In-class participation will be based on
preparation for class, effective participation in the small group
cooperative learning process and
This is a cooperative participatory learning class.
That means that your absence effects the learning of others.
Consequently, missing classes significantly affects your grade.
In general, missing more than 3 classes will
significantly effect your class participation grade. However,
class participation means more than showing up for class. Class
participation includes actively participating in class including
being adequately prepared.
is required. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each
class hour. Students who are not seated and prepared to begin class
when attendance is taken will be counted as tardy. A tardy counts as an
shall mean documented illness of self, documented illness of child,
school-sponsored participation in competitions, or a family emergency.
"Family Emergency" is limited to death or catastrophic occurrence affecting
the student's immediate family or closely-extended family. Flat tires
and similar automotive failures, computer problems, speeding tickets, work,
interviews, court dates, etc. are per se unexcused absences.
Class Participation requires presence
during the entire class period. Students
should not leave the classroom once class has begun except in emergencies.
Class Participation requires attention.
Students should refrain from engaging in activities that are disruptive to
the class. Professional conduct requires that students refrain from
eating, talking or laughing while others are speaking, passing notes,
playing games, reading newspapers, or in any other manner disrupting the
educational process by being rude or inattentive. Students acting in
an unprofessional manner will be asked to leave the classroom and will be
counted absent for that class. During small group, simulations and large
group discussion all computers should be closed. When laptop use is
permitted, the only permissible use is note-taking Surfing the web is by
definition NOT paying attention.
You may not use Blackberries, Treos, mobile
phones, and other handheld devices. You must turn off such devices
before coming to class. If your cell phone rings during class you will
be asked to leave and the day will be count as an absence.
Class Participation requires preparation. Occasional
inability to complete the assignments is understandable. Missing more than 3
problems will affect your problem grade. If you are not prepared for class
by having your problem completed before class, your class participation
grade will be considered unprepared.
participation grade will be evaluated based on a combination of