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Need some advice on handling experiments as long-term sub
Old 10-04-2019, 07:00 PM
 
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So this school I'm working for can't find a science teacher. I'm the long term sub. I did Film Studies in college and did really badly in Chemistry. The lesson plans indicate that I have an experiment with beakers, measuring solutions and all that. I really just don't want to mess with this stuff and to make matters worse, this is a school with sketchy kids that probably shouldn't be trusted with stuff like this.

Should I just not do the experiments and find something else for them to do? I don't want this to end badly. I'm just feeling like if they wanted a real science teacher, they should have hired one...


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I would check with the department head. - If the experiment is crucial to the curriculum, he or she may want to swap classes with you that day and leave you with less intense sub plans in the other room (or at the very least, be able to give you some training ahead of time.)

If it's not crucial, they might tell you to just skip it, or even find a video of the experiment to show on YouTube.
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Could you do the experiments as demonstrations? Sometimes that's a better way anyway, imo.. because you can explain things as you go. And they probably will still be interested. You could always say you're not comfortable with students' safety if they did the experiments themselves.
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Both great ideas I thought of, thank you!

Also, department head? No such thing at this school, it's pretty small. .
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