And we're back! Prior to the break, the science 30s had a busy week, including their first lab report, a project and a quiz. All in all I was a bit disappointed with the results of all 3 of the assessments, but hopefully this will be the "kick in the bum" the kids need to start putting in a little bit more effort... before the nice weather starts melting their brains with thoughts of grad ;)
If you head over to PowerSchool and take a look at your son or daughter's mark, you may see a relatively low score. This could be due to a few things:
First, they may be missing a lab or project (having not handed it in before the break). I am currently missing 6 lab reports and 7 heart health flyers (not a good start!).
Second, they may not have done so well on the quiz. Luckily, the quizzes are rewritable. All the students have to do is complete corrections and all of their homework in their booklets, proving to me that they have put in the effort required to rewrite and are prepared. From there, students can book a time during FLT or lunch (or during their spare) to come in and rewrite the quiz (and no it will not be the same quiz!)
Third, they may not have done well on their first lab report. This is ok, because once they get the lab back, they will see a variety of comments, showing them where to go from here, and how to improve their mark! If they are unclear about how to improve, students are welcome to ask questions to help them learn!
So, all in all, I'm hoping to get overloaded with these assignments students chose not to hand in on Tuesday, so that all of those marks can go up to where they should be! Now, what's going on this week?!
This week in Chem 30
Monday: still off... kids never seem to be at school anymore ;)
Tuesday: intro to genetics
Wednesday: mitosis and meiosis
Thursday: early inheritance
Friday: DNA / quick lab
Upcoming Due Dates
Friday February 27 - Genetics Lab due
Tuesday March 3 - DNA Quick Lab due
Friday March 6 - Tech Inquiry due
Friday March 6 - Unit A Test
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Well we are one week in and students are quickly learning science 30 is not going to be a joke! First day of class, the science 30s were assigned a lab in which they had to exercise, and this seemed to be an issue for many of them! The students have come to science with an open mind and positive attitude, and hopefully it will continue for the rest of the semester!
This week, we are diving into the immune system and genetics, and after that, the students have a 9 day break due to teacher convention! It is my hopes that they don't forget everything they have learned up to that point, but we will see Feb 24 when we get back!
This week in Science 30
Monday: Heart Health Flyer Work
Tuesday: Immune System
Wednesday: Quiz 1 (Heart and Immune System)
Thursday: Into to Genetics
Friday: Genetics Lab
Upcoming Due Dates
Wednesday Feb 11: Quiz 1
Wednesday Feb 11: Heart Rate Lab due
Friday Feb 13: Heart Health Flyer due
A quick note: this semester I have started to do Friday Exit Slips that are a really great tool that allow me to see what students are understanding from the week. The Exit Slips are (mainly) open book, and between 1-4 questions long. Overall, these slips will be worth less than 4% of the total mark, and are an excellent indicator of student understanding as time goes by! I feel these are an excellent indicator for me as the teacher, and great help for studying for students, as they will be comprised of diploma exam style questions to study from!
Ms. Kendra Mogck