Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Introduction to Redox Reactions - Section 2: Do Now/Activator


My students often complain about things they do not like from their other classes. One of the things they really hate is when a teacher starts class by asking them to complete a worksheet. “Here is a worksheet that I want you to work on today,” says the teacher.

Many students lose interest pretty quickly in the subject matter because they do not know why it matters. Chemistry is the study of matter and its interactions, so I should and do have an endless array of examples of how what we are doing in class relates to students’ lives.

In addition to explaining why it matters, I also work hard to explain how it relates to what we are working on. In this case, I note that the unit ends with them making a battery and explaining how it works. Contextualizing student work is an important component to having an engaged classroom.  As one student wrote in my end of year evaluation, “When I heard we were not going to do any labs for a whole week, I thought class would be boring. But you kept it interesting with stories and jokes, and I was surprised at how fun the class was in that week.”

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Introduction to Redox Reactions

Unit 8: Redox reactions
Lesson 2 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to define and explain terms related to redox reactions.

Big Idea: A common vocabulary is needed in order to explain scientific phenomena.

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