In this class I expect a few simple things. As far as behavior goes, all of my standards could be wrapped up in one phrase. “Be nice.” Perhaps overly simple, but absolutely true. Most teachers will boil down their expectations to respect. Respect for self, respect for others, etc. I have found that it is even more simple than that. Every issue that could arise in a classroom could be solved with the adoption of one, simple idea: “Treat others as if they are equally important, or more important than yourself”. The Golden Rule, “Do as you would be done by”, it has been described many ways, but that is what I expect in my class. Be nice.
The primary goals of every science class are to get students to predict, analyze, apply concepts, and communicate scientifically. Ultimately, I expect students to THINK in my class. Which students are thinking? The ones that come prepared, the ones that write, the ones that speak in discussions, the ones that arrive on time. The ones that do their work. These students will do well.
What I want from my students is perseverance. A growth mindset attitude that shows they are trying, thinking, and working continuously to learn more. That's what yields success in the world of science, in the job market, and in life in general.
The grading is the typical letter grades assigned by percentage of the class. It is weighted in a 70/30 order with 70% being "Learning Experience" which is work done in the classroom or at home. 30% is "Evidence" which is tests, quizzes, and lab reports.
A= 100-90% B= 90-80% C= 80-70% D= 70-60% F= <60%
Most homework will be assigned at the beginning of the week and due at the end of the week. The assignments that can be worked on any time throughout the week. Assignments can be found on the google classroom along with their corresponding due dates.
Labs or projects will be assigned periodically, but not with every unit, and some units have more than one lab. Lab reports will be modeled in the beginning of the year, and the lab report set up will be followed throughout the rest of the year. Labs will consistently contain sections for Purpose, Hypothesis, Data or Graphs, and Conclusion. Labs may be printed, but will likely occur on graph paper to be handed in at the end of the lab time. Most labs may take place over two days, and must be completely ready to turn in at the end of the second day.
Tests will happen at the end of every unit. Some smaller quizzes may occur periodically as needed. Quizzes are not worth as much as a full test, but if a unit test is going to occur, I will inform the class at least 1 week in advance. So if the test is on friday, students will be told the Tuesday of that week (as we do not meet on Mondays.)
If a student does poorly on a test or homework assignment, they can make corrections to regain lost points. Corrections must be done on a separate page attached to the first assignment. For each question they missed, students must re-write it, give the correct answer, AND clearly demonstrate how and why this answer is correct. If a student has not shown their work and properly demonstrated that they now know how to do the problem properly, they have not earned corrections points. Corrections are for gaining points back after learning from one's mistakes. No credit will be given for "corrections" on problems that were never attempted. Blank questions will not get credit. It is possible to earn all points back by making a full set of corrections, however, if a student attempts to turn in corrections for an assignment that is from a past unit, it will not be accepted. They must be done in a timely fashion.
Students who have cheated will receive a zero on the assignment with no opportunity for recovery of credit.
Late work is unacceptable. In past years, even with heavy late penalties, nearly 60% of students did not turn their work in on time. Such actions will result in failing the course as late and missing work goes in as 0. Missing days of school is no excuse for not doing the work that was assigned as students have access to the material they need and can submit assignments without physically being present.
The district has adopted a non-negotiable cell phone policy requiring phones to be placed in special holders at the beginning of class, and only returned to the student at the end of class. They are not to be present on a student or used for any reason during class time. The consequences for this are unavoidable and severe. According to the official district policy, phones are not needed on campus at all. Due to this fact, the district is not responsible for any phones that are brought onto campus.
You will need:
1 notebook. You must be able to easily tear pages out of this notebook. You will be doing it often.
1 Scientific calculator. Smart phones are not to be used. You don’t need a calculator that can integrate, analyze structural integrity of a bridge, or play the entire Mario bros game. A simple scientific calculator will do.
1 (bagillion) pens and pencils. If an entire forest was felled in order to make all the pencils you bring to class, you just might have enough. As far as pens go, use whatever color you want, so long as I can read it easily.
You will also need your chromebook, fully charged, ready for class. Not every day will require the use of the laptop, but it is safe to say that a majority of the time they will be needed.
If you need to get a hold of me, use one or any of these:
Cell phone: 303-655-8967
Work address: Attn: Danny Runkel
12909 E 120th Ave
Henderson, Co 80640