Habits of Mind for the Science Laboratoryby: Lisa Hayes, Margaret Smith, and Charles Eick

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Laboratory experience should be an integral part of any high school science program, especially laboratory activities designed so that students gather data, explore concepts, and answer questions through inquiry. So, how can science teachers avoid negligence and minimize the risk of accidents when preparing for, instructing, and supervising students before, during, and after lab? Cultivating the following “habits of mind” at each stage of laboratory work is the first big step toward achieving safety in the laboratory setting.

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  • on Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:49 AM

A wonderful review of the proper safety mindset both teachers and students should have at the beginning, during, and end of a laboratory. The authors discusses not only the don'ts that teachers should enforce, but they also stress what teachers should do to allow for a smoothly run laboratory experiences. I especially appreciated their suggestions concerning how to organized the room during a lab including providing a central location for waste disposal and stock solutions.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

  • on Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:01 PM

Step by step suggestions on how to include lab safety (with an emphasis on chemistry) in lesson planning and implementation. I do many of these things in addition to a special lesson at the beginning of the year on how and when to use safety equipment (eyewash, shower, fire extinguisher/blanket). I have not had parents sign off on safety contracts but I do insist that students take a copy home and get it initialed and then keep that in their science notebooks for reference. A must read for any teacher doing labs - especially the newsclips that emphasize how things can go wrong as a reminder that (sadly) none of us is perfect and accidents happen

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

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