Guided Academics – Science 	  Syllabus  2011-2012  1st Trimester	     I.     General	  Information	            Course	  ...
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WEEK	  3	  –	  Be	  Successful	  in	  the	  Classroom	         •    -­‐Be	  in	  school,	  on	  time,	  everyday.	  	  Whe...
•    -­‐Use	  tricks	  to	  help	  you	  memorize	  information,	  such	  as	  flashcards;	  stare	  at	  	  what	  you	  ...
•    -­‐Pay	  attention	  to	  boldfaced	  subtitles,	  the	  important	  words	  that	  are	  in	  italic	  or	  bold	  p...
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Guided Academics Science Syllabus

  1. 1. Guided Academics – Science  Syllabus  2011-2012  1st Trimester   I. General  Information   Course   Guided  Academics  –  Science     Instructor   Mr.  Dunn   Room   C  10   Email   jdunn@admin.clio.k12.mi.us   Phone   (810)  591-­‐     II. Grading  Procedures  and  Regulations     General   Your  grade  for  this  course  will  be  based  on  your  performance  on  the  Weekly  Action   Sheet,  Grade  Tracker,  blog  posts,  and  other  assignments  to  be  determined.    This  class  is   meant  to  support  your  efforts  in  other  classes.     Grading  Scale   A   93  –  100   C   73  –  76   A-­‐   90  –  92   C-­‐   70-­‐72   B+   87  –  89   D+   67  –  69   B   83  –  86   D   63  –  66   B-­‐   80  –  82   D-­‐   60  –  62   C+   77  –  79   F   <60     III. Class  Expectations   • Show  up  on  time  and  prepared  everyday.   • Always  be  on  task.    Not  sometimes.    Not  usually.   • Respect  yourself  and  your  classmates.   • Ask  questions  when  you  have  them.   • Use  appropriate  language.   • Turn  in  your  work  on  time.   • Give  your  best  effort  on  every  assignment.   • Have  fun—of  course,  if  the  other  expectations  have  also  been  met.        
  2. 2. TRIMESTER  PLAN   (for  all  Guided  Academics  Classes…Our  plan  may  be  modified)  WEEK  1  –  Believe  in  Yourself   • In  order  for  you  to  succeed,  you  have  to  believe  in  yourself  and  your  abilities.    You  need  to  recognize  the   talents  and  abilities  you  possess,  and  you  must  know,  and  believe,  that  you  can  succeed.      Think  about   each  course  you’re  taking  and  the  highest  grade  you  think  you  can  earn  in  it.    Think  of  this  as  your   academic  goals  for  this  grading  period.   • Get  to  know  each  other   • Strengths/Weaknesses   • Goal  Setting   • Learning  Style    WEEK  2  –  Be  Organized  /  Manage  your  Time  Well   • -­‐Use  the  time  teachers  give  you  or  study  hall  to  ask  questions,  get  help,  or  start  on  your  homework.   • -­‐Figure  out  a  schedule  and  study  plan  that  works  for  you.    Determine  how  much  time  you  have  and  how   much  you  have  to  do  in  the  day  then  develop  a  plan.    For  example:   • 3:00-­‐5:00  Band  Practice   • 5:00-­‐6:00  Do  Math  homework   • 6:00-­‐8:00  Study  for  quiz  and  do  biology  questions   • -­‐Prepare  for  interruptions  by  avoiding  them.    For  example,  take  calls  or  watch  tv  only  after  9pm,  when  you   have  already  completed  all  your  homework.   • -­‐Use  an  assignment  notebook  or  a  planner.    Write  down  all  assignments  and  due  dates.    Break  up  large   assignments  into  smaller  parts  so  you’re  not  overwhelmed  with  trying  to  do  it  all  and  finish  at  once.     • -­‐Use  three  ring  notebooks  for  class  notes.    This  makes  it  easy  to  insert  handouts  and  copies  of  notes  you   might  have  missed.   • -­‐Use  different  color  folders  with  pockets  for  each  class.    Keep  current  and  past  assignments,  tests,  and   quizzes  of  each  class  in  them.    Having  all  the  class  work  together  can  help  you  study  for  future  tests  and  it   may  come  in  handy  if  there  is  ever  a  question  about  a  grade.   • -­‐Have  at  least  one  classmate’s  phone  number  for  each  class.    If  you’re  absent  or  you  have  a  question   about  an  assignment  having  someone  to  call  and  find  out  information  is  handy.   • -­‐Keep  your  locker  and  backpack  neat,  clean,  and  organized.    Never  put  loose  papers  in  them,  always  put   them  in  their  appropriate  folder.   • -­‐Get  organized  before  you  go  to  bed.    Put  completed  homework  in  its  corresponding  folder  and  put   everything  you  need  for  the  next  day  in  the  same  place  each  night.    This  will  minimize  the  chances  of   forgetting  something  the  next  day.    Use  sticky  notes  to  remind  yourself  of  what  you  need  to  do  in  the   morning.   • Goal  achievement  process        
