Chat times for 2012/2013
Dr. Christe Ann McMenomy
Procedures, Methods, Goals, and Expectations
Class Meetings: Two per week
You get to chat sessions by logging into the Moodle, clicking on the course name, and looking for the chat associated with the day's date. Each session has its own link, which will become a link to the log once that chat session is over.
During each chat session, we will base our discussions on the material in Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity and any assigned Website presentations and go over your posted solutions to selected homework problems. We will also take Web Tours of sites which have interesting graphics or simulations.
You may raise questions about the material from the text, website presentations, your homework, your labs, or (if we have time) issues in the media which have a chemistry connection, such as organic chemistry, pollution, global warming, and pharmaceuticals. You will be asked to host part of one evening session, which will require you to prepare material and questions for the rest of the class to discuss.
I realize that occasionally you may need to miss our online chat sessions, because of illness or family emergencies, and occasionally because of planned activities. You must have a parent notify me of your absence and the reason, either by email or Moodle Message, if at all possible before the session starts. You are still responsible for posting all homework assignments to the class forums, and for mastering the materials covered in class by reviewing logs of any class sessions you have missed.
All reading assignments for the semester will be posted in the course calendar at the beginning of the course. Reading assignments include material from the textbook, my online lectures, and on occasion, readings from other websites. You will be sent the class password to this site during the week prior to the start of classes in September; it will different from the password that you use to access the Moodle, as the two sites are independent. You are expected to read the material before attending the lecture session.
Materials on the companion website: Plan on working through the materials for each section on the companion website. These sections are indicated by icons in the text. These may take the form of videos and animations demonstrating various principles and reactions, or they may include simulations, tutorials and other exercises. You should work through online helps for any area of the text which you find confusing or difficult to remember.
Problems and Exercises: Homework assignments for the each session will be posted by the end of the previous session. Ideally, you should do all the study questions and assigned homework problems from the text, and correct them yourself using answers posted by your fellow students, or have a parent help you check these using the answers in the back of the book. These exercises expose you to different ways of learning and using the concepts from the text and in class lectures.
Do not simply look up the correct answers in the back of the books!
Working through the exercises will require you to think carefully about the details behind the major concepts, which will help you learn and retain them much better than simply memorizing the answers to a specific set of questions.
You will be responsible for presenting solutions with detailed comments in class or to the forum to specific homework problems. I generally do not require that you turn in the rest of the homework problems or workbook answers to me, since you or your parents can check these yourselves by referring to the answers in the back of the book, or the solutions posted by other students in the class forum. Entering chemical solutions into a text file on the computer is an exercise in typing, not in chemistry; I believe that your time is better spent working on learning the material itself. Because I'm not checking your work off on a spreadsheet, you may be tempted to skip doing workbook exercises or homework problems assigned to other students for presentation.
Most of the quiz and exam questions I use to evaluate your work will be based on these exercises. The more you do, the more thoroughly you score yourself and review questions you missed, the better prepared you will be. If you plan to take the SAT II or AP Chemistry examinations, dedicated and steady preparation throughout the year is essential.
Labs are optional; see the labs page for more information.
Quizzes and Exams
After you have reviewed all the chapter materials, especially those areas where you missed homework assignments or companion site drills, you should take the online quiz for the chapter. Your score for this quiz will be considered in determining your final grade, but more important for most of you, your experience of the quiz will get you used to the kinds of questions you will be asked on the SAT II or Chemistry AP exam.
My online quizzes contain questions on basic chemistry concents, but also questions similar to those on the SAT II and AP Chemistry examinations, and though based on the same material as the text, may use different phrasing or ask you to consider different applications from those in the text. Scores on the online quizzes will help me determine your mastery of concepts in this course, but also help you determine how well prepared you are for the standardized tests.
When you take the online quiz, you will receive your score immediately, along with an email recording your answers and the rationale behind the question and its answer.
Whether or not you plan to take the SAT II and/or the AP, the online quizzes are required.
Exams will be given at the end of each term. These must be taken under parental supervision and returned to the teacher by electronic or regular mail for grading. In addition, a paper copy signed by the parent must be returned by regular United States mail to the teacher, verifying that the exam was taken under the
Putting it all together
Keeping track of everything can be quite a challenge. Here's one possiblity for pacing yourself through the week. You can use this as an starting point or change it all around to suit your ownstudy style. Have your parents go over your schedule and make arrangements for them to checkyour work regularly.
Notice that I haven't scheduled anything for Saturday; you may want to keep that day open to do labs or to catch up if you get behind during the week. I also never schedule material to be turned inon Sundays; while I may read email on Sundays, I do no grading that day and will not respond to questions unless there is an emergency.
The Scholars Online Moodle and Chemistry Course Materials
The Moodle server at Scholars Online will host our chats, the forums for your class assignements, the quizzes, and the schedule for our work. Access will be limited to class members. We also have the ability to create Wiki entries (good for learning terminology), take surveys, and work on group activities. Students performing labs for the lab option, and students taking the AP option will have forums for their work in these areas. Since only members of the class will see your postings, you should feel free to use the class forum to ask questions and contact each other about class business, and to continue discussions for which we may not have time in class, but remember:
I reserve the right to pull any threads or entries which I feel are unsuitable, so keep it clean and charitable.
Just so we are all headed in the same direction....
You are expected to:
You may expect me to:
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