Course Policies 2010 2011 by 08eMGGL


									Course Policies 2010-2011
Instructor: Brendt Bly
   1. Bly’s education beliefs:
       All students can learn.
       All students want to learn.
       Activities must be interesting in order to learn
       Activities must be challenge you, but not be above your ability level.
       Students who put in enough effort to complete assignments in chemistry can earn at
         least a C, probably an A or B.

Not all of Bly’s students will go on to be chemists. He knows this. However, the skills and
knowledge you learn in this class can help you succeed, whether you want to be a musician, a
professional athlete, a lawyer, or anything.

Below are Bly’s goals for students. You should think of what your goals for this class are too.
Hopefully, at least some of them are the same as Bly’s.

          Developing problem solving and critical thinking skills in preparation for SAT and
           other standardized tests as well as success in future education and careers.
          Developing communication (reading, writing and presenting) of topics in science.
          To become more aware of international issues by discussing societal and
           environmental issues.
          To appreciate multiculturalism by learning about science in the context of history,
           and focusing on the diverse individuals that have contributed to science.
          To develop a greater appreciation for the natural world.
          To improve laboratory-related skills.

“Is chemistry hard?” Chemistry involves many different types of thinking. You will need to
represent ideas with pictures, words and math. Everyone finds one part of chemistry particularly
challenging, while other parts seem easier. This class will challenge you, but if you put in an
honest effort, you can get the grade you want.

   2. School Rules: Students must adhere to AIS school rules at all times. Disregard for these
      rules will result in consequences including a loss of classroom privileges. More serious
      offenses or repeated disregard for the rules will result a parent-teacher conference at the
      school, detention or suspension from the school.
   3. Preparation for Class: Your preparation is assumed. Expected daily in class:
       Lab notebook: an A4 notebook with pages that are not removable.
       2-ring binder: (3 cm thick or larger) for keeping assignments (loose leaf paper),
          handouts, notes. Organize this by topic.
       Assignment/Notes Notebook: An A4 spiral notebook for your homework and notes
       Pens (blue or black only!)
       Pencils for graph, sketch and math work
       Editing tools (correction tape/pens and erasers)
       Calendar book to write down assignment due dates and exam reminders.
          Scientific Calculator Graphing calculators are not allowed on tests.

Should have available at home
        Your textbook
        Computer with Internet access
        Printer with lots of ink and paper
        A good place to work

Basic computer skills are essential in succeeding in college. If you don’t have a computer or
printer at home, you need to know where and how you can have access to these resources.

   4. Group Work: We will frequently work in pairs and teams. Sometimes I will allow you
      to choose your own partner, at other times I will assign students to work together.
      Although we will do work in teams, each student will write up his/her own assignments. If
      you have a hard time putting things in your own words, then you do not completely
      understand the material, so ask for help! During group work, answers and solutions may
      be freely shared, but all members are expected to contribute. Simply copying answers
      from another lab report, homework, etc. without having helped to produce the product is
      plagiarism and will be treated as such.

   5. When you arrive to class
         Pick up copies of handouts on the table.
         If you were absent, pick up assignments, handouts and ask a student for a
           description of what happened. You can also check the class website for
           assignments and notes.
         Put assignments that are due in the inbox tray on my desk. Hand me urgent things
           that need attention before the end of class (tardy slips, etc.)
         Be in your assigned seat when the bell rings.
         Have your homework out for me to check.

   6. During Class
          No food/drink except water is allowed in the class, in accordance with the AIS
            student handbook.
          During lecture: you may speak during class if you raise your hand and are called
            on. Otherwise, speaking is not allowed.
          During work time: I will tell you if you are allowed to speak or not. Usually, you
            can ask students sitting near you for help on assignments. Use you “indoor voice”
            and do not disturb other students around you.
          Electronics Use: Cell phones must be turned off or placed on vibrate during class.
            Texting is forbidden. Music devices (IPODS, mp3’s, etc) and headsets are turned
            off/on vibrate and put out of sight. Electronic dictionaries and other electronic
            devices are not allowed to be used in class without permission from the instructor.
            Violation of this rule results in confiscation of the device and a report to be sent to
            the dean.
          Personal grooming (putting on makeup, putting on deodorant, etc.) is not allowed.
          Do not discuss your grade or assignments that you think I mis-graded during
           class. If I am free when other students are working quietly, we can talk.
           Otherwise, you need to schedule a time with me during lunch or after school.

