Dear Chemistry Educator,
It is very difficult to communicate
here the immense wealth of teaching power contained
in the HOLY MOL-EE! Chemistry Curriculum.
I am teaching
high school chemistry currently (2008) at a
school district in the Los Angeles area and use HOLY
MOL-EE! myself. I am very pleased with the response
of the majority of my students. (See
These materials have been
carefully developed over six years’
time, based on my own teaching experiences, with
excruciating attention to the tiny, and seemingly insignificant,
details which become major stumbling blocks to students
as they learn a new concept, topic or skill.
The question I kept asking was, “Why
don’t they get this the first time and how can I help
them do so?”
The result of this inquiry is the HOLY MOL-EE!
Package. Departing from the old model of expecting a bell
curve distribution of grades, it presumes that all students
CAN learn well if something is presented to them in a way
that they can understand.
In searching for “what worked,”
I felt drawn to using multiple ways of presenting material.
Hence, HOLY MOL-EE! contains songs, dance, dramatization,
creative visuals, manipulative activities and guided fill-in-the-blank
notes, as well as more traditional materials -- whatever
is needed to completely get the point across to a wide variety
of learning styles. Many students who would have otherwise
failed can now succeed.
Another great strength of the HOLY MOL-EE!
Learning System is its extreme
attention to detail. Each concept in the curriculum
is analyzed and broken down into a sequence of bite-sized
chunks of information, simple statements, each of which
may be presented, expressed or explained in about 60 seconds.
In practice, you test as you teach whether or not students
“get” each point before you move on to the next.
This, combined with the prepared fill-in-the-blank notes
and supporting activities and worksheets, keeps the class
with you the entire time. And they learn!
Important to HOLY MOL-EE! is its treatment
of word definitions. All new words in the teaching outline
are defined, along with their Latin, Greek or Arabic roots.
When students learn the roots of words and why a particular
word was chosen to describe a concept or phenomenon, it
helps them remember the modern definitions. These definitions
are then expanded as necessary through the use of multiple
Thus, HOLY MOL-EE! gives students an absolutely
solid foundation of understanding and a strong basis for
further study in the text. For many students, HOLY MOL-EE!
makes the difference between failure and success.
Look at the list
of learning outcomes students will be able to know or
do after using HOLY MOL-EE! Some of the items which seem
tiny or unimportant are actually VERY important, because
they lay the foundation for everything else.
This product could be the best thing to
happen to you as a chemistry teacher, so I hope you'll take
the time to investigate a bit.
Looking forward to meeting you.
Lynda J Jones