Welcome to Chemistry Mrs. Ligon 2013 - 2014 What You Will Be Doing During Class Guided inquiries in groups of 3 or 4. Model/Information section: a figure, a table of data, and/or text. specifically designed to develop a chemical concept. Questions section: critical thinking questions Exercises section: practice with the new chemical concept(s). You may be able to finish them in class, or complete at home. Chemistry labs: collect and analyze data or observe scientific concepts. Please read the lab the night before the lab. Safety is our main concern. If you are not prepared for lab, you may not be able to participate in the lab. Collaborative Group Learning: You will be given specific roles within your group. I will be walking around the room checking on your progress. Sometimes I will let you continue if she is confident that you will soon reach a point where you recognize your error and can go back and correct it, ask you to go back and rethink a section of the activity, ask a probing question to help you see things differently, send one of you to another bench (which has the correct answer) to see what they understand, ask one of you to explain an answer, giving other group members a chance to detect the error, ask all presenters to share answers with the entire class, so you can compare your thinking to others’ ideas. What Your Teacher Will Be Doing During Class The teacher will spend most of the time: walking around the room, stopping to listen to what you and your benchmates are discussing, reading what you have written down as your agreed-upon group answers, and answering questions if she thinks you are bogged down. Making Sense of the Learning About 2 or three times each class period, your teacher will ask your group to “report out” answers to the inquiry activities. Sometimes I will stop the class to deliver a “mini-lecture” to clarify a concept as needed by the class. However, she will not answer any questions that you can work through as a group to resolve. Why? Research clearly shows that you will retain information longer and understand concepts better if you work to discover an answer on your own. If your teacher just tells you the answer, you will not learn as well. This can be frustrating at times; hang in there! WebAssign Homework You will complete at least multiple Internet-based homework assignments per unit . The questions on WebAssign will help you verify that you have mastered small sections of the chemistry concepts addressed in a specific chapter. Open your assignment when it is made available; print out the assignment; answer each question, showing all your work; and then submit your answers on the Internet to check if you have the right answers. Because every web-based system will have glitches, you will earn full credit for the homework set when you have completed 80% of the assignment correctly. Getting Questions Answered Outside of Class Mrs. Ligon will be available after school on Tuesdays. Please bring your WebAssign printout, or any your current homework, and/or practice exams as references when you have questions.