7. Academic Honesty: Cheating will not be tolerated and is clearly a violation of course
   and school policy. The following acts of cheating are examples of behavior that will
   result in disciplinary actions as set by AIS. Cheating will result in a zero for the
   assignment, which cannot be made up.
       Passing any item during a test, quiz, or other assessment
       Copying someone else’s test, quiz, homework, assignment, or report
       Letting someone copy from a test, quiz, homework, assignment, or report
       Looking at notes during a test, quiz, or other assessment unless given permission
       Sharing questions from a test with students who have yet to take the test
       Listing someone else’s data without giving credit, or worse, making up data to fit
           the expected answer. It is acceptable to present your own data, to state the reasons
           that you feel the results should be disregarded, and then to present another
           student’s data (making sure the source is acknowledged)
       Any form of plagiarism
       Using opinions, facts, ideas, charts, data and direct quotes from research papers,
           newspapers, magazines, textbooks, websites, or another person without citing the
           source. Quotes need not to be more than 3 sentences long and require analysis
           from your part, using your own words.

8. Attendance: Students must come to class on time. Coming to class late results in being
   counted “tardy.” Three unexcused tardy marks results in an unexcused absence. Any
   assignments missed due to an unexcused absence receives a grade of zero, and cannot be
   made up.

9. Assignments
      All assignments are due at the beginning of class. The assignment must be on your
         desk when I am checking them. If you did the assignment and it is in your locker,
         it is considered late because your locker is not your desk.
      Daily Assignments: Daily assignments are due the next class period, unless
         otherwise stated by the instructor. They receive a score out of ten based upon how
         much you completed. You can ask questions on the homework at the beginning of
         class each day. Usually, I will provide the answer key.
      Incomplete work: Labs and assignments will not be accepted if they have
         incomplete portions.

10. Late Work Policy
       You may not make up assignments, activities or labs missed due to an unexcused
         lateness or absence. You will receive a grade of zero.
       If you are absent (if it is excused) when work was assigned, you will receive one
         extra day per day absent to complete the assignments previously given. Otherwise
         you must turn in late work the day you return to school. You will not be given
         extra days to turn in work if you were present when it was assigned.
          It is your responsibility to find out what was missed—ask me.
          Daily Assignments: All late assignments will receive a maximum of 50% credit.
           All late work is due before the chapter test. Write “Absent” at the top or it will be
           counted as late.
        Lab Reports, Projects and Major Assignments: Unless Bly gives you
           permission, a printed hard copy of lab reports or other papers must be given to me
           at the beginning of class on the due date. These assignments lose 5% per class
           period they are late. If you get the assignment to Bly later in the school day, it is
           still considered 1 day late, so you may as well wait until the next class period. Bly
           only accepts assignments from you, not your parent or your secretary. Do not ask
           school office staff to hand in your work.
        Tests: If you miss a test due to an excused absence, schedule a time to make it up
           with me. If you miss a test due to an unexcused absence, you can make it up with
           a maximum score of 80%.
        Electronic submissions: You must give Bly a printed copy of lab reports, essays,
           or other work you make on the computer at the beginning of class. You may also
           be required to submit it electronically, such as to a website.
        Technology failure: Technology failure is not an excuse for not having your work
           on time. Printers often break and computers always seem to get a virus on the day
           before assignments are due, so I recommend printing your report a day or two
           early. I usually give you a week or more to complete major assignments, so you
           should have time to do it early. “The printer is broken in the library,” “I sent it to
           my email and I can’t access my email from school” or “my computer exploded”
           are not acceptable excuses.
        You may also be required to post your paper on a wiki.
11. Lab safety: students will sign a “lab contract” and adhere to the rules written therein.
    Failure to do so may result in the student losing their privilege to participate in lab
    activities for the day or for the rest of the year.
12. Test Corrections: If you get less that 80% on a test, you may make corrections and get
    back half of your points. The maximum grade you can receive on test corrections is 80%.
13. Extra Help: If you spend more than an hour trying to do your homework, you probably
    need some help. Like I said earlier, everyone will find some part of chemistry especially
    challenging, so you should come in for help after school or during lunch. It’s better to
    spend two minutes with me than two hours pulling out your hair.
You will receive four assignment points for turning this in on time. Due date: ______________

“I have read the above course policies for and understand what is
expected of students in Brendt Bly’s chemistry course.”

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