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Kick-Off: Student Expectations

Students are expected to follow course guidelines and actively participate in assigned work. Appropriate classroom decorum, reasonably focused effort, and combinations of individual-work and team-collaborations are important aspects of this curriculum.

Students in high school continue to develop their understanding of the four core ideas in the physical sciences. These ideas include the most fundamental concepts from chemistry and physics, but are intended to leave room for expanded study in upper-level high school courses. The high school performance expectations in Physical Science build on the middle school ideas and skills and allow high school students to explain more in-depth phenomena central not only to the physical sciences, but to life and earth and space sciences as well. These performance expectations blend the core ideas with scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to support students in developing useable knowledge to explain ideas across the science disciplines. In the physical science performance expectations at the high school level, there is a focus on several scientific practices. These include developing and using models, planning and conducting investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematical and computational thinking, and constructing explanations; and to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas. Students are also expected to demonstrate understanding of several engineering practices including design and evaluation. (more).


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3:25 The 9 BEST Scientific Study Tips

4:36 7 Tips To Beat Exam Anxiety

3:15 The Science of Productivity


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Special Notes and Notices

Each high school student has a “preferred learning style.” While all the different methods of learning can be useful to most students, one way of accommodating everyone is to vary the teaching approach (read more about this). Here are seven different ways to learn:

  • Visual (spatial): You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
  • Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
  • Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands, and sense of touch.
  • Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
  • Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning, and systems.
  • Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
  • Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.

On your own paper, write down these expressions: seeing it, hearing it, hands-on, talking about it, thinking about it, group work, and working by myself. Rank these seven ways of learning from one to seven – where one is your favorite way and seven is your least favorite way to learn.

In Honeycutt Science, we use all seven ways.


Instructor: Consider displaying and reviewing examples with the students. Also consider reviewing classroom behavioral expectations handbook supplement along with illustrative cost analysis of difficult classroom behavior.