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September 16, 2020 Chemistry Portfolios

At ICT, we apply active learning methods in our classes. Most of the time, people think that active learning takes place only when students are involved in group activities or discussions. However, active learning is a lot wider term that takes place when students are more engaged, involved in the learning process where they are responsible of developing skills and gaining knowledge. The role of educators in the active learning process is to create chances, facilitate the materials, and draw students’ interest into new topics. 

In Chemistry classes, students are involved in the learning process in all different ways. Besides, taking notes, performing experiments, and take part in the class or group discussions, students are required to create their own portfolios. In Chemistry Portfolios, students need to include all the possible learning evidences, and journal entries that show how they reflect on their own learning process and gained skills. As I watch my students’ portfolios and read their entries, I learn more about my students as individual learners and people. While reading how they think about what was interesting, challenging, or new, I discovered that our roles as educators is to show our students the doors and give them the keys. Students then decide which door to open and discover a whole new world. I enjoyed reading what my students wrote in their entries. I took S2 students’ permission to pick some examples to share with you, and here they are.  

Taketora wrote, “First thing that I was interested in was that water in solid state is less dense than in liquid state. Actually, I knew that, but I didn’t know why. Water molecules are polar bonded. When they form ice, they are arranged in hexagonal shape because polar forces attract and also repel water molecules. I understand why ice floats on water.

Daiko wrote, “While studying Chemistry IIA, I felt that an understanding of chemistry is essential to understanding nature!”

Shuntaro wrote, “Also, that plasma is the fourth state of matter is new knowledge for me. I did not know about plasma because I never saw it before and the textbook in secondary school that only told me about 3 states of matter.”

Luca wrote, “In terms of learning skills, I have developed skills of getting used to the online learning system using zoom.”

Koutaro wrote, “The most shocking experience in Chemistry IIA was learning that there aren’t only three states of matter, but that there is another, plasma. I heard about a plasma cutter, but I never researched how it works and what the plasma is. Conclusively, Chemistry IIA was an enjoyable and very interesting subject for me. I believe Chemistry IIB will be even more interesting.”

Anna wrote, “I was very interested in experiments. I learned it is important to continue to study and chip away at studying.”

Mao wrote, “Whilst studying Chemistry IIA I have developed many learning skills and study habits that have helped me not only in chemistry but all other subjects. Taking Chemistry IIA has made me see that a lot of what we learn in class has relevance to the real world and are not just concepts for school. It was also interesting to see some of the concepts and ideas I learned as a first-year student intertwining and relating to some of the topics I learn as a second year.”

Miyu wrote, “I will never forget about the topic of particles because it has a relationship with the sunset’s color. I am curious about the sunset’s colors. I'll research more about this relationship during my STEM project 2020. Overall, I did my best this semester. The class was interesting and I learned a lot of new things. I will try everything next semester.”

Yoshiki wrote, “I believe there are lots of skills I have learned during the first semester. One of it is to read the textbook before the chemistry class and take notes about important words. Overall, during this semester, I learned a lot of things about the use of science in daily life, chemical reactions, chemical names, the states of matter, and so on. All of these topics are important for our future and our life.”

Yuudai wrote, “Lastly, I will never forget the information about the states of matter because it might be used in the future to distinguish things.”

Nagwa Fekri Rashed





武虎『最初に興味が湧いたのは固体の水が液体より密度が大きいということです。そのことは知っていましたが、理由がわかりませんでした。水の分子はポーラー結合です。氷になる時、polar forceが水の分子を引き寄せると同時にはじくので六角形の配置になります。氷が水に浮かぶ理由がわかりました。』











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