When you walk into my classroom, you will be expected to think differently than in any other class in middle school. You will be expected to think and act like scientists. To do this you will need to come prepared to be a productive member of the science classroom. The following are lists of expectations, rules, and strategies that will help you begin the year on the right foot.
1. Treat all students and teacher with respect and courtesy. A safe classroom environment allows every student to feel safe contributing in classroom discussions. Disrespect of fellow students and teachers will not be tolerated.
2. Come to class prepared with all the materials you will need. This includes bringing all required materials (see the list below) and a positive attitude on-time to class.
3. Complete all work for the class on time. In order to accomplish this you must:
- Ask for help if you do not understand an assignment.
- Try your best.
- When you are absent, figure out what assignments or work you missed as soon as you get back.
4. Accept responsibility for your actions.
To be successful each day in science class you must bring your science notebook (can leave in class), sharpened pencils, and completed homework or projects.
Science Classroom Rules:
The science room has procedures and protocols that must be followed in order to ensure the safety of all students. Therefore there are special rules that all students must abide by when in the science room.
1. Conduct yourself in a responsible manner at all times in the science room. Horseplay, practical jokes, and pranks will not be tolerated.
2. You may only be in the science classroom when a teacher is present.
3. In order to use any equipment or supplies you must obtain permission.
4. Follow all written or verbal instructions carefully.
5. Report any accidents, injury or problems to the teacher immediately.
Teachers assign homework in order to allow students to reinforce ideas just learned and for students to think about concepts independently. In order for homework to be effective students need to complete work on-time so that the assignment can be reviewed with the rest of the class. Studies have found that it is essential for students to use/think about concepts at least ten times before they make long term memories of the new information. Homework assignments are one strategy I use to give students enough contact time with new concepts to make them long lasting memory files that they will be able to access later. Homework will be counted as 20% of your grade.