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The Science Learning Environment - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, our professional instructors explain the important elements to consider when setting up a science classroom and learning environment. They guide you through the specific safety precautions for working with and storing chemicals, specimens, and laboratory equipment. The techniques and equipment which are necessary to keep students safe while learning science will also be presented. Finally, you can study methods for establishing and promoting an inquiry-based focus to your instruction and assessment
After completing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Describe the safe use and storage of chemicals and specimens
- Explain appropriate maintenance and use protocols to care for laboratory equipment
- Model laboratory safety techniques and equipment
- Understand how to create an inquiry-based learning environment
- List how to design assessments for scientific inquiry
- Explain how to integrate technology into your science instruction
Brief video lessons are used to engage you in the learning process in this chapter. In order to review the main ideas of each segment, you can use the Timeline feature of the video player to skip back to specific points in each lesson. You can also use the provided transcripts and self-assessment quizzes to enhance your study and evaluate your mastery of the topic. Be sure to stay organized and track your progress using your Dashboard.
1. Working with Chemicals & Specimens Safely
Working with chemicals and specimens can be really exciting! But, it's also important to understand how to use, store, and dispose of them properly. This lesson provides a brief overview of this topic.
2. Safe Chemical Storage, Use & Disposal
An important part of lab safety involves the correct usage, storage, and disposal of chemicals. Lab safety is everyone's responsibility, so it's important that you know the proper procedures and protocols for using chemicals in the lab.
3. Care & Maintenance of Laboratory Equipment
The equipment used in a laboratory is essential to any projects, experiments, and activities being performed there. This equipment must be properly maintained and cared for, which is the focus of this lesson.
4. Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment
Laboratory safety is not fun, but following the rules ensures that lab activities can be enjoyed by everyone. In this lesson, we cover some basic lab safety rules to follow that will help lab time be both safe and fun.
5. Standard Laboratory Safety Equipment
Even with proper precautions, lab accidents do happen. When they do, knowing what safety equipment is in your lab, where it is located, and how to use it can prevent further harm to both the lab and the people working in it.
6. Providing an Inquiry-Based Science Environment
What is an inquiry-based science environment? Learn why it is valuable, how such an environment can be provided, and some of the challenges, especially for English language learners and students with exceptionalities, in this lesson.
7. Using Formal & Informal Assessments to Test Scientific Inquiry
Scientific inquiry is an important skill for learners at all grade levels. In order to assess this type of learning, science educators should use a mixture of formal and informal assessments. Learn about characteristics and examples of each type.
8. Technology in the Science Classroom
Technology integration in the science classroom can be approached in several different ways. In this lesson, we'll look at technology integration from a conventional inquiry-based instruction approach, as well as the levels of technology integration that can be applied to the science classroom.
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