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University of Rochester Warner School of Education
Safety Science (2012 standards)
 
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Using the instrument called “Health & Safety Fact Sheet K-12 Science Checklist,”https://www.warner.rochester.edu/files/assessment/science/ScienceSafetyChecklist.pdf) critically explore aspects of safety in each of your student teaching placements.
Please submit the checklist[1] and an overview of your understandings of the importance of safety in the science classroom (not to exceed five double-spaced pages).  Specifically, include:
  • A description of the process of conducting the audit, your findings, and implications for future practice.  Include comparisons from your previous placement if you find them to be interesting or relevant to your consideration of future practice.
  • A description of your understanding of the legal and ethical responsibilities of science teachers for the welfare of their students, the proper treatment of animals, and the maintenance and disposal of materials (NSTA 9a).
  • A description of your knowledge of and experiences with safe and proper techniques for the preparation, storage, dispensing, supervision, and disposal of all materials used in science instruction (NSTA 9b).
  • A description of your knowledge of and experiences with emergency procedures, safety equipment, and safety procedures for the activities and abilities of your students (NSTA 9c).
  • (If applicable to your discipline) A description of how you are to treat all living organisms in the classroom or found in the field including the legal restrictions on their collection, keeping and use (NSTA 9d).
 
This audit and essay can be submitted via email at any time.  It must be submitted no later than the last week of November.


[1]You can assure your cooperating teacher that this task is in no way meant to be an evaluation of their school or classroom. Instead, it is a very important exercise for each of you to have in order to find, identify, evaluate and document classroom safety preparedness. One day soon you will each be responsible for these factors in your own classroom.  Feel free to ask your CT for guidance in this task if you would like.
 
 
Science Safety

NSTA 2012 4: Safety 
NSTA 2012 4 Safety Effective teachers of science can, in a P-12 classroom setting, demonstrate and maintain chemical safety, safety procedures, and the ethical treatment of living organisms needed in the P-12 science classroom appropriate to their area of licensure. __1  __2  __3  __4
(1)Unacceptable / Insufficient
Safety essay demonstrates inefficient evidence of chemical safety, safety procedures, and the ethical treatment of living organisms needed in the P-12 science classroom appropriate to their area of licensure.
(2) Needs Improvement / Emerging
Safety essay sometimes demonstrates evidence of chemical safety, safety procedures, and the ethical treatment of living organisms needed in the P-12 science classroom appropriate to their area of licensure.
(3) Basic Proficiency
Safety essay demonstrates evidence of chemical safety, safety procedures, and the ethical treatment of living organisms needed in the P-12 science classroom appropriate to their area of licensure.
(4) Outstanding Performance
Safety essay consistently demonstrates evidence of chemical safety, safety procedures, and the ethical treatment of living organisms needed in the P-12 science classroom appropriate to their area of licensure.
NSTA 2012 4a Safe and proper lab techniques Pre-service teachers will design activities in a P-12 classroom that demonstrate the safe and proper techniques for the preparation, storage, dispensing, supervision, and disposal of all materials used within their subject area science instruction. __1  __2  __3  __4
(1)Unacceptable / Insufficient
Safety essay demonstrates insufficient safety techniques for the preparation, storage, dispensing, supervision, and disposal of all materials used within their subject area science instruction.
(2) Needs Improvement / Emerging
Safety essay demonstrate basic safety techniques for the preparation, storage, dispensing, supervision, and disposal of all materials used within their subject area science instruction.
(3) Basic Proficiency
Safety essay demonstrates adequate safety techniques for the preparation, storage, dispensing, supervision, and disposal of all materials used within their subject area science instruction.
(4) Outstanding Performance
Safety essay demonstrates advanced safety techniques for the preparation, storage, dispensing, supervision, and disposal of all materials used within their subject area science instruction.
NSTA 2012 4b Maintaining a safe science classroom  Pre-service teachers will design and demonstrate activities in a P-12 classroom that demonstrate an ability to implement emergency procedures and the maintenance of safety equipment, policies and procedures that comply with established state and/or national guidelines. Candidates ensure safe science activities appropriate for the abilities of all students. __1  __2  __3  __4
(1)Unacceptable / Insufficient
Safety essay shows insufficient proficiency in design of activities in a P-12 classroom that demonstrate an ability to implement emergency procedures and the maintenance of safety equipment, policies and procedures that comply with established state and/or national guidelines. Candidates ensure safe science activities appropriate for the abilities of some students.
(2) Needs Improvement / Emerging
Safety essay shows basic proficiency in design of activities in a P-12 classroom that demonstrate an ability to implement emergency procedures and the maintenance of safety equipment, policies and procedures that comply with established state and/or national guidelines. Candidates ensure safe science activities appropriate for the abilities of most students.
(3) Basic Proficiency
Safety essay shows adequate proficiency in design of activities in a P-12 classroom that demonstrate an ability to implement emergency procedures and the maintenance of safety equipment, policies and procedures that comply with established state and/or national guidelines. Candidates ensure safe science activities appropriate for the abilities of all students.
(4) Outstanding Performance
Safety essay shows exemplary proficiency in design of activities in a P-12 classroom that demonstrate an ability to implement emergency procedures and the maintenance of safety equipment, policies and procedures that comply with established state and/or national guidelines. Candidates ensure safe science activities appropriate for the abilities of all students.
NSTA 2012 4c Ethical treatment of animals Pre-service teachers will design and demonstrate activities in a P-12 classroom that demonstrate ethical decision-making with respect to the treatment of all living organisms in and out of the classroom. They emphasize safe, humane, and ethical treatment of animals and comply with the legal restrictions on the collection, keeping, and use of living organisms. __n/o  __1  __2  __3  __4
(1)Unacceptable / Insufficient
Safety essay describes activities in a P-12 classroom that demonstrate insufficient proficiency in ethical decision-making with respect to the treatment of all living organisms in and out of the classroom. They emphasize safe, humane, and ethical treatment of animals and comply with the legal restrictions on the collection, keeping, and use of living organisms.
(2) Needs Improvement / Emerging
Safety essay describes activities in a P-12 classroom that demonstrate basic proficiency in ethical decision-making with respect to the treatment of all living organisms in and out of the classroom. They emphasize safe, humane, and ethical treatment of animals and comply with the legal restrictions on the collection, keeping, and use of living organisms.
(3) Basic Proficiency
Safety essay describes activities in a P-12 classroom that demonstrate basic proficiency in ethical decision-making with respect to the treatment of all living organisms in and out of the classroom. They emphasize safe, humane, and ethical treatment of animals and comply with the legal restrictions on the collection, keeping, and use of living organisms.
(4) Outstanding Performance
Safety essay describes activities in a P-12 classroom that demonstrate advanced proficiency in ethical decision-making with respect to the treatment of all living organisms in and out of the classroom. They emphasize safe, humane, and ethical treatment of animals and comply with the legal restrictions on the collection, keeping, and use of living organisms.
 
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