Developing Student Leaders to Support Teachers in the Classroom
Developing lesson plans, grading tests, and preparing teaching materials are just some of the time consuming tasks that teachers must complete before entering the classroom. The Chevron Enjoy Science Project recognizes that teachers’ time is precious, and has established a laboratory assistant program to empower select students to support their teachers by helping prepare materials before class and guiding their peers in using equipment during class. With support from Educational Service Area Offices (ESAOs) and university partners, the Chevron Enjoy Science Project has trained students from 77 middle schools throughout Thailand to become laboratory assistants. These students reduce the workload on teachers, allowing teachers to spend more time designing exciting activities that engage students.
Enjoy Science held laboratory assistant workshops during July 2016 in Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Songkhla, Samut Prakarn, and Nakhon Si Thammarat Provinces. Both students and their teachers participated in workshops, which will improve coordination between the two and allow them to implement laboratory set up seamlessly once school is in session.
To further buttress middle school science teachers, Enjoy Science introduced the US National Science Resource Center’s (NSRC) learning materials. The NSRC materials include four modules (Properties of Matter, Energy, Machines and Motion, Catastrophic Events, and Human Body Systems) that are aligned with the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology’s (IPST) standards and core curriculum. In addition to meeting Thailand’s standards, NSRC materials promote student driven, inquiry and activity-based learning, which is essential for developing creative students. The combination of laboratory assistants and internationally proven learning materials will allow teachers to focus their energy on maximizing learning in the classroom.