Who our department couldn’t be without

After reading @MrsJMasters blog on Science technicians, I thought mine deserved their own reply.

Teaching is a tough job but if I think about all the extra or technicians do for us, it could be so much tougher. 

First of all there’s the job, and I’m sure ours go above and beyond what actually their job requires. There’s the prep, generally in the Thursday before the week it’s required but there’s never once been a time we’ve crept in just before the school day to ask for an emergency practical and been told no. Or taught a lesson for which the prep has been ready for days to ask if it could be kept just a little while longer (I have a surfactant practical that has been waiting patiently in the prep room for two weeks now). I know of teachers in other schools who will mess up a trolley of prep to make it look like it’s been used in case they get told of for not having used it! Not ours though.

The photocopying… Anything we ask, all controlled assessment materials, all trial exams. This literally saves us hours of our time.

Demonstrations… One of our technicians is a retired chemistry teacher and is still very much the showman. Any of the risky demonstrations we’ve not tried or big bangs that I’m a bit wimpy about he’ll come and do complete with full on explanation. I’ve learnt a huge amount from him. If we request a particular practical, he usually has something bigger and better up his sleeve we can try out and is always willing to put it together and go through it with us. 

One of our technicians deals with any first aid issue we send her way, however silly it might be. I think sometimes the pupils ask to go for something simply because they like the attention they get! A bit of TLC goes a long way and the same goes for us. This technician is an expert at reading us; when we’re grumpy, sad, happy or tired and will always get a smile back on our faces (except for the time I was delivered a secret Kit Kat during a year 10 lesson after a particularly horrid morning and I responded to this by promptly bursting in to tears!). Even today I was offered help to prepare the moderation sample. Not her job at all but we were very, very grateful for the help

There are the things they do that keep us sane, the weird YouTube clips, hearing about the dancing that goes on, roller skating through the labs dressed as Santa at Christmas, the gossip from around the school.

I could go I forever about how marvellous they are, the list is endless. Good technicians are worth their weight in gold, and ours are 24 carat. 

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