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There are two versions of each lab, one with a ten-question conclusion and one with directions for a full lab report. This way the teacher has the option! Each lab is two pages to allow for one two-sided handout.
There are a couple of labs based on the Mole Concept, both good for introducing the idea. Remember, Mole Day is coming up on 10/23!
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For those of you who started classes after Labor Day, a mid-quarter Progress Report is due in a week or two!
These reports provide feedback to parents past what their children tell them about their classes. It’s important that it be a realistic estimate of their grade in Chemistry class so you want to have collected and graded at least one Test and one Lab Report.
The actual format of the 5-Week Progress Reports depends on the school. Most use a bubble sheet where the grades and pre-defined comments are entered in with a #2 pencil. You then get a printed copy that you can check for mistakes.
Some schools might have a handwritten format with carbon copies that you keep for your records.
You will find that many other teachers will be giving tests around this time -- use your judgement about how to pick your test date.
On 07/20/2014, I posted about Classroom Grading Programs – they’re very useful and many can produce a Progress/Grade Report to print for your students. My students looked forward to these reports to get feedback about their current grade in the course.
I told my students that I try to be very accurate but I don’t have any office help, so it was in their best interest to double-check my entries. This encouraged them to let me know about any mistakes they find!
Tell students to mark any errors in the report, then staple it to the graded assignment and return it all to you (by the teacher-defined deadline). This makes changes very easy for the teacher.
I encouraged students to meet one-on-one with me about what must be done to improve their performance in the course. This grade report was very helpful in my diagnosing what the student needed to do, be it completing all homework assignments in a timely fashion, getting Extra Help on Lab Reports or improving Quizzes or Tests.
Some students will ask about Extra Credit – with a printout of their grades, it’s clear to see what has to be done to improve a student’s grade in the course. If assignments were not turned in, Extra Credit was not an option – first start with what’s been assigned before asking for Extra Credit!
This Blog contains several entries that would be helpful to your chemistry classroom. Remember, you can check out the Topic List to help you to find past Blog entries.
The lab book Chemistry on a Budget is very useful to your Chemistry classroom with labs and class article ideas.
Also, Write To Me about your successes, challenges, or questions in the Chemistry Classroom.
Have a great October!
PS: Remember, Mole Day is coming up on 10/23!