  3. 3. WEEK  3  –  Be  Successful  in  the  Classroom   • -­‐Be  in  school,  on  time,  everyday.    When  you  miss  school,  you  miss  quizzes,  assignments,  lectures,  notes,   class  discussions,  etcetera.    No  matter  how  good  you  think  you  are  at  making  up,  you  can  never  make  up   for  everything  you  missed.   • -­‐Learn  how  to  adapt  to  different  teachers.    Know  your  teachers,  their  rules,  teaching  styles  so  you  can   make  the  most  of  your  classes.   • -­‐Be  prepared  for  each  class.    You  need  to  have  all  your  supplies  (books,  paper,  pencils,  and  folders)  with   you  for  each  class.    You  also  need  to  have  your  homework  done.    Being  prepared  also  means  being   mentally  alert,  getting  exercise,  enough  sleep,  and  good  nutrition.   • -­‐Sit  in  the  front  row  of  the  class  if  possible.    It  is  easier  to  pay  attention,  participate  and  avoid  distractions   when  you  sit  at  the  front.    It  is  also  easier  to  ask  questions  and  see  what’s  being  presented.   • -­‐Be  aware  of  your  body  language.    Teachers  are  at  the  front  and  they  can  see  everything  and  everyone,   even  the  back  row.    Slouching,  rolling  your  eyes,  sighing,  putting  your  head  down  say  that  you  don’t  care,   and  teachers  notice  this.    Your  body  language  must  show  you  want  to  get  good  grades.   • -­‐Always  do  your  homework.    Think  of  homework  as  something  you  must  (not  should)  do.    Your  grade   drops  every  time  you  miss  an  assignment.    Whenever  possible  do  extra  credit  work.   • -­‐Participate  in  class.    Participating  might  give  you  extra  points,  helps  you  focused,  and  makes  the  class   more  interesting.   • -­‐Be  a  good  group  member.    Do  your  share  of  the  work  and  do  it  well.    Accept  that  everyone  is  different   and  be  open  to  all  ideas.    Support  all  your  group  members.   • -­‐Treat  others  with  courtesy  and  respect,  the  way  you  want  to  be  treated.    Be  polite,  look  at  your  teachers   when  they’re  speaking,  listen  while  others  are  talking.    Be  aware  of  the  tone  of  your  voice,  the  tone  also   communicates  a  message.    Remember  that  teachers  are  people  too,  they  appreciate  when  a  student   shows  interest  in  them.    Give  positive  comments  whenever  a  situation  makes  it  possible.   • -­‐Involve  your  parents.    When  they  ask  you  what  you  did,  tell  them,  they  will  like  the  fact  that  you  tell   them  about  what  you  are  learning  at  school.    Whenever  possible  let  your  parents  help  you  with  an   assignment,  studying  by  quizzing  you,  listen  to  you  practice  a  speech,  or  read  over  a  paper  you’ve  written.     Parents  can  also  intervene  on  your  behalf  when  you  have  a  problem  and  help  with  difficult  situations.   • Review  Learning  Style    WEEK  4  –  Study  Smart  /  Use  Test-­‐Taking  Strategies   • -­‐Find  a  good  place  to  study.    Make  sure  it  has  a  surface  for  writing,  it  is  well  lit,  comfortable,  and  equipped   with  (or  have  space  for)  all  the  supplies  you  need  and  your  books.    Listening  to  classical  music  can  improve   your  concentration  while  you  study.   • -­‐Just  get  started.    Don’t  put  off  studying  until  later  or  you’re  in  the  mood.    Start  with  a  simple  subject  and   just  start  studying.    Organize  your  study  time  by  making  a  plan,  deciding  what  you  want  to  get  done  and   the  order  you  are  going  to  do  it.    Prioritize  and  allow  more  time  than  you  think  you’ll  need.    Study  your   least  favorite  subject  first  to  get  it  out  of  the  way  and  alternate  types  of  assignments.    Take  a  short  break   every  20  minutes  to  get  a  drink  of  water  and  stretch.   • -­‐Know  your  learning  style.    Figure  out  if  you’re  a  visual,  auditory  or  kinesthetic  learner.   • -­‐Know  how  to  study  for  tests.    Understand  the  big  picture,  know  the  main  points  and  key  facts.    Pay   particularly  close  attention  in  class  the  day  before  a  test.    Have  all  your  reading  done  ahead  of  time.    Go   over  important  facts  and/or  formulas  as  much  as  possible  before  you  take  the  test.  
