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The Chemistry Curriculum is consistent with the NATIONAL SCIENCE EDUCATION STANDARDS  that students should meet in order to evaluate science concepts.  The Chemistry Curriculum provides opportunities to demonstrate the ability to represent data, explain scientific concepts, investigate problems, use technology and tools and work individually and in groups.   

1.   Come to class prepared for work.  You must have your notebook, your textbook and a writing instrument.
2.   Make up all work missed due to class absence.  You are responsible for all class work, notes, homework, tests, and quizzes.
3.   Homework is an essential part of this course.  All assignments, both written and read, are to be completed by due day.  It is imperative that the completion of the all assignments be the results of
your own efforts.  Individual involvement is the only way to develop understanding.
4.    If you are having difficulty in Chemistry, report for after-school help.  After-school help is always available.  Do not let yourself fall behind.  It is easier to keep up than to catch up.   GET INVOLVED!
5.    Typical class activity sequence:
            A. Review of previous->  B. Presentation of  -->  C. Preliminary
                 topic or discussion       new information          demonstration
                 of homework                 or problems         of understanding 
                                                                   1.  Questions
                                                                   2.  Problems
                                                                   3.  Video
                                                                    4.  Demo   


One factor for successful learning that is often undervalued - IS YOU!  To ensure maximum learning results, I would recommend that you  perform a self-evaluation.  Are you doing everything possible? For example:
1.  Are you reading your textbook and taking notes as you read.  Remember, the  book is your primary source of information. This is a factor often overlooked by students.

2.  How involved are you in the daily class exchange of information.  Do you contribute or ask questions?

3.  Do you stay after school for remedial help, if necessary?

4.  Have you put in sufficient amounts of study time?

5.  Should you do more?

6.  Are you taking advantage of every opportunity to get extra credit?

7.  Are your homework and lab reports the results of your own efforts and represent your best efforts?

8.  Have you repeated all the low-grade quizzes?  (general level only)  If you have, did  you do additional studying to prepare?

9.  Did you make up any missing assignments?

10.  Could you improve your attention in class and carefully follow all directions?

11.  Are you taking notes of class discussions and adding your own annotations?

12.  Are there other actions you can take?

13.  Could you improve on any of the above areas?

If you want to earn better grades, all of these areas should be evaluated and improved as needed.  Every area that is less than your best effort reduces the possibility of obtaining your best grade.