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
Ms. Kendra Mogck