Brad Hess

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Brad Hess

My email is bhess@wes-del.org

Personal Statement: My goal as a teacher is to challenge my students to reach their full potential both in academics and in life. There are several teaching strategies that I will employ in my classroom in order to accomplish this goal. First and foremost, I will promote a positive learning atmosphere in which I demonstrate to my students how much I care about their success. Students in my class will be challenged to learn not only science, but also important life skills such as responsibility, discipline, communication, and teamwork. I believe these skills along with the scientific knowledge that students develop in my class will be vital to their future success. To me learning is an experience that should be enjoyable. I plan on achieving this through hands-on activities, group/class discussions, independent discovery, and student questioning. I became a teacher to make a positive impact in the lives of students. Classroom Policies and Expectations: General Expectations- Students are expected to be mature young adults in my classroom. This means that students are expected to pay attention and refrain from having side conversations, passing notes, sending texts, or disturbing fellow classmates in any other way. Ultimately, students are expected to treat every person in my classroom with respect. My definition of respect is treating others the way you would like to be treated. While one person is talking everyone else is listening to them. Students are also expected to refrain from disturbing other people’s belongings without permission from that person. The items that are needed for class on a daily basis include a course textbook, ipad, assignments, pen and pencil, notebook, folder, and an eraser. Students are responsible for bringing this material to class every day. Failure to bring these items to class will result in a student being at a disadvantage compared to all other students who have brought the required materials to class as instructed and could harm their grade. Attendance and Participation- Attendance and participation will not have grades assigned to them. The one exception for participation being graded is during group work. I believe effort towards both is crucial in order for a student to have a positive learning experience. Each student is expected to attend and participate in each scheduled class meeting. If a student is absent from class for any reason, it is the student’s responsibility to take care of any classroom work that they have missed. A student can accomplish this by communicating with a classmate or Mr. Hess each time they miss a class. Make up work can be collected from Mr. Hess or from a classmate. See student handbook for acceptable reasons for excused absences. It will be best for a student to discuss any known potential absences prior to its occurrence. Students are also expected to arrive to class on time. Late Work- Work is considered late if it is not in the pile of assignments that I place on my desk after I have collected the work in class on the date that it is scheduled to be turned in. Late work will receive half credit. The best ways to avoid late work include: • Arrive to class on time every day. • Always complete your assignments on time. • Turn in your assignments early if there may be a problem arriving to class on time. • Communicate any problems or concerns with me well before the assignment is due. • Any assignments or other work can always be turned in to me before the due date. Make Up Work- Make up work is any test, quiz, or other class assignment that is completed after its due date. Make up work can be avoided by completing class work or tests prior to a known absence and also by not missing class. It is the student’s responsibility to check with classmates for work missed due to absence. Cheating and Integrity- Students are trusted to conduct themselves in a professional manner while in my classroom. This means that all tests, quizzes, papers, projects, and any other classroom assignments are to be completed on your own unless instructed otherwise. Classroom policies are subject to change for students with special needs or medical situations. If you are a student that may need accommodations please see me as soon as possible. I will be sure to do my best to help accommodate to your specific needs and situation. All other school policies not mentioned in my classroom policies and expectations also apply to my classroom. Laboratory Policies and Expectations: The laboratory policies and expectations for this class are the same as the classroom policies and expectations, explained earlier in this document, along with some added safety policies and expectations specific to lab. Students will be expected to complete quizzes and lab write-ups for certain laboratories. Lab is another way for students to learn and discover how particular scientific events occur and work. Disciplinary Framework: When a student violates classroom rules their name will be written in Harmony where class problems are documented and kept. If a student violates classroom policies twice in one day or in one week, they will receive a written assignment. A first offense results in a student or students receiving a verbal warning given to the student prior to being written in Harmony. Some offenses may not receive verbal warning based on the severity of the offense. The steps taken for discipline are on a weekly basis and are listed below. Students will receive a clean slate each week. First violation = Verbal Warning / Name in Harmony Second violation = Name in Harmony / Assignment Third violation = Name in Harmony / Assignment / Action Plan signed by parent or guardian / Office if not signed and returned next day Fourth+ violation = Office Action Plan: A sheet that is sent home to parent or guardian explaining problems with student in class and the plan or plans to stop the problem or problems from reoccurring. Grading Procedure: Quizzes, labs, tests, projects, homework, and all other work will be graded using a total points scale. Amount of points will vary depending on the assignment. The grading scale will follow school policy. In all scenarios, .5s and higher will be rounded up (i.e. 79.5 = 80%) while .4s and lower will be rounded down (i.e. 79.4 = 79%). My classroom grades will follow the grading policies in the student handbook. My students are always welcome to discuss their grades with me outside of classroom hours or when time permits if they think an error has occurred or for any other concerns they might have regarding their grade. Closing Comments and Documentation: Even though science class will be challenging, any student can earn a passing grade by coming to class, paying attention, working hard, and turning in all work. The more effort that a student puts towards science class, the more likely they will be successful in that class. I am available for any extra help needed; please feel free to contact me immediately with any questions, comments, or concerns. Each one of my student’s success is very important to me. This is why I maintain an open door policy with my students and their parents/guardians.