2 WELCOME TO THE FIRST YEAR OF IB BIOLOGY HIGHER LEVEL! Two year courseIB exam – May of senior year
3 ThemesFour general biological concepts will be studied as unifying topics throughout the course:Structure and FunctionUniversality versus DiversityEquilibrium within SystemsEvolution
4 Expectations College level science course Success in the course heavy demands on the student’s time and energyYou will often be responsible for several levels of assignments at the same timeSuccess in the courseability to organize yourself and your timeMotivationMaturityattendancedaily study habitsability to read for comprehensionability to communicate well in writingIf you make the time and commitment to study regularly, do all assignments, listen in class, and perform well on the tests, you can and will be successful in this class.
8 The RULES! RULE #1: Be courteous and thoughtful to others. RULE # 2: At the start of the period, all backpacks and purses must be placed on the side of the room.RULE #2: Be prepared to take notes, do labs, and participate in class.RULE #3: Stay in your seat during lectures and discussions.RULE #4: Clean up the classroom before leaving.RULE #5: Observe all safety rules. If you break a safety rule you will receive a "0" for the lab.
9 Technology Rules 1. No cell phones, cameras, or ipods* 2. When using laptopsa. You must sign out a laptopb. Laptops must face the same direction so I can monitor the screens.c. If you are off task:i.The first time – 10% deduction on the assignmentii.The second time – zero on the assignmentd. Use first class only to send and receive saved work.e. When you are done, clear the desktop and empty the trash.f. I must check the laptop before you put it away.*I will make you aware of if and when of any exceptions
10 Behavior Steps and Consequences If these basic rules are followed we will have no problems and the year will be very enjoyable and fun for all of us. If these rules are not followed then there will be disruptions and the learning process will be interrupted. If you choose not to observe these rules certain things will happen.1.A verbal warning and a reflection in your class participation grade.2.The second time I have to ask you to do something you will be asked to stay during lunch. At this meeting we will come up with a plan to help you observe the rules.3.If the behavior continues I will call home and discuss my concerns with your parents in order to try to alleviate the problem.4.If the behavior persists I will involve the administration and together we will devise a plan to alleviate the problem.
11 Tardy Policy You should be in your seat when the bell rings. Your belongings should be placed in the back of the room.Each time you are late, our will be marked off for participation and you are to make up the time during lunch. If the tardiness persists, other consequences will be arranged.
12 Make-up/Late Work Policy Late Assignments There should be no late assignments. No late homework will be accepted. All major assignments will receive a 10% deduction for each CALENDAR day late.Absences You are responsible for getting your missed assignments. IT IS NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY TO REMIND YOU!!Check the wiki dailyBuddy systemWork missed due to an unexcused absence will not be accepted. If your absence is excused you may have one day for every excused day to make up the work. If you miss the day it was due, it is due upon your return. This includes exams. If you only miss the day of the exam you must take it upon your return to class.If you are to miss a class because of an extracurricular activity or field trip or an academic field trip, you are required to turn in any assignments due on that day before you leave for the activity.
13 Class Participation How to get an A for class participation… Be respectful!Follow all class rulesBe in your seat when the bell ringsHave your notebook, pen and any other materials needed for the dayLeave your backpack and all other belongings not necessary for class in the back of the room.Take notesAsk and answer questions
14 Lab ParticipationApproximately 10% of each lab grade will be based upon your lab participationTo receive full credit you must:follow all safety regulationsfollow the procedure correctlybe a valid contributor to your lab groupbe courteous to your classmatesCLEAN UP your lab station
15 What to bring to class every day… TextbookThree-inch, three-ring binderPlease make the following sectionsCourse/IB informationInclude schedules and objectives in this sectionNotesLabsProjects/Tests/Quizzesinclude study guides in this section since you will not be getting back your testsHWComposition notebookHole puncherFolderHighlighterPens/PencilsGraphing Calculator
16 Assignments No late work All assignments must have your name: Other than worksheets all assignments must have the following heading:IB Biology HL NameMrs. Jensen DateNeatness and spelling always countUnless instructed otherwise everything must be written in complete sentencesNo frayed paperHomework will be given an +, , or a - +=outstanding: In addition to being complete and correct the assignment contains the correct heading, is neat, and is written in complete sentences. (100%) =satisfactory: The assignment is complete and correct. (85%) -=unsatisfactory: The assignment is either incomplete or incorrect. (70%)Assignment
17 Notebook check Keep your binder neat and organized! Save all assignments until the end of the marking period.Notes are to be kept all year in preparation for the cumulative final.There will be a notebook check every marking period.
18 TextbooksPlease keep your textbooks covered and in the best condition possible.They will be collected at the end of the year and you will be fined if they are not properly maintained.
19 Property Damage Please keep the lab clean and organized !! “ A place for everything and everything in its place”No chewing gum or candyLaboratory equipment is expensive, please be very careful. We will be using some very high tech equipment and you must treat it with care. If anything is damaged as a result of carelessness, you will be held responsible.No lab equipment or specimens may leave the biology room.Do not write on the desk!
22 HW-Biology Show and Tell For HW tonight please bring in a picture or an article related to biology that you find fascinating.Be prepared to present and discuss your topic for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
23 Expectations Activity With the people at your table:On a whiteboard write 5 things you expect from me as a teacher. Rank them in order of importance.
24 Expectations Activity Now on another whiteboard write 5 things you think I expect from you. Rank them in order of importance.
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