  4. 4. • -­‐Use  tricks  to  help  you  memorize  information,  such  as  flashcards;  stare  at    what  you  want  to  memorize,   say  it  out  loud,  close  your  eyes  and  do  it  again;  go  over  any  information  you  want  to  remember  right   before  you  go  to  sleep;  use  acronyms;  use  the  first  letter  of  words  you  want  to  remember  to  make  up  silly   sentences;  look  for  an  easy  or  logical  connection;  use  diagrams  to  group  information;  use  ridiculous   images  to  help  trigger  your  memory.   • -­‐Get  off  to  a  good  start.    Have  everything  you  need  for  the  test  when  you  go  to  class  and  try  to  relax  right   before  the  test.    As  soon  as  you  get  the  test,  write  down  anything  you  want  to  remember  from  your   memory  aids.    Read  the  directions  and  write  your  name.   • -­‐Quickly  look  over  the  test  and  develop  a  plan.    Decide  how  long  you  will  spend  in  each  section  and  try  to   give  yourself  a  few  minutes  at  the  end  to  check  your  answers.    Read  each  question  carefully.   • -­‐Mark  the  questions  you  want  to  go  return  to.    Don’t  spend  too  much  time  on  any  one  question  or   problem.    Don’t  panic  if  you  don’t  know  the  answers  to  the  first  few  questions,  go  back  to  them  and  you’ll   probably  remember  the  answers.   • -­‐Multiple  choice  questions.    Try  to  come  up  with  the  answer  in  your  head  before  you  look  at  the  choices.     Read  all  the  choices.    When  you’re  unsure,  eliminate  the  choices  you  know  are  incorrect  first,  and  then   make  an  educated  guess.   • -­‐True/False  questions.    Look  for  key  words,  read  carefully;  one  word  will  often  determine  whether  the   statement  is  true  or  false.    Statements  with  always/never  are  usually  false;  those  with  usually/often/most   are  usually  true.   • -­‐Draw  a  diagram  or  picture  when  solving  a  difficult  math  problem.    Show  all  your  work,  you  may  get   partial  credit.   • -­‐Open  book  tests  require  preparation.    Highlight  your  notes,  use  sticky  notes  or  bookmarks  to  help  you   locate  information.    Write  down  information  you  will  need  on  a  separate  piece  of  paper.   • -­‐For  essay  tests  it  is  important  that  before  you  do  any  writing,  brainstorm.    Take  a  moment  to  write  down   what  you  know  about  the  subject  and  make  a  quick  outline.    Note  how  many  points  each  question  is   worth  and  spend  time  on  it  accordingly.    Begin  writing  using  clear,  concise  sentences  and  write  legibly.   • Review  learning  style    WEEK  5  –  Take  good  notes  /  Know  how  to  read  a  textbook   • -­‐Be  an  active  listener,  think  about  and  try  to  understand  what  is  being  presented.   • -­‐Take  notes  to  help  you  pay  attention.    Thinking  about  the  lecture  helps  you  stayed  focused  so  you  don’t   have  time  to  think  about  anything  else.    Taking  notes  also  shows  your  teacher  you’re  interested  in  the   class  and  paying  attention.   • -­‐Recognize  important  information.    Listen  for  changes  in  tone  in  you’re  teacher’s  voice  and  for  verbal  cues   like  “the  most  important  reason”  or  “the  three  causes.”    Most  of  what  is  on  the  board  or  on  an  overhead   is  important,  highlight  this  information.   • -­‐Take  notes  that  are  easy  to  read  and  organized.    Put  the  name  of  the  class  and  date  on  every  page  of   notes.    Leave  space  to  add  information  later  and  write  key  words  on  the  margins.    Use  symbols  and   abbreviations.    Use  erasable  pen/pencil.   • -­‐Go  over  your  notes  as  soon  as  possible,  this  will  help  clarify  any  information  that’s  confusing  and  help   you  remember  the  lecture.    Redo  your  notes  whenever  possible,  eliminate  unimportant  information  and   rewrite  the  rest  in  your  own  words.    This  way  you  are  relearning  and  “fixing”  the  information  in  your   memory.   • -­‐Get  copies  of  class  notes  when  you  are  absent.  
