Mary Virginia Orna, OSU


College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY 10805


A resource for the 21st century, created by teachers for teachers. A new paradigm for teaching chemistry which fosters high achievement for all students


¨   Comprises teaching strategies which promote analysis, critical thinking, and problem solving

¨   Makes the laboratory the primary tool for teaching chemistry

¨   Requires students to understand and apply scientific method and principles in order to design and carry out experiments

¨   Fosters assessment techniques which are hospitable to a variety of learning styles





four volumes (2200 pages), printed on 3-ring loose-leaf pages ready for you to place in binders or photocopy for your classes


37 content modules incorporating both state-of-the-art chemistry and a wide range of teaching strategies, motivational techniques, and other instructional resources gleaned from experienced, successful chemistry teachers


sample modules


Acids & Bases

Chemical Bonding

Forensic Chemistry


Materials Chemistry

The Mole

Organic Chemistry      





sharing a common format


content in a nutshell

>62 laboratory activities


common misconceptions         

humor (>252 cartoons)







special sections on safety, small-scale chemistry




5+ hours of videotapes of chemistry teachers in their classrooms with their students—a convenient way to see and analyze exemplary chemistry teaching


21 teaching/learning episodes

¨   center around the content area of acids and bases

¨   showcases a wide variety of approaches which engage students in learning

¨   exemplify both successful and unsuccessful teaching strategies

¨   cover generic and science-specific teaching skills with special emphasis on the laboratory

¨   offer comprehensive coverage of how to present lessons

¨   emphasize the development of problem solving skills


157 page Teachers Guide includes suggestions for use; teaching skills inventory; episode questions and answers—all designed to facilitate teachers’ evaluation and professional development on an individual and departmental basis