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Biology Syllabus

Spring 2018

Instructor Information
Instructor Email Office Location & Hours
Sarah Jones saraaah.jones@gmail.com Please contact me to set an

General Information
In this course we will learn the basics of biology, focusing on the cell, heredity, interdependence of organisms,
evolution, and the organization and flow of matter and energy through living systems. Students will also learn about
the inquiry process, the history and nature of science, and science in relation to personal and social perspectives.

Expectations and Goals

Students are expected to come to class with an open and willing attitude. In order to make my classroom as engaging
as possible, students are expected to act with respect for others with a mind towards cooperation. This will allow us to
do more involved and hands-on activities.

Classroom Motto:
Build Up, Don’t Tear Down

This is meant to create community in our classroom. It is a shared goal between the students and the
teachers to value academics and to value the other people in our classroom.

Course Materials
Required Materials
 One ½ inch binder
 Binder paper
 Writing utensils
 Calculator, scientific

Optional Materials
Colored pencils, pens, or markers

Required Text
[Item Name] [Media Type], [Author Name]

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Course Schedule
Unit Description
The Cell Parts, processes, and purposes of the cell

Heredity The molecular basis of heredity and genetic diversity

that results from it.

Interdependence of Organisms Analyzing the relationships of organisms with each other

and their surrounding environments

Biological Evolution Scientific principles and processes of evolution

Matter, Energy, and Organization in Living Systems How living systems are organized and how energy and
material flows through them

The Inquiry Process Understanding and using the scientific process

History and Nature of Science Historical perspectives and the developments that
brought us to where we are

Science in Personal and Social Perspectives The impact of science on humans and the environment

Rules, Procedure, and Consequences

The rules and procedures in my room are all built in order to create classroom where achievement and community are
very highly valued.

1. Foster Curiosity and Community
Students are to actively work towards learning about science. They will do their best to keep the class moving
forward on its journey through learning about the biology of world around them. They will also actively work to
improve the community of their classroom. They will do their best to create a supportive environment where
they can both grow as people and learn science.
2. Think Before You Speak
Students must consider the appropriateness of comments and questions that they make in class. It is on the
students to consider whether it is the right time to add their comment: Will it interrupt someone? Is it
negatively phrased and hurtful? Does it further the discussion, or does it get off topic?
Students must consider whether their addition to the conversation or lecture will build it up, or tear it down.
3. Cooperate and Be Ready
Students will be ready for class by bringing all of their class materials. They will help their classmate
remember to be on task during classwork. They will pay attention and be ready to be engaged in discussion and
lecture. The core to this rule is that students are expected to do their best to ensure that the entire class is
4. Communicate with the Teacher
When students think that the help of the teacher is necessary, they are to let her know. As a teacher, I will do
my best to notice everything, but there will always be times when things get past me. The students know that
the teacher can be approached for concerns relating not only to academic material, but also for concerns
related to the behavior of students and the physical and mental well-being of students. This is how I will be
able to stay on top of helping students with both academic and personal/interpersonal problems.

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Entering the Classroom:
Students will keep the volume level low
Students will check for and pick up any handouts/graded work in bins near the door.
Students will proceed to their desks and pull out the materials needed for the day (pencil, notebook, assignments)
When the teacher lets the students know that class is beginning, they will be silent and listen for further instruction.
During Lecture:
Students will listen to the lecture
Students will take notes
If students have a question or comment, they will refer to Rule 2: Think Before You Speak. If it is appropriate they may
ask it directly, but if it can wait, they should raise their hands during a natural pause in the lecture.
During Class Discussions:

The teacher will frame the discussion that the class will be having, giving background information and several
suggestions as to the direction the discussion should take.
As a class, students will then have an opportunity to input their opinion, raising their hands before speaking.
Then the class will be broken up into small discussion groups:
During the small group discussion stage, students will take turns expressing their initial thoughts. Then the
discussion will be open and can move without turns. Upon the instruction of the teacher, they will have
another round of turns of closing remarks from each person in the group.
The class will then come back together, and the teacher will direct the conversation to gather opinions and ideas from
students and groups in the class. Students will again raise their hands before speaking during this part of the discussion.
During Activities:
Students will follow directions: listen and take note of oral instructions, thoroughly read written instructions
Students will work independently during independent work and cooperatively during group work.
When confused, they will first ask a neighbor for help, and if they still need to, they will ask the teacher for further
When Students Are Done with Work:
If any other students are still working, students who have completed their work must remain silent.
They will be allowed to read, draw, write, or listen to music from their phones. *Exception: Phones will not be allowed
out at any time during or after major exams*
If the classroom has extra tables in the back, students may move to those tables to play silent board games (etc.) with
other students who are done.
Leaving the Classroom
Students will pack their bags no earlier than 3 minutes before the end of class.
Students will not crowd door, they will remain seated until released.
Students will leave any assignments that they have completed in the collection bin before leaving class.
Students will move in an orderly fashion, so as not to trample their fellow classmates.

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Consequences will start out small, but increase in harshness according to the amount of times a student commits and
infraction of the rules or procedures. If a student commits a serious offence, then they will skip up through the
consequence tiers to receive an appropriate punishment.
Tiers of Undesirable Consequences
1. Indirect warning from teacher
2. Direct warning from teacher
3. Staying after class for three minutes and signing a form detailing what they did to deserve a consequence
4. Coming in to work with the teacher during lunch or after school to create a plan of improvement that they and
their parents will sign.
5. Writing an essay reflecting on their behavior and attending a conference with the parent/guardians and teacher
6. Referral to the principle
Other immediate consequences that may be employed by the teacher after bad behavior from a student:
Changing desks
Confiscation of food, drink, phone, or other distracting materials.
Calling of parents
Calling of police
Send out of classroom to obtain appropriate resources

Additional Information and Resources


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