Class Norms: Our norms are a list of thoughts and actions, agreed upon among members of the classroom, about how we will treat ourselves and one another. Class Norms
Avoid Thinking Traps
Apply A Growth Mindset
Experience discomfort and take academic risk
Both of self and others
In general, students can do as they like in this class, provided it doesn’t affect their learning or the learning of others in the class. We work quite hard to fulfill all the course requirements, so it is important for students to remain attentive in class at all times. I trust that students will be responsible for their learning and will not engage in any activity that will take away from their own learning or from a classmate’s ability to learn. Nothing infuriates me as much as a student who disrespects another’s right to learn. During lab time, you must always follow the rules for lab safety. Preparation for Class: See the class materials list at Amazon.com. The items are sample items, not necessarily required brands or styles. Needed Daily (although not necessarily used daily):
Pencil and eraser
Small ruler for lab drawings
Whole punched spiral notebook (multi-subject is best)
At least five colors of pens for taking notes
Tape and\or glue stick
Quad-ruled lab composition notebook with sewn binding
Needed for Notebook Check by end of the first Quarter:
A 3" 3-ring binder dedicated solely to IB Bio
8-12 tabbed binder dividers
Attendance: Regular attendance is very important for success IB biology. The attendance policy corresponds with the school-wide policy. Most of the labs, presentations, videos and other assignments are difficult, if not impossible, to completely make up.
Missed Class Make Up: If a student misses an assignment due to an absence, it is their responsibility to seek and schedule a make-up. Much of the work we do in class is linked on the website. Upon your return to class pick up any assignments or handouts you missed. If you missed a lab due to an excused absence, it is YOUR responsibility to schedule a lab make up session within two weeks of your absence. Missed labs may require actual lab make-up or completion of an alternative assignment.
Late Work: Late work is accepted without penalty for excused absences. It is the students responsibility to check if he/she missed any checks for completion (i.e. stamped work). Completion stamps will not be given for unexcused absences. Time sensitive items (i.e. initial knowledge audits) may not be accepted late. In general, complete your work on time. If you need extra time, please speak with Ms. Willson in advance about your need for an extension and your plan for completion.
Ms. von Bargen holds evening review sessions prior to major tests so that people with after school commitments can attend.
Turn it In: many assignments will be submitted to the website www.turnitin.com. You will need to register for the class using the course names shown below and the password "Biology" Class IDClass Name 16153255 IB Biology I (Period 1) 16153260 IB Biology I (Period 3) 16153268 IB Biology I (Period 4) 16153269 IB Biology I (Period 5)
Group Work: We will frequently work in pairs and teams, particularly in the laboratory. Sometimes I will allow you to choose your own partner, at other times I will assign students to work together. I expect you to accept these assignments without complaint/whining. Although we will do lab work in teams, each student will write up his/her own lab report. 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.
Laboratory Equipment Fines: If you damage, brake or misuse laboratory equipment during class, you are responsible for paying a replacement fee for the item. A fine slip will be written, and you will be required to pay your fee directly to the ASB book keeper.
Leaving Class: One person may leave the classroom at a time. You may not leave the classroom during direct instruction (i.e. lecture or giving directions). Before you leave the classroom you must fill out the sign-out sheet. To sign out, legibly sign your name, list the time you are leaving class, and where you are going. When you return to class, mark the time you returned to class. Although there is no set limit to the number of times you may leave the classroom, if you choose to abuse this privilege you should expect disciplinary action.
Electronics Use: Listening to music is not permitted during direct instruction, group work, or lab experiments. We do utilize cell phones or tablets a lot in class but always with instructors explicit consent. Please be mindful of appropriate use of technology while in a classroom and if you are unsure, ASK.
Computer Use: This course requires that all students utilize a computer to conduct research and to produce various products outside of class time. Therefore all students must have access to a computer and email account. Not having Internet at home is not an excuse for not being able to do the work (If you need help navigating this problem, do ask for help). Additionally, when I do give a homework assignment on Internet, be sure to start it early. Computers have a way of not working when you most need them to.
Cheating: 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 outlined in the student handbook.
Passing calculators during a test, quiz, or other assessment
Copying someone else’s test, quiz, assignment, or report
Letting someone copy from a test, quiz, homework, assignment, or report
Looking at notes or a phone during a test, quiz, or other assessment
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)
Using opinions, facts, ideas, charts, data and direct quotes from research papers, newspapers, magazines, textbooks, websites, or another person without citing the source. If plagiarism is suspected, you will be asked to complete an additional “how to recognize and prevent plagiarism” assignment.
It is assumed that Skyline students are honorable people. Only those lacking in intelligence believe that cheating on academic work is profitable. Students are here to learn; cheating makes learning impossible.
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