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geometry of the building will allow this. SELF ASSESSMENT EXERCISE 10Do you store both small and large size apparatus together in your school physics laboratory?
120 The apparatus to be stored in the store room vary in sizes and in shapes, the small pieces of apparatus, magnets, polythene rods etc. can conveniently be stored in shallow drawers and other sets of apparatus of slightly larger sizes such as ray-boxes requires rather deeper drawers. It is suggested that one wall of the storeroom should have cupboards containing trays of three different depths. Such trays enable the whole volume of a cupboard to be utilized, whereas the conventional cupboard with a shelf uses only a fraction of the total volume for actual storage. 3.4 Physics laboratory managementThe physics laboratory is usually a center of physics activities where physics teachers, laboratory staff, students and materials are always in a dynamic interaction. The physics teacher as the sole administrator of a physics laboratory has the responsibility of managing these interacting factors, in such a way that accidents are reduced to the barest minimum level. The physics teacher must ensure that all those who use the physics laboratory perform their work as directed. SELF ASSESSMENT EXERCISE 11What do you think should be the major concern of head of physics in the management of the physics unit in your school? 3.4.1 The Head of Physics UnitThe task of managing the affairs of the physics unit is the sole responsibility of the head of physics and other support staff in the unit. This includes the physics teaching staff and physics laboratory technicians/attendants. The head of the unit, who is one of the human resources in the unit has three major areas to be concerned about. These are: * Organisation and coordination of duties: As the head of physics unit, you should as much as possible, open and maintain effective communication channel between yourself and other staff members. This invariably means that you should operate an open door policy for corrections, advice and suggestions towards the progress of the unit. * Delegation of responsibilities: As the head of physics unit, you should identify staff members with their talents and capabilities and delegate the unit duties to them.
121 * Training of personnel in the unit: This should be one of the major concerns of physics unit head. You should make sure that the staff members both teaching and non-teaching in the unit are recommended for promotions, attend conferences, workshops and seminars and are also given study leave when appropriate. SELF ASSESSMENT EXERCISE 12What should be the major responsibilities of head of physics unit in a school set up? 3.4.2 Some roles of the Head of physics unit* Formation of Unit timetable –The head of physics unit joins his/her colleagues in other science units to work on the general school timetable and come up with their different unit’stimetable to be display it in their different unit laboratory.