Carol Never Wore Safety Goggles. Now She Doesn't Have To.
My students need proper lab goggles that meet all the safety standards required for the chemistry and physics labs we do in class.
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I try to make learning science fun and engaging by doing lots of interesting labs and demonstrations. While the students are always excited to do labs, they hate wearing the safety goggles. Our collection is a mish-mash of different sizes and styles, with scuffed, cloudy lenses and worn straps.
We are a typical suburban school in a city with a healthy mix of students, both ethnically and socioeconomically.
While mostly a population of white students just 10-20 years ago, there has been a strong influx of students from Asia, Central and South America, Europe, and elsewhere. Many of these students are the first generation to attend American schools and as a result, they are also learning how to speak English at the same time. We are also known for having a great special education program at our school and attract many parents and students who are looking for full inclusion and excellent support for their special needs.
The entire 8th grade class will use these safety goggles for every lab that we do in chemistry and physics. They will be stored at each lab station in two different classrooms and will be accessible by all students as we start the labs. The students are already familiar with lab safety, so they know what is required when dealing with chemical splashes and flying projectiles. These goggles meet all required safety standards for the labs we will do.
These goggles will not only provide the necessary level of safety for labs, but will also provide extra confidence and a sense of fairness.
The confidence is from knowing that these are new items that fit well and allow clear, unobstructed viewing of their lab materials. The sense of fairness comes from the fact that all students will be wearing the same goggles. No more scrambling to grab the "best" goggles with some getting stuck with the scratchy, cloudy, and/or ill-fitting pair.
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