There are two lessons that stand out most to me The first is that students can

There are two lessons that stand out most to me the

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There are two lessons that stand out most to me. The first is that students can learn to love a class as dreaded and as notorious as organic chemistry. This notion by guest on January 16, 2020 Downloaded from
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8 applies to thousands of students, even if one only considers the students I have taught at UCLA. The second lesson has to do with the innovation and creativity shown by students. Whether we think about organic chemistry music videos, or the unique solutions students devise in solving retrosynthesis problems, it is clear that our students are capable of doing extraordinary things. Educators should be mindful of this, and should aspire to draw out a spirit of creativity and innovation from their students when teaching. Collaborating with Students to Create Educational Resources Inspired by my students, I have enjoyed the opportunity to create educational resources for organic chemistry, including online resources, 5 , 6 , 7 that are currently being used around the world. Each of the following projects has involved extensive collaboration with students. The Organic Coloring Book is a self- published coloring book, co-authored with my daughters. The book allows students of all ages to appreciate the vast impact of organic chemistry in our world. Biology and Chemistry Online Notes (BACON) is an online website that provides concise written tutorials on organic chemistry. 8 The tutorials connect common topics in organic chemistry with medicine, other aspects of everyday life, and even pop- culture. BACON is used all over the world and has been used by nearly 50,000 students to date. Backside Attack is a free iOS smartphone application that teaches organic chemistry in a fun, gaming-type environment. The game focuses on the bimolecular substitution reaction, which proceeds by “backside attack,” and provides a learning tool for many fundamental organic chemistry concepts. QR Chem is a free online teaching resource that ultimately allows students to interact with 3D chemical structures on their own smartphones. 9 RS Chemistry provides a free online forum for students to learn and practice the skill of assigning stereocenters of organic molecules, but in the context of medicines and other life-impacting molecules. More than fifty brilliant students have been involved in the creation of the above-mentioned resources or other collaborative teaching related-activities. They deserve to be mentioned individually. They are: Sarah Anthony, Emma Baker– Tripp, Joyann Barber, Timothy Boit, Jason Chari, Grace Chiou, Michael Corsello, Jacob Dander, Johnny Dang, Noah Fine Nathel, Adam Goetz, Liana Hie, Alexander Huters, Francesca Ippoliti, Tara Kappel, Vandan Kasara, Andrew Kelleghan, Junyong Kim, Brian Lin, Crystal Lin, Stacy Ma, Ali Mally, Jose Medina, Milauni Mehta, Preeya Mehta, Lucas Morrill, Jesus Moreno, Melinda Nguyen, Lauren Ogata, Karen Anne O’Laco, William Parsons, Krishan Patel, Jonathan Pham, Lee Pham, Stefan Prisacaru, Stephen Ramgren, Melissa Ramirez, Johnny Randhawa, Shawn Schwartz, Nikhil Shah, Rishabh Shah, Emily Siegler, Amanda Silberstein, Bryan Simmons, Ganeev Singh,
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