Issues Science Teachers Often Encounter
MARK LAURENCE F. VALENCIA
Science teachers have different issues which are beyond the curriculum design. There are few listed here in this article. This might help other science teachers like me to find effective solutions to the following issues.
1. Learners' Safety
In some cases during science lab activities, students are required to use or work with some dangerous chemicals. Some laboratories are not fully equipped with safety features because of lack of resources, especially in public schools. And another thing, some students tend to be playful during lab works or some may not follow directions. The teacher as the facilitator must always be aware of what is happening inside the l ab.
2. Sensitive Science Topics
Some topics covered in science curriculum may be considered sensitive or sometimes even controversial. That is why the teacher must always be plan his strategies of how he will be delivering the information to his learners. He must make sure that he transfers non bias information to the learners so that he will not be planting in them different views on controversial issues.
3. Lack of time
Regularly a science subject in the country is only alloted with a 60-minute period which includes lectures, science activities and even laboratory works. The teacher must make and follow a weekly schedule of activity so that he won't short change learners in scientific concepts which they may be able to acquire.
4. Lack of resources
Although thw MOOE of the public schools provide funds to shoulder the procurement of science instructional materials, resources are still not enough due to budget constraints. However, in this digital world, the teacher may use videos of lab works wherein the learners may be able to observe actual scientific experimentation as a replacement of hands on learning.
5. Math as a prerequisite in Science
In some science courses such as chemistry and physics, the learners are required with basic knowledge of math skills like algebra, trigonometry and geometry. Often times, math subject is the waterloo for most learners and most probably they may not have enough mathematical skills. The result of this is that science teachers find themselves teaching not only science but math as well.
The author is Master Teacher
I at Northville High School