Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Piedmont Community Charter!
Biology Course Syllabus
1. For every student to achieve success in this course, both academically and intellectually
2. To prepare students for further study of biology in college and for use of their knowledge in their daily lives
3. To encourage the spirit of scientific investigation and empirical learning in each student
Students will need to procure a three-ring binder and binder dividers for each unit. There is no required size for the binder; use your judgment as to how much room you believe you will need to accommodate notes, assignments and assorted lab and reference materials.
-Late work- Accepted at a maximum of 60% credit for the assignment. Must be submitted within three school days of the original assignment date, or 0% credit will be given.
-Makeup work – If you are absent, your missed assignments will be set aside in a missed-work folder on the wall. However, it is your responsibility to obtain these assignments. Missed tests must be taken before or after school in my classroom. Missed assignments must be completed within a three school days of the original assignment date.
-Cheating/Plagiarism – Cheating in any form on any test or assignment will result in a grade of 0, without exception. Student work must be original or properly sourced. Data for lab reports must be taken during the lab. Plagiarism will result in a grade of 0.
-Students are expected to be in their seat working on warm-up assignments or waiting quietly for class to begin when the bell rings.
-Required materials must be brought to class every day (binder, paper and writing materials).
-The classroom must be clean and desk supplies returned at the end of the period before students leave.
-Treat everyone with respect.
-Phones will be put into their assigned sleeves at the beginning of class. This is a school-wide, non-negotiable policy.
-Technology (computers, calculators, etc.) are only allowed to be used when indicated by the teacher.
-All school rules must be followed at all times.
-A safe environment will be maintained at all times.
Keys to Success in my Classroom
-Maintain a positive attitude at all times! Class will be more enjoyable for all parties involved if we aren’t moping.
-Remember I am here to help you, so always feel free to come to me with questions or concerns. I can’t help if you don’t ask.
-Take clear and complete notes that you can understand. Do not simply copy what I write without thought of comprehension.
-Ask questions in class. There is no such thing as a stupid question if it’s sincere!
-Create a study schedule, and stick to it! By studying and reviewing on a consistent basis you ensure that you always arrive to class prepared.
-Tests- Comprehensive assessments at the end of major units. Tests will be given every two to three weeks, depending on the length of a unit. Tests will typically range from 30 to 50 items and will include some questions from previous units. 40% of total grade
-Quizzes- Quizzes are given twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuesday quizzes will consist of vocabulary terms. Thursday quizzes will consist of content review. Quizzes will be 15 questions long, 10 questions from current material and 5 from any prior material. 20% of total grade
-Classwork – Classwork consists of practice worksheets, book assignments, and various review activities. 15% of total grade
-Projects and Labs- Labs occur intermittently throughout the semester and consist of hands-on review of concepts learned in class. Labs will not always involve experimentation and formal lab reports, but will always require analysis of a problem. Projects require the student, alone in or groups, to produce a product (Poster, presentation paper) regarding the topic of interest. 25 % of total grade
Honors Section Expectations
As an Honors student, you will be expected to display a level of work and behavior above the average student. Classwork and tests may be adjusted in difficulty and complexity to provide you with greater opportunities to display comprehension of biological systems. There will be an honors project assigned during the semester that will require several weeks of concerted effort on your behalf.
The table below lists the order in which we will cover topics in class. The pacing of these units may vary depending on the needs of the class.
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