You Be The Chemist Essential Elements℠ is a professional development workshop created by the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF). Essential Elements is designed to assist K–8 educators–-our “essential elements” in education–in teaching chemistry concepts through hands-on learning and connecting those concepts to students’ everyday lives.
Essential Elements is based on the 5E constructivist learning cycle approach to teaching. This cycle allows students to build their own understanding of new concepts from both old ideas and their own experiences. During an Essential Elements workshop, an instructor will lead educators through a full 5E learning cycle, utilizing lessons from CEF’s YBTC Activity Guides. All educators will receive a flash drive containing all of CEF’s Activity Guides.
Also, breakfast will be provided!