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  • April 11, 2024 4:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2 minutes into the April ChemChat on "Differentiation", internet died at my location in the midst of driving rain. It came back around 5 minutes later, but the one person that had signed on had left by then and neither of the the other two invitees signed in. So ... enjoy your month, folks!

    The May ChemChat is scheduled for 5/9. See "Events" to sign up.

  • February 05, 2024 3:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A small  but intense group discussed the problems (and joys) of implementing NGSS in the chemistry classroom. We discussed resources, especially for phenomena around which to craft curriculum and assessments.

    • You can see a video of the Zoom here.
    • You can access our folder of shared documents here.

    See "Events" to register for the March ChemChat. 
  • January 19, 2024 12:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    14 chemists had a great discussion on "Using Everyday Reactions as Anchoring Phenomena."

    You can watch a recording of the chat here.

    You can access a folder of shared ideas here.

  • December 14, 2023 5:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    OCTOBER saw 15 people with a lively discussion on teaching heterogeneous classes. We shared many of the same struggles, and some useful tips were shared. The link to watch this ChemChat is here.

    NOVEMBER saw 7 people talking about teaching EL and other language-challenged students. Massachusetts seems to be further along than other NE states in providing PD and support in this area.  The pros and cons of word banks, phone translators and other techniques were discussed. The link to watch this ChemChat is here.

    DECEMBER saw 10 people discussing anchor demonstrations. A folder of shared ideas can be found here. Ideas using elephant's toothpaste, historical recreations of the work of Lavoisier and Dalton, dry ice, and others were shared. The link to watch this ChemChat is here.

    The next ChemChat will be January 18th, 4-5 pm EST and the topic will be using everyday reactions to dive deep into chemistry. Registration is now open under Events. ChemChats are free to everyone: you do not need to be a member of NEACT to join in. [But please consider joining!]

  • October 31, 2023 7:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Northern Division meeting has been moved to March to accommodate two dynamic speakers: Anjana Iyer and Cathy Zavacki of Hillsborough High School in NJ. They will be presenting a two-night virtual program on kinesthetic chemistry: how to use getting your students up and moving to teach concepts and skills. More details will come later. I went to 2 workshops of theirs at ChemEd last summer: be prepared to get up out of your chair at home and move!

    - Sue Klemmer, Northern Division Chair

  • September 15, 2023 2:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We had a lovely online discussion with several practioners of IB Chemistry at both high school levels and the middle school level, along with folks who don't teach IB but were interested.

    We'll post the recording on the NEACT YouTube channel and provide a link from here as soon as possible.

    Join us for an open roundtable on the other end of the spectrum - teaching heterogeneous classes - on Oct. 19th (see EVENTS to sign up).

  • August 17, 2023 5:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ChemChats are back for 2023-2024!

    A dozen teachers had a great discussion on Nuclear Chemistry Aug, 17, 2023. This is a topic that often gets neglected when it is not on our state list of required content but has great interest for students. A folder of ideas that were discussed can be found here. As soon as the recording is uploaded to YouTube that will be added here as well.

    The topics for the next two ChemChats of the 2023-24 school year have already been chosen. On Sept. 14th we'll be discussing ideas on teaching International Baccalaureate (IB) Chemistry, and on October 19th we'll look at how to handle heterogeneous Chemistry courses. Note that the Oct. ChemChat is the 3rd Thursday in that month (we normally run on the 2nd Thursdays).

    Want to sign up for a ChemChat? Go to EVENTS: each new ChemChat is posted as soon as the previous one has been run.

    Have a a topic you want to discuss? Email me at

  • June 07, 2023 9:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NEACT is excited to announce that the Summer PD series will return for 2023! The format will be a 45 min presentation followed by a 15 min Q and A.

    We plan to have weekly one hour remote presentations on a variety of topics. The day and time of the week will vary based on presenter availability - we will announce the full list of dates and times once the schedule is finalized. PDPs for 1 hour will be provided and a video of the presentation will be available to NEACT members for future viewing.

    SHARE YOUR SKILLS and IDEAS! If you are interested in presenting at the 2023 Summer PD series, please contact NEACT president Kristen Vanderveen by June 23 at

  • May 22, 2023 8:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

       Due to the change in date we only had 3 participants in the April ChemChat, but Kirsten and I met a new person and had a great conversation not only about Electrochemistry but also got to know one another.

       May's LAB SAFETY ChemChat was a hit, with 19 attendees getting a lot of very thoughtful and useful information from Jim Kaufman at the Laboratory Safety Institution. This is a great resource both for proactive work keeping yourself and your students and staff safe and also for help when you have a problem. You can contact them at

       Note that there IS a June 8th ChemChat (see "Events") but none in July.

  • April 24, 2023 11:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    My apologies on not holding the April ChemChat on April 20th.

    It has now been rescheduled to April 27th (same time of 4:00-5:00 pm).

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