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Honors Biology Syllabus

Course DescriptionScience proficiency depends on acquisition of skills, comprehension, and experiences which combine other  disciplines such as technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. When combined, this allows people to live interesting, responsible, and productive lives. In this class you will develop an understanding of how life functions.

Biology

            Do you remember growing up exploring the outside world, what it felt like to discover something new?  The first time you went to the zoo, aquarium, or park?  Do you remember reading about this new thing and drawing pictures of it?  Do you remember how much fun it was to discover new things?  Well this year you are in luck, because in my classroom we will be diving into a whole new world of discoveries that will help you understand the world we live in.  From apples to zebras we will cover all things that are alive and allow you to experience for yourself what it feels like to be a scientist.  For those who are interested in the medical field, I was once on track to enter med school and I have a vast knowledge of the human body and how it works.  As we go along, you will see the relevance of biology and you’ll hopefully begin to make your own connection to this magnificence world. If you work with me, I will do all I can to help grow as an individual and hopefully pass my class at the same time.  But there are some rules to follow in my class:


Classroom expectations

1.     Be an active listener while teacher is talking

2.     Remain in your seat

3.     Raise your hand to contribute to class

4.     Food is reserved for the cafeteria (water ok)

5.     Be respectful

Consequences

Failure to abide to the rules will have consequences:

1.     Verbal warning

2.     Speak to teacher after class

3.     Detention

4.     Call home/parent conference

5.     Visit to principal

6.     In school detention

*When you see me raise my hand, it’s a good time to focus on me and pay attention.

Tentative schedule for semester

·      1st week

o   Intro to classroom expectations

o   Expected classroom behaviors

o   Lab safety

o Ice breakers

o Thinking outside the box activities

·      2nd week

o Intro lab

o Lab reports

o Lab safety/cleanup

o Lab expectations

·      First Unit: Sept

o Scientific Method/Engineering Process

·      Second Unit: October

o   Biochemistry

·      Third Unit: November

o   Cellular Biology

·      Fourth Unit: December

o   Photosynthesis/Cellular Respiration

·      Fifth Unit (Jan)

o   DNA/Genetics

·      Sixth Unit-Feb/March

o   Organisms/homeostasis

·      Seventh Unit-April

o   Ecosystems/Human impacts

·      Eight Unit-May-June

o   Evolution

Grading System

·      100-90% A

·      89-80% B

·      79-70% C

.  69-60% D

. <59% F


Sample assignments:

·      Take home Quizzes

·      Notebook

·      Homework assignments 

·      Hands on activities/Experiments

·      Lab reports/CER's 

·      Chapter tests/PBL Projects/Engineering Models 

Tests/Quizzes

            Tests can be given at end of each unit, so please be aware of upcoming test dates (I will let you know at least a week in advance).  Any cheating will be automatic zero, and automatic referral to office. Quizzes can be given at any time, be sure to keep up with your notes and homework.

 

Homework

Will be given at least 2-3 week. Individual assignments will be assigned and turned in the electronically or physically the NEXT DAY.  Most labs consist of a post-lab section that is assigned as homework, if not finished during class.  If you are absent due to valid reason, you are given the amount of days missed to make up any work.


Late Work

The last day to turn in any late work will be on the date of current unit exam/project. No exceptions!

Absences/Tardies

    It is the responsibility of the student to find out what he/she missed during absences.  A student is truant if he/she is more than 15 minutes late to class or leaves without permission or has an unexcused absence.  Students may not be allowed to make up work when truant.  

A student is considered tardy if he/she is not in their seat when the bell rings.  You receive one free pass, more can be earned through in-class prizes.  However, constant tardies will follow the same consequence protocol.  School policy will be enforced on all absences/tardies according to 

AR 5121

"All CVUSD and TOHS attendance policies and procedures will be followed in this class.  Students may be dropped from the class due to excessive [>18] truancies, absences, and/or tardies". AR 5121


Tips for Success

1.     Come to class

a.     If you miss information, get it from someone else or check my website

2.     Bring recommending materials

a.     Composition notebook

b.     Writing utensils

c.  Chromebook

3.     Take good notes

a.     Summarize my notes in your own words

b.     Listen to what I say, not necessarily what is displayed

4.     Take advantage of my office hours (M,T,TH 30min after school) or by appointment

5.     Try, try, and keep trying

a.     Don’t give up

b.  Its ok to fail, as long as learn from it

6.     Have fun

a.     Don’t get stressed when things don’t click

b.     Remember when you were younger, how fun it was discovering new things

7.     Do your homework!

 

Lets have fun and learn at the same time

 

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