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Page 139 text:
PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL LABORATORY ASSISTANTS
The call for high school teachers of science with greater teaching efficiency is one perhaps never to be fully met. It involves, besides natural teaching aptitude and ample preparation in subject-matter, a special training in laboratory administration, requiring much of time and of effort. The demand here at Peru has been increasing steadily in the past years, and has far exceeded the supply of such teachers. The result has been that positions have gone unfilled, or teachers without special preparation have been taken.
The enlarged facilities for the physical sciences in the new quarters in Science Hall have made possible more fully the meeting of this demand, and the group of those who as assistants are making such preparation this year is larger than ever before. Several have assisted upwards of a year, and besides having taken the classes in science methods have had a wide range of the elective branches in the various science subjects. Such preparation insures successs where there is as well any degree of teaching aptitude. This course, as required of those who undertake it, is made to exemplify at every stage the teaching maxim of learning to do bv doing.
Xot infrequently, the teaching of the physics and chemistry falls to the principal, whether by choice or by reason of a necessary apportionment of subjects amongst the teaching force in the high school. With all the other duties devolving upon him, any proper preparation, then, for the special difficulties that beset the science teacher is out of the question. The best of service demands such preparation beforehand.
Two hours of time daily is required of each assistant, largely given in helping those who may need assistance in performing experiments and in understanding what is taught through such experiments. Time is needed, too. in caring for the written work handed in, reviewing and filing, papers. One hour per week is given to Round Table discussions of difficulties experienced, and for the general directions made necessary in the progress of the work. The duties are shifted quarterly so that all. so far as fitted, may get training in all the phases of the laboratory administration.
A full acquaintance with the experimental work of a year and one-half of physics and of a year of chemistry, involving not only ability to do all such work one's self but as well to provide apparatus and assistance to others doing the regular class work, makes a year of training all too short in which to become reasonably proficient and independent in the duties of the laboratory. A line of science electives through two years is none too much, involving both the physical and biological sciences as it docs. With the science teaching, whether in high school or the grades below high school, in the hands of those trained especially for such teaching, effective science instruction in the public schools follows, and not to any considerable degree until then.
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PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL LABORATORY ASSISTANTS
Brumdon, Secck, Dittmer, Buhnnan. Swenson Hughes, Dorsey. I-cc. Hill. Jenkins. WriglHsman. Maxccy Ellenbergcr, Magor, Smith, Prof. II. B. Brownell. Prof. Hendricks. Blacksionc
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PROF. C. V. WILLIAMS
l’KOr. CHAS. WEEKS
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