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Tanya Katovich
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Passionate chemistry teacher who loves dogs, traveling, finding new adventures, exploring new cities, and being close to the ocean.
Passionate chemistry teacher who loves dogs, traveling, finding new adventures, exploring new cities, and being close to the ocean.

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I attended NSTA 2016 in Nashville with one goal in mind: Find NGSS experts from around the country and learn from them.  I left Nashville feeling satisfied that my goal had been accomplished.  I met science teachers from around the country that were as…

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Integrating NGSS SEP's from Day 1. Learn about my First Day Lab in my latest blog post. https://tanyakatovich.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/my-first-day-lab/

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Polymer Potions Lab
Have you ever finished teaching a lesson and said to yourself  "Wow.  That was awesome." Sometimes I have good lessons and sometimes I have great ones.  But this one was awesome.  Best of all my students researched and communicated like real scientists.  Wa...

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Teaching Gas Laws Without Equations
New tweets fly by in my Twitter feed so quickly that I feel like I catch only a small portion of what's shared.  Who's got time to sit there and read all those tweets?  But catching this tweet was a gem.  The tweet was simple enough; a posted video about te...

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Kool-Aid Concentration & Particle Modeling
One of the toughest things about chemistry is that you can't see those stinkin' little particles that make up everything.  How I envy the physics teachers whose students can calculate the velocity of a car zooming down the street in front of our school and ...

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My First NGSS Lab
After it was over I felt utterly exhausted.  Developing my first laboratory experience that met the Performance Expections of NGSS required time and energy.  Was it worth it?  Absolutely. Finding the melting point of an unknown solid. After studying the NGS...

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Using Phet for Molecular Shapes Inquiry Lab
Students use laptops for PhET and iPads to record data. Next Generation Science Standards tell us that inquiry always starts with a question. This school year I've made adjustments to my lessons to incorporate more student inquiry and less lecture.  At the ...

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When Should I Start Molecular Modeling? Now!
The Next Generation Science Standards aren't beating around the bush.  Could they make it any more obvious that they want me to use models?  The performance expectations at every grade band expect kids to "develop a model" and "use a model" to prove their u...
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