I'm sure you all are almost as excited and anxious as I am for this first day of semester 2! Can't Wait!
Chemistry 30 is not an easy course. It's applicable, it's interesting, it's (often) necessary, but it's hard. The good thing about this semester, is that (right now) there are 11 students registered for the class. Eleven students means that this class will be very one on one, almost like a tutorial! That being said, I can bring the chemistry to these students, but it is their job to work hard, learn and understand the material I introduce to them! Yes, chem 30 is chalk full of labs and projects, and it is a lot of work, but I provide ample in class work time, and opportunities to be successful. This has been converted into higher grades on the diploma, as the understanding of the material is deeper.
As mentioned in my plethora of emails, if a student is struggling in this unique chem 30 setting within the first 2 weeks, they will be encouraged to transfer over to the science 30 class option (which is held during my chem 30 class, in the same space, so the transition will be seem-less). It is my hopes that every student that enters my class this semester, will leave having successfully earned at least 5 credits!
This week in Chem 30
Monday: WHMIS and Topic 1 Heat
Tuesday: Topic 2 Enthalpy
Wednesday: Topic 3 Reaction Enthalpy
Thursday: Work Period / Lab Prep
Friday: Topic 4 Hess' Law
Upcoming Due Dates
Tues Feb 2: WHMIS due
Fri Feb 5: Course Outline due
Wed Feb 10: Quiz 1 (topic 1-5)
So. This is the end. The students have 2 days of mandatory class left. After that, it is preparing for the torturous final exams. :(
Last week, the chem 30s completed the acid base unit D test, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well the kids did on (probably) the most difficult unit in chem 30. The average of the 45 kid that are taking chem right now was 62%, higher than 2 (out of 3) of the other unit tests! For those kids who did not do as well on the test as they want to, there is a rewrite, so as long as they made the decision to hand the 3 labs of this unit in on time, there should be no worries. During class on Friday, we went through the unit tests, and many of the kids realized (yet again) the importance of completing their homework (as many test questions were straight out of their assignments).
On Thursday last week, the kids performed the first Government issued field test in the hybrid online format. I am not a big fan of field tests, but the government requires teachers to perform field tests to test out future diploma questions. What came out of the test was firstly - I'm not a big fan of the whole half online half on paper hybrid format for chemistry. As well, many kids actually know more than they think they do! This is great! Hopefully, that means, after more preparation, the students will do well on the in class final and diploma exam!
This week in chem 30, I will provide in class review on Monday and Tuesday, as well as time for the students to work on their project (due Tuesday), corrections on the unit d exam (for rewriting Wednesday) and studying (for their in class final Thursday). Wednesday - Friday classes are not mandatory - other than the unit test. Students have the option of coming in for help with studying or tips for the exam, but other than that, it's crunch time!
A reminder that in the in class final exam, although only worth 5% of the grade overall, is important to study for. If a student does better on the final than they did on the midterm the final exam mark will replace the midterm grade, thus, the final exam mark CAN be worth up to 20% of the overall chem 30 grade! This is HUGE! So kids want to do well on this test! The format of the exam is exactly like a diploma exam, to allow students to be prepared for the dreaded diploma on Wednesday January 27 - at 9am!!
This Week in Chem 30
Monday: Review Unit A/B
Tuesday: Review Unit C/D
Wednesday: UNIT D REWRITE (optional) 1:30-3:00pm
Thursday: IN CLASS FINAL EXAM 1:30-3:30pm
Friday: Flex Tutorial Time
Upcoming Due Dates in Chem 30
Tuesday Jan 11 @ 4pm: Equilibrium Project due
Wednesday Jan 12 @1:30pm: UNIT D REWRITE EXAM
Thursday Jan 13 @ 1:30pm: IN CLASS FINAL
Chem 30 Diploma Exam: Wednesday January 27
Hopefully everyone had a happy, healthy and restful winter break, and you are ready for a productive January!! (Let's be honest NO ONE is ready to go back to school tomorrow!) Since we are done the curricular requirements and are simply winding down and finishing projects and assignments prior to the final exam, this week will be full of work / study periods for the Chem 30s.
Students and parents may be wondering about the Government Field Test. This test is provided by Alberta Education not to test the students, but to assess the appropriateness of potential questions for future diploma exams. This exam is not worth any marks in class, however it will help students assess themselves on potential things they need to review for the final the following week.
A reminder about the in class final: This test is worth only 5% of the students' overall marks, however, if the grade is an improvement on their midterm mark, the midterm will be replaces, and thus the final CAN be worth 20% of the overall chem 30 grade. This is a HUGE opportunity for students to do better, so I would encourage students to work hard and study for this final assessment!
This week in Chem 30
Monday: Review Period (P3 assembly)
Tuesday: Work / Study Period
Wednesday: Unit D Acid Base Test
Thursday: Government Field Test
Friday: Work / Study Period
Upcoming Due Dates
Mon Jan 4: Last day to hand in Buffer Lab
Wed Jan 6: Unit D Test
Thurs Jan 7: Government Field Test (no marks)
Fri Jan 8: Titration Lab due
Tues Jan 12: Equilibrium Project due
Wed Jan 13 (FLEX DAY): Rewrite Unit D In Class (optional)
Thursday January 14: CHEM 30 IN CLASS FINAL
Wed Jan 27: CHEM 30 DIPLOMA
Ms. Kendra Mogck