Reflection: Student Ownership Introduction to Acid Base Theory - Section 5: Application


In a truly student-directed classroom, it is inevitable that on some days students will be in slightly different places within a lesson at any given time.

To allow for this differentiation, I try to structure lessons so that there are different levels of learning activities. In this lesson, I wanted everyone to have time to complete the reading questions, but I did not want students who finished early to become idle, as idle students often become restless and disengaged.

So, having students memorize the names and formulas of some common acids and bases was the go-to activity for students who completed the main assignment. Students who did not have time to memorize in class are asked, as are their classmates, to work on this for homework. This work is not busy work—we use these chemicals in the lab, and the chemical formulas reinforce the definitions of what acids and bases are.

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Introduction to Acid Base Theory

Unit 7: Acids and Bases
Lesson 2 of 12

Objective: Students will be able to differentiate between different definitions of acids and bases.

Big Idea: Definitions for acids and bases evolved as our understanding of how acids and bases are formed and how they interact became more refined.

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