How to be a Great Science Coach

What to do in Science Coaches One-on-One

  • Help plan and present demonstrations, experiments, and lessons
  • Assist with student laboratory activities
  • Provide career information
  • Assist with a special project
  • Tutor students
  • Help students conduct their own research
  • Advise an ACS High School ChemClub
  • Mentor a Science Olympiad Team

What to do in Science Coaches Teams

  • Ask open-ended questions
  • Find or evaluate chemistry resources
  • Answer chemistry content questions

Interacting with Students

Chemists in Science Coaches One-on-One may find the following strategies to be helpful in the classroom:

  • Learn and use students' names
  • Require students to raise their hands for permission to speak
  • Give "thinking time" after asking a question; resist filling the silence
  • Use concrete examples that reflect students' experiences

Student Behaviors

Elementary School Students

  • Respond well to praise
  • Can handle equipment or listen, but not simultaneously 
  • Openly show appreciation and enthusiasm 

Middle and High School Students

  • Do not want to help in front of peers
  • More likely to participate in small groups than with the whole class
  • Want learning to be relevant to their lives