"In Chemistry, students should be able to know what it is they are mixing and why. Many classes focus on the mixing of chemicals but the student has little knowledge of what happened in the experiment. I like my classes to focus on the concepts of Chemistry. I want my students to be able to balance chemical equations, understand valence electrons, read the periodic chart in detail and use stoichiometry in many different ways.
Much of Chemistry involves math formulas to find information. Students should learn these concepts in interesting ways that stick with them even at the end of the year!
In my classes, I do experiments, as well as some models and hands-on activities, but I believe it is just as important to understand the how and why as it is to mix chemicals."