There will be three categories of work assigned to student in Honors Physics.
Individual Work (previously known as homework) (worth 0% of a student’s final grade): Honors Physics is a course designed to prepare you for college-level science courses. As you will experience next year, college level science courses regularly assign homework, and students are expected to complete those assignments in a timely fashion in order to keep up with the pace of the course. Individual success on these homework assignments, however, is often not included as part of a student’s final grade. Students are expected to complete homework to determine whether they understand the content being presented in class, but homework scores will not be factored into the student’s final grade.
Formative Assessments: Inquiry Labs andActivities (worth 60% of a student’s final quarter grade): Formative assessments evaluate your progress towards learning goals mid-instruction. They are designed to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths and weaknesses relative to the learning goals, and to get specific, individual teacher feedback before the summative assessments. Formative assessments focus both on the physics content being presented in class as well as on the process of doing science – setting up appropriate experiments, collecting data, and analyzing the patterns seen within the data.
Summative Assessment: “Goal-less Problems” and “Celebrations of Knowledge” (worth 40% of a student’s final quarter grade): Summative assessments evaluate your mastery of the learning goals after instruction. Each unit in Honors Physics will culminate in a “Goal-less Problem” (known as a “GLP”) that will be completed individually at home, followed by a “Celebration of Knowledge” (known as a “CoK”, and also known as an end-of-unit quiz) that will be completed individually in class without the aid of notes or other resources. All Summative Assessments are cumulative.
My goal is to help you master all of the course’s learning goals, resulting in your earning a high grade. To offer extra support, you will have the opportunity to earn a re-take of portions of the COKs that you do poorly on. To earn a re-take, you will need to complete a CoK Super-corrrection. If the Super-correction is acceptable, you will be permitted to retake some or all of the quiz; the higher of the two CoK scores will be entered into the grade book.
Exams: Midterm and Final Exams (worth 16% of a student’s final semester grade)