To deal with the boredom of Chemistry safety rules I allow my students some time to be creative and artistic with them.
The other day I presented my classes with my safety expectations. Because of PBIS being an initiative in my school we were asked to fit our rules into an matrix that includes; Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe…it’s the Blackhawk Way. So I did. It took me a little time to alter the wording of some the rules, but in the end it wasn’t actually that bad to fit into Respectful, Responsible, and Safe. Here is my safety document:
The assignment I give students is to take a rule (or two or three) and create a Poster that depicts that particular rule. I do allow students to work together as a group, but however many people they choose in their group is the number of rules they need to show on their poster. I allow each group/person to choose whatever rule they want, so I do get some that are doubled up, but I’m okay with that. I don’t like assigning rules to each person, because some of them are pretty tough to create a poster with.
After each group presents their posters we hang them around the room to serve as a reminder for the remainder of the year. Here is a couple examples of what was hung around my room today: