There are items I require of all science students, most importantly
a separate "Science" notebook NOT a 5 subject notebook, unless the
subjects are: science, science, science, science, and science!!!
***IMPORTANT NOTE*** I give EXTRA points if the science notes are
kept in a COMPOSITION type book (where the pages are literally
stitched into the binding) I have found them to be neater, better
for organizational purposes, and just plain easier for the student
to readily find/identify their science notes.
I want all entries in the notebook to be in BLACK INK. This is a pet-
peeve of mine; but I DO insist on black ink--the pens are cheap
enough,and should a child be in a desperate situation, I keep a
supply in the class they can purchase one for a quarter--note: this
is NOT a recommendation that any student do this as a regular
practice; but only intended for those who, in desperation, simply
need one. I recommend they come to every class with at least two
working black ink pens. I do NOT want notes in blue ink, OR in
pencil. A pencil IS required, however on most, if not all, TEST
days, as a Scan-Tron form will ONLY register if the person taking
the test uses a #2 pencil. (If no number is shown on the pencil--
then it IS a #2).
I require a jacket folder STRICTLY for science, in which you will
keep EVERY handout you receive in the science class ALL YEAR LONG!
This will be the jacket your parents can ask to see at ANY time, and
it MUST contain EVERY test, and papers signed (regardless of grade)
and a copy of EVERY interim report (again regardless of grade).
Since I've recently picked up a World History section, you can
put the word 'World History' everywhere in the above paragraphs, and
in below referenced notebook and jacket/pocket folders, the same
will apply with the exception that there is no requirement for a
World History project.
***Beginning of year:
Since there is NEVER a shortage of children with runny noses and
the need for tissues... I require that ONE box per child be brought
in to defray cost of this supply, and ONE roll of paper towels for
help in cleaning the whiteboards. In order to encourage a timely
supply, I will give each child their first 10 bank points as a
positive behavior encouragement for clearing the required supplies
within the first two weeks. Note that this is NOT to be construed as
any kind of "extra-credit" grade, as they will become much more
familiar with "bank" points as the year progresses. This is positive
behavior reinforcement/encouragement--right out the gate!
You will note I've added a "Wish" list of items that IF you can find
it within your capability and will to provide, would be greatly
appreciated as they help me immensely in the course of the year and
without the help of students in the past, it would have created
quite a financial burden. I certainly do NOT expect any child to
feel it encumbent upon them to provide all of these, and as noted
none are mandatory--I merely list them as something wich would be an
enormous help--and a "wish" item.
Don M. Shannon