1. Students are expected to arrive on time with a positive attitude and to always do their best. Making an effort in life is Everything in life.
2. Students are expected to bring the following items each day to class.
Science notebook(no other subjects mixed within unless divided)
1 pen(any color but red)
1 highlighter(any color)
3. Homework: Homework assignments will be noted within each student's weekly planners and will always be placed on our Science class page under the "Homework" tab.
If homework assignments are not in class on the specified due date, completed as per the directions stated, that grade will then be marked as a zero(0).
If the assignment is shown completed as per the stated directions the following school day, that grade will be rescored from a 0 to a 75.
If the assignment is shown completed as per the stated directions on the third school day, that grade will be rescored from a 0 to a 50.
After the third school day, if not completed as per the directions and shown in class the grade will remain a zero. It is the responsibility of the student to do his/her best and adhere to the requirements. Doing so will result in greater understanding, a much easier time completeing assessments and a more enjoyable learning experience.
IMPORTANT MARKING PERIOD CHANGE:
In the Second Half of the Semester, as is done in the 7th Grade Science Classes, Homework will be marked with a Zero(0) if not comleted and present on the due date assigned.
However, if the student comes to me to show the completed assignment the very next school day, that grade of zero will rise to a 6o.
If the assignment is completed on its due date but not as the directions have stated, that assignment will result in a 10 point loss for each direction not followed correctly.
General Homework Requirements:
Review all information attained in class (Notes, Diagrams, Videos).
Record/Write any new information added.
Complete the specific homework assignment for the night.
Restate the questions when writing answers and never begin the response to a question with "Because".
Do not simply print the homework.
Study all notes for a minimum of 10 minutes nightly.
Each homework assignment will have specific instructions, notes, diagrams and video links when applicable. These homework assignments will be short in nature and will be graded for completion.
In addition, students are expected to review their notes every night for a minimum of 5 minutes in order to be prepared for Assessments that occur almost weekly.
Five minutes is a small commitment each night but is highly effective in preparing for assessments. Ask yourselves what it is you want to achieve from this class. My hope is that each child will want to become a stronger, more competent, confident student and person. But change and growth do not happen without effort. If there is no effort there will be no change, and thus, at the very least will result in a poor course grade.
(Extra credit assignments are not given to students at the end of the semester as a result of not performing as expected in class during the semester.)
4. Students are expected to participate when questions are asked of the class. Each child is to cooperate with others within groups, work to the best of his/her abilities independently, while also adhering to the directions given by the teacher. Exceptions for this will not be made.
Participation includes following directions, raising one's hand to engage in class discussions and the sharing of ideas, as well as working well in partnerships and group lab work on a daily basis.
Grading is as follows:
Fully and consistently follows all directions and is engaged in daily discussions, partner and/or group activities and Labs. 100 points
Often and regularly follows all directions and is engaged in daily discussions, partner and group activities and Labs. 90 points
Sporadically follows all directions and/or is engaged in daily discussions, partner and group activities and Labs. 80 points
Rarely follows all directions and/or is engaged in daily discussions, partner and group activities and Labs. 70 points
Follows directions but not at all engaged in daily discussions, partner and/or group activities and Labs. 60 points
Does not follow directions, nor is engaged in daily discussions, partner and/or group activities and Labs. 50 points
6. Students are expected to keep an open mind and not allow themselves to fall into that familiar thought pattern, "Why do we need to know this? School is boring. I am not going to use this when I'm an adult."
Though it is true most students in my class will not need to know how sound travels in waves as an adult, but all of my students will absolutely need the skills to explain themselves, providing evidence and a sound argument for anything in life. My students are not here to learn to be a scientist. They are here to learn how to think, reason, attempt, fail, learn from failure, be surprised, be proven correct, and to explain/express all of these experiences to others in a educated and confident manner.
7. Students are expected to review and study daily as assessments will occur very often.
The most important people in the world haven't all been geniuses, scientists or leaders of state. However, all of the world's most important people have the same things in common; A desire to question, the will to work and the skills to Think, Reason & Communicate.