Deep chemistry questions

I have been using ridiculously challenging (and interesting) chemistry questions for my 1st year chemistry class. To the extent that I have made the questions harder and had students focus on deep practice (as opposed to grades), I have found that students enjoy the quizzes more. Here is the quiz for today.

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After such a quiz, I have students compare their work with a solution key. They then identify areas where they can push themselves further. Here is a questionnaire they complete.

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The goal is that they will be able to write their own gnarly, challenging problem sets and solution key. Here is a questionnaire that guides them through that process.

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I hope that students in my course define their own interests and objectives, and as they write their own interesting questions for their peers, they will render me obsolete.

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I am a math and science teacher at a boarding school in Delaware.

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