IMG_0017 My name is Lauren Stewart and I teach chemistry and med-tech chemistry at a comprehensive high school in Ohio. My teaching philosophy is science comes from experiments, not from textbooks. Less lectures, less tests, more learning.


6 responses to “About

  1. Lauren,
    Love the blogs! I came across your blog as an email and wow, facing same experiences. Although not a modeler, I whiteboard, I do particulate, I involve lots of inquiry. Again thanks for posting and look forward to reading more! Curious if you had a write up on the medicine bottle sink density practicing! Been looking to move away from the blocks to more of a challenge for my students!
    Again thanks


    • Doug,
      Thanks for the compliments! I do not have a write-up for the density practicum. I simply give my students a pill bottle and a bag of sand and tell them to determine how much sand they need to add to the pill bottle to get it to be at least 90% submerged in the water tank. I tell the students they can use whatever measuring tools they want and set them loose. To get them started, I tell them to think about the question, “what makes something sink or float in water?” I usually let them struggle a while before I go around and ask questions to set them on the right track if they are completely lost. I like this activity because it can be as guided or as open ended as you want!


  2. Matthew Casella

    I found your blog a few months ago and have been following it closely. I am wrapping up my very first semester of Chem modeling, and about to start the second in a few weeks with a brand new group of students. I’ve enjoyed your posts (especially the unit summaries).

    You have a lot of great ideas and alterations to the AMTA core chem curriculum! I was wondering if you would be so kind as to share some of the doc’s/etc. you’ve created with me? I really like what you have done with your first unit especially.

    Thanks for publishing your progress! I look forward to your future posts.


    • Thanks for your compliments! I would love to share some of my materials with you. All of my materials are on Google Drive so if you give me an email associated with a Google account, I can just share my Unit 1 stuff that way.


  3. Hi Lauren!

    I am new to the Modeling Chemistry curriculum and standards-based grading and I have been following your blogs very closely! Due to budgetary reasons, I have not gone to a workshop for Modeling Chemistry yet, but we did buy the materials and I’ve been going about it in my own way and also using a lot of your great ideas! I was wondering if you could share some of your materials with me? Everything you do is amazing, and it has definitely made a difference in my classroom this year! Let me know…thanks again for all of your hard work!


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