  5. 5. • -­‐Pay  attention  to  boldfaced  subtitles,  the  important  words  that  are  in  italic  or  bold  print,  charts,   vocabulary  words,  summaries,  and  review  questions.   • -­‐Scan  to  get  an  overview  of  the  material  and  get  an  information  outline.   • -­‐Read  to  comprehend.    Turn  bold  subtitles  into  questions,  keep  your  questions  in  mind  and  try  to  answer   them  when  you  finish  the  section.   • -­‐Review  what  you  read.  This  makes  a  huge  difference  in  remembering  the  material.    Read  the  bold  print   and  briefly  state  what  it  means  and  why  it’s  significant.    Answer  all  of  the  review  questions.    Review   everything  again  a  day  or  two  later.    WEEK  6  –  Reduce  Test  Anxiety  /  Get  help  when  you  need  it.  (Importance  due  to  midterms.)   • -­‐Start  studying  early,  study  enough  so  you  feel  confident  that  you  know  the  material.    Replace  worry  and   negative  thoughts  with  positive  thoughts  and  relaxing.    Cramming  increases  anxiety.   • -­‐Learn  and  practice  relaxation  techniques.    Take  a  deep  breath,  hold  it,  release  slowly,  and  repeat.    Staring   at  the  top  of  your  head  flex  and  relax  each  part  of  your  body.    Close  your  eyes  and  relax,  visualize  tension   flowing  out  of  your  body,  relaxing  your  muscles.   • -­‐Walk  with  confidence,  head  up  and  shoulders  back.    How  you  act  can  definitely  affect  how  you  feel.   • -­‐When  you  have  a  problem,  do  something  to  resolve  it.    Most  questions  can  be  answered  and  problems   resolved  when  you  explain  them  to  the  appropriate  person.    Remember  your  teachers,  counselors,   principals,  and  your  parents  can  help.   • -­‐Everyone  has  problems.    When  your  problems  feel  overwhelming,  get  help.    Problems  with  alcohol,   drugs,  pregnancy,  eating  disorder,  health  concern,  abusive  relationship,  depression  or  problems  at  home   need  to  be  addressed  immediately.    All  kinds  of  students  go  through  struggle  every  day.  Be  smart  and  get   help.    WEEK  7  –  Intervention  week  based  on  mid-­‐term  grades  (Everyone  will  receive  an  intervention,  even  if  prior  interventions  were  given.)   • *At-­‐Risk  Liaison  /  Counselors  program   • Mini-­‐staffing  with  individual  student,  teacher,  and  maybe  an  administrator    WEEK  8  –  Attitude  /  Motivation   • “Attitude  is  like  peeing  your  pants.  Everyone  can  see  it,  but  only  you  can  feel  it.”  –Jeff  Yalden    WEEK  9  -­‐  Communication   • Proper  ways  of  talking  to  other  people  in  certain  situations   • Reactions  to  different  situations   • *At-­‐Risk  Liaison  /  Counselors  /  Guest  Speakers      
  6. 6. WEEK  10  –  Review  of  Test  Taking  Strategies  WEEK  11   • Testing/Final  Exam  Prep    WEEK  12   • Study  for  final  exam   • Possible  extended  time  for  taking  final  exams    Summary  from  How  To  Get  Good  Grades  In  Ten  Easy  Steps,  Woodburn  Press      

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