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Course Expectations 2011/2012

June 25, 2011

Course Expectations:

Earth Science 11
Electronics Technology 10/11/12
Broadcast Communication 10/11/12

Teacher:    Mr. B. Yu
Date:          2011/2012

(1)     Required Text and Materials

Textbook may vary from course to course and from grade level to grade level.  All required text(s) will be provided to the student.  All other materials will be photocopied. 

(2)     Absences and Attendance

Inappropriate Attendance will result in the failure of the course.
(At the teacher’s discretion, in consultation with department head, counsellor, and grade vice principal.)

Lates are at times unavoidable, but should be kept to a minimum.

Any absences should be reported in writing (notes) to the teacher.  If you know that you will be away ahead of time, please let the teacher know as soon as possible.  Ultimately, it is the student’s personal responsibility to maintain the progress of learning.  Therefore, it is the student’s responsibility to catch up on what was missed and to submit any work necessary for evaluation.  (Don’t blame the Teacher!)

Late work will not be accepted.  Penalties may be applied to late work with sufficient reason(s).

(3)     Computer Related Work

There will be a major component dealing with computers and the Internet. 

It is not necessary for a student to have a computer at home. 

After school – lab hours are available (generally) from 3:10pm to 5:00pm Tue. – Fri.  Class time will also be available to complete ‘in class assignments’. 

Misuse of school computer equipment for non-course related activities will result in the suspension of computer privilege.  (Be Bad and No More Computer For YOU!)  However, you are still required to complete all computer related assignments. 

All work must be completed on time and within expectation to the assignment’s requirement(s).

 

(4)        At School – In Class Behaviour

MP3 Player/other music devices

– Don’t bring them to class!

Cell phones

– Make sure they are turned off and not seen by others.

Anger and violent confrontations

– If someone is angry and aggressive towards you; immediately step back away from this person, find the teacher and explain what happen.  Don’t be a victim to someone else’s aggression. 

– If you yourself becomes angry; immediately stop, sit down, and call the teacher for help.  Don’t be a victim of your own aggression.

Interpersonal communication skills

  1. Learning to work with others is an essential part of the learning process.
  2. Learning to share materials and tools is a vital life skill that needs to be practiced everyday.
  3. Learning to be patient with others develops personal character.
  4. Learning to be respectful of others and to the classroom teacher goes a long way to becoming a lawful citizen in our community.

 (5)       Spring Break Field Trip (To be announced)

Topics covered include: (To be announced)

Cost will vary due to currency exchange rate and fuel surcharge as well as the quantity of food consumed.

 

(6)     At Home – Studying and Review

Nightly review

  1. Decide on a suitable time (before dinner, after dinner, after school, etc.)
  2. Write down the classes you had that day on a piece of paper and write down as much information as you can remember about these classes.
  3. Write down a list of big words you encountered today, and find their definitions
  4. Look ahead to what has to be done this evening, tomorrow, and the rest of the week.  (This is called projecting ahead.)

Parental involvements

  1. Provide a suitable environment for nightly studying.
  2. Provide your child with an opportunity to do proper studying. Make sure your child is not distracted by other responsibilities.
  3. Ask your child every night, “what have you learned at school today?” and “can you explain it to me?”
  4. Check your child’s progress weekly.
  5. Make an arrangement to meet with Mr. Yu during Parent Teacher Interview night(s) Twice a year.

 Organize a plan for assignment completion and exam preparation

  1. Use your agenda as a guide to help you to be successful.
  2. Make sure you write down the test/exams dates, as well as due dates for assignments and homework.
  3. Decide on whether you like to complete the easiest homework first or last. Decide on whether you like to complete the hardest homework first or last.
  4. All the planning means nothing if you don’t take the first step to Actually Doing the Work! So begin as soon as you can!

Study Resources

  1. Regularly Use the DT website – thompson.vsb.bc.ca   
  2. Keep and organize your course photocopy handout(s).
  3. Regularly review your course related text books and magazines
  4. Regularly use the public library and its resources to assist you in your homework.

 

(7)     Process of Evaluation

Every term – there will be:

– Major Projects
– Assignments
– In Class Quiz(s)
– In Class Test(s)
– In Class Presentation(s)
– Out of Class – Research Project(s)
– Mid Year Exam
– Final Exam

Process of Evaluation – Pass or Fail

All courses will be assessed and evaluated using a Pass or Fail model.  Each student will be expected to demonstrate: mastery of Basic Skills, working knowledge and be able to demonstrate capabilities of Intermediate Skills, and having working knowledge of Advance Skills.

Each assigned task this year will be divided into these three areas.  Each term there will be a minimum of 10 opportunities for each student to demonstrate these competencies.

Unable to provided adequate demonstration of the required competencies and skills will result in the failure of the course. 

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Should a student or a student’s family wishes to challenge this evaluation process, an appointment can be made with the appropriate grade vice principal or with the principal.  Please bring appropriate documentation to this meeting to articulate your perspective.  Likewise, Mr. Yu will also bring the latest educational research documentation to demonstrate why this process is suitable for the Technology Classroom learning environment. 

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For students in Gr. 12 who will be applying to post secondary school and would need an actual percentage and letter grade; please speak to Mr. Yu immediately so that an alternative process of evaluation can be applied.  However, please keep in mind that Mr. Yu will the one assessing and evaluating the work, if you disagree with Mr. Yu’s process, you should voiced your concerns sooner rather than later. 

 

(8)     Post Secondary and Graduation Transition Plan

Post Secondary and Graduation Transition Plan are an integral part of the course.  10% to 20% (approx.) of the course will be devoted to the learning and making connections between course objectives and the post secondary educational options, as well as future employment opportunities.

 

(9)     To reach Mr. Yu:

Leave a note in Mr. Yu’s Letterbox in the main office.

Arrange to meet with Mr. Yu after school.

Email Mr. Yu: byu@vsb.bc.ca   

Make sure you leave your name and a way for Mr. Yu to get in touch with you.

 

(10)  For Parents

If you wish to contact Mr. Yu by telephone, please call the school at (604) 713-8278 ext 7242.

If no one is available to take your call please leave your name, your phone number, your child’s name, the course to which your child has enrolled in, and the reason for your call.  Your phone call will be returned when possible.

** Field Trips and Field Studies are a fundamental component of a Student’s educational process and a strong contributor to Student Success.  However, due to provincial court rulings and VSB guidelines, all field trip expenses and extracurricular activities related to the process of learning outside the classroom are to be paid for by the student.  However, funds are available to assist students with difficult financial situations (in some cases).**

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