After all, she remembers this hustle didn't always come easy to her. She's also a Teachers Pay Teachers seller and you can view and purchase her lessons here.
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It's finally here!

It truly is an exciting time to be a chemistry student!  My students love having an end of the year celebration to acknowledge all our accomplishments and hard work throughout the year.  In this episode, I'll discuss how I changed up this year's celebration with a brand new digital escape room.  I'll also share the details of my teaching assignment for next year.


I hope you are enjoying every minute leading up to the end of school.  Thanks so much for watching!

Ms. Razz is an enthusiastic chemistry teacher in New Jersey.  She often counts herself to sleep at night using molecules or by reciting Avogadro's number. (For real.) She believes that every student has the power to learn anything, even chemistry.  After all, she remembers this hustle didn't always come easy to her. She's also a Teachers Pay Teachers seller and you can view and purchase her lessons here.
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Hi!  Happy June!

Another week, another set of student-centered learning activities!  This week I'll share my favorite way to review for large exams.  I'll suggest some ideas to get your students engaged and motivated to do their best!


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Ms. Razz is an enthusiastic chemistry teacher in New Jersey.  She often counts herself to sleep at night using molecules or by reciting Avogadro's number. (For real.) She believes that every student has the power to learn anything, even chemistry.  After all, she remembers this hustle didn't always come easy to her. She's also a Teachers Pay Teachers seller and you can view and purchase her lessons here.
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It's our last official week before spring break!  It also happens to be the week of the NJSLA standardized tests.  What a combo!  Watch how I used the extra class time to try out some new lessons - including a digital escape room to teach about the chemistry of tie dye!  My students will use what they learned to create their very own tie dye tee-shirts.  It was a great way to end the week!


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If you are celebrating, have a Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

Ms. Razz is an enthusiastic chemistry teacher in New Jersey.  She often counts herself to sleep at night using molecules or by reciting Avogadro's number. (For real.) She believes that every student has the power to learn anything, even chemistry.  After all, she remembers this hustle didn't always come easy to her. She's also a Teachers Pay Teachers seller and you can view and purchase her lessons here.
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Do your students like group work?

Mine didn't, and I decided to find out why.  I'll offer advice on how I support my students learning interpersonal skills yet solve one of the biggest group work dilemmas.  I'll also share some resources I use in my classroom (POGIL) that help to encourage communication and collaboration while learning chemistry.

I hope this post inspires you to find ways to develop your students' interpersonal skills and find balance during your group work activities!  Thanks so much for watching!



Ms. Razz is an enthusiastic chemistry teacher in New Jersey.  She often counts herself to sleep at night using molecules or by reciting Avogadro's number. (For real.) She believes that every student has the power to learn anything, even chemistry.  After all, she remembers this hustle didn't always come easy to her. She's also a Teachers Pay Teachers seller and you can view and purchase her lessons here.
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Hi again!

This week we kicked off our study of kinetics by investigating the factors that affect reaction rate.  My chemists created their own experiments to understand the effect of changing concentration, temperature, and surface area on reaction time.  It was amazing to observe my chemists' meaningful discussions about their data, as well as hear them construct explanations for their findings.  I'll also show you the scaffolding I created to help my chemists think about their experimental design.

I hope this vlog will inspire you to try having your chemists design their own investigations!

Thanks so much for watching!



Ms. Razz is an enthusiastic chemistry teacher in New Jersey.  She often counts herself to sleep at night using molecules or by reciting Avogadro's number. (For real.) She believes that every student has the power to learn anything, even chemistry.  After all, she remembers this hustle didn't always come easy to her. She's also a Teachers Pay Teachers seller and you can view and purchase her lessons here.
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Yet another worksheet?

I've been in a little bit of a worksheet rut.  Our celebration of learning (aka unit test) on solutions is next week.  So instead of the same old study guide, I mixed it up with student-reflection and choice!  As an added bonus, I incorporated some tech using QR codes.  My chemists' discussions were amazing during the review, and I was able to do lots of small group instruction with struggling learners.  For our lab this week, my students performed titrations and I will discuss how I NGSS-ified this "cookbook" lab.



Ms. Razz is an enthusiastic chemistry teacher in New Jersey.  She often counts herself to sleep at night using molecules or by reciting Avogadro's number. (For real.) She believes that every student has the power to learn anything, even chemistry.  After all, she remembers this hustle didn't always come easy to her. She's also a Teachers Pay Teachers seller and you can view and purchase her lessons here.
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Happy Sunday!

This week seemed to fly by!  The focus was on the quantitative aspects of our solutions unit.  I made a series of flipped learning videos that explained units of concentration, making stock solutions, and dilutions.  At the end of the week, the students were challenged to make their own stock solutions and dilutions.  They were then able to reflect on their solution making skills by comparing their dilutions to unknowns using colorimetric analysis.  Finally, this week finished on a very high note with an incredibly inspiring in-service day.

Thank you so much for watching.  As always,  I hope my vlogs are inspiring you to include more student-centered learning into your classroom culture.

Have a great week!


Ms. Razz is an enthusiastic chemistry teacher in New Jersey.  She often counts herself to sleep at night using molecules or by reciting Avogadro's number. (For real.) She believes that every student has the power to learn anything, even chemistry.  After all, she remembers this hustle didn't always come easy to her. She's also a Teachers Pay Teachers seller and you can view and purchase her lessons here.
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Hi!  It feels so good to be back!

It was my first full week back to school since battling pneumonia.  Fortunately I am feeling better, and returned to school with a quite a few fun and engaging activities.

We finished our unit on stoichiometry by designing an airbag using knowledge of molar volume and mole conversions.  At the end of the week I introduced our new unit, with, you guessed it, a phenomenon!  For a different change of pace, I dug out the Mr. Sketch markers and poster paper for a Phenomodeling activity.  It was great to see my students relate their prior knowledge and experience to this phenomenon.  Finally, on lab day my students participated in an inquiry lab that introduced saturated, unsaturated, and supersaturated solutions.  It was a busy week in Ms. Razz's class that is for sure!


Have a great week!


Ms. Razz is an enthusiastic chemistry teacher in New Jersey.  She often counts herself to sleep at night using molecules or by reciting Avogadro's number. (For real.) She believes that every student has the power to learn anything, even chemistry.  After all, she remembers this hustle didn't always come easy to her. She's also a Teachers Pay Teachers seller and you can view and purchase her lessons here.
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Welcome back!

It was a shortened week between President's day and a surprising early dismissal.  But that didn't stop us from finishing our electrochemstry unit and diving into our unit on the mole.  Watch how I use an incredibly simple activity to introduce the mole concept with manipulatives. Try it with your classes - you will be amazed how quickly your students will be performing conversions with the mole and ACTUALLY UNDERSTANDING the relationships!


As always, I hope you feel inspired to incorporate more manipulatives and student-centered learning into your classroom!  Have a great week!

Ms. Razz is an enthusiastic chemistry teacher in New Jersey.  She often counts herself to sleep at night using molecules or by reciting Avogadro's number. (For real.) She believes that every student has the power to learn anything, even chemistry.  After all, she remembers this hustle didn't always come easy to her. She's also a Teachers Pay Teachers seller and you can view and purchase her lessons here.
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