Chemistry Portfolio


The portfolio is a way for students to not only reflect on the materials they have learned in class, but to also show their teacher how much they have learned and how organized they have been throughout the school year. The teacher gives the students Intended Learning Outcomes, also known as ILOS, as a basis for the what the student should focus on, each ILO needs it's own artifact, a piece of classwork or homework, test or quizzes, or labs. Once everything is gathered, the student must find creative and professional way to present the portfolio to the teacher, which results in a grade.

Critical Thinker

To be a critical thinker is to be able to detect errors in daily scientific application by using scientific knowledge. To detect is to discover the existence of something, which is what you need to be. As a critical thinker, you need to be able to make discoveries using science. It is not hard to detect the errors you may see in science you just need to use the things you have learned about the scientific method and trial and error. You have to first go over all the things that you have done, go over your procedure, and try to detect the error to the best of your ability.

The artifacts I have chosen are the measurements lab and the SI units worksheet, I chose these two because math was being used consistently to figure out the problems or mistakes within the labs. For measuring you have to make sure to pay attention to the little things because it can be a little challenging to read a thermometer, that is not digital, because you may not be used to it, but once you get the hang of it you will most likely accurate. The same goes for  SI units, which are the symbols.

Self-Regulated Learner

To be a self-regulated learner means to have the ability to design and carry out experimental procedure from question to conclusion. To design is to intend for a definite purpose, which is what you should be doing with this Intended Learning Outcome. You have to use the knowledge you have about the scientific method to carry out an experiment, not just what you know or what to do for an experiment. You have to carefully plan, go over every detail, and carefully examine everything before and while conducting the experiment.

The artifact that I chose for this ILO was the investigating the properties of Ionic compounds lab, that I performed with three fellow classmates. With this lab, we were to determine the properties of compounds Sodium Chloride, Cooper (ll) Sulfate, Potassium chloride, Magnesium sulfate, and Glucose. We determined the properties through the melting points, determined the conductivity of each compound, performed a flame test, and a solubility test. We also used a microscope to determine the crystal lattice of each compound, which was a pretty cool thing to see. In this lab, we used what we had learned about the scientific method and the properties of ionic compounds as a basis to know what we were going to do, we worked together as a team to not only get everything done, but to conduct the research and create a lab report.

A Collaborator

To be a collaborator is to be able to work effectively in a team to achieve a common goal. To work is to perform a productive or operative activity, which is what is needed when you work with a group of people. You have to be able to work in a team, split the work equally, and make sure that everyone is on track. When you work in a team you have to have patience and commitment, working with others can be hard, but working in a team is better than working alone.

The artifact I chose for this ILO was the debate on The safety of Nuclear Energy with classmate and partner, Thy Ngo. I really liked working on this assignments because both of us were really eager to learn more and research the subject, we worked together with our research and shared with one another. My partner and I were on the Pro side , going for Nuclear Energy and whenever we found something new to talk about we discussed and weighed out the pros and the cons. We both contributed so much to the debate, even though we did not win, in our minds we were winners. Thy and I really worked well together and really took this debate seriously, and really wanted to argue our points, this debate thought us how to listen closely, think thoroughly, and to just have fun and make sure that everyone else is engaged in what you are talking about.

Problem Solver

A problem solver predicts, directs, and inverses relationships between variables in an experiment. To predict is to declare or tell, you cannot be around to make assumptions or take a guess because it is the only way to learn from what you are doing. To direct is to manage or guide, you have to use the scientific method along with your predictions to come up with an experiment that works both scientifically and is helpful in the world. To inverse is to turn inside out, so once you have made your predictions and have your scientific findings, you want to take what you know and turn it inside out, think outside of the box. Come up with something that no one has done before and experiment with it.

The artifact I have chosen is the crystallization lab, performed by myself and three other classmates. This lab was given to us by our teacher,  however, the students had to figure out away to construct the lab in groups. Although, the lab told us to only pick one out of three compounds, my group and I decided to perform all three compounds. Each compound's crystals looked very different, but they were all really beautiful and the lab was fun to do. Together as a team we came up with our own lab.

Sodium Chloride Crystals

Effective Communicator

To be a effective communicator is to formulate a complete thorough conclusion, making a detailed and clear conclusion can be hard, but it is doable. To formulate means to devise or develop, this is used when creating a good conclusion. You must think of what you want to write, while also stating facts and findings, but the thing to remember is that it is a summary and not another random paragraph. A conclusion should just summarize your main points,while also getting your message across.

The artifacts I chose is the research paper I conducted on Nuclear Energy and my Water Research Project (Keynote). These two assignments took a lot, I was required to research each subject, find reliable sources, and Cite my sources, it was not a very hard thing to do, but the Nuclear Energy paper was for the debate I perfroemd in class and the water research assignment was a spring break assignment. One thing I like to do is to research, the thing that was hard about these two assignments was creating something that I could understand and someone else could to, that is what I spent the most of my my time doing  making sure I understood my subjects.

Responsible student committed to Justice

   A responsible student relates how scientific progress affects their lives and the lives of others, to relate is to have reference. Science is all around us and it affects us in different ways around the world, good and bad. Everything that we do or say relate to science somehow, our cell phones, televisions, and computers are just a few things related to science, though we may not see it scientist are coming up with new ways of thinking or doing things, whether through communication or just everyday travel. Science impacts our world in a way that nothing else does, which is why students should get involved and make their own experiments or discoveries.

The artifact I chose for this was the the introductory assignment to Chemistry, it was in the beginning of the year and we had an assignment where we had to write about chemistry in our world and how chemistry effects us. I have always enjoyed the sciences, because science is involved in everything that we do, a lot of the things that we have are due to scientific research and studies that have been done. Chemistry is improving and bettering our lives everyday and we do not know it .

Spiritual and Ethical Person

An spiritual and ethical person is someone who can differentiate between scientific knowledge and spiritual beliefs, spiritual and scientific beliefs clash all the time because what scientist belief is different from spiritual beliefs. Though both are two different subjects, they both have a lot of similarities, both belief in something bigger and creator than humans, but they call it different names. To differentiate is to perceive the difference and thought these two have many similarities, they have one have difference; neither know exactly what they are looking for in the world, they are inferring and using what they know.

The artifact I chose was a journal reflection written during the time Ms.Lesley, was teaching chemistry class. Everyday she would put a quote on the board and have us write about what it means to us and sometimes we would even have to relate the quote to something in Chemistry. I enjoyed the five-six minutes I got from writing these quotes, it really allowed me to put my thoughts to paper and helped me start off class. There is one specific journal I want to take not of that is the artifact I am using, which is the free write. We were to write about the service Nd. Video that she had showed us in class, the video was about this Journalist, Lynnsey Adario who is trying to help people around the world, by exploiting the wrongdoings on women, traveling to different countries and reporting on hunger and disease, and just fighting for change. The reason I picked this one is because Lynnsey may be a journalist, but she is combing chemistry and journalism together in way that some people may not think is right, but she is still doing it and fighting for what's right.

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