GaVS Physical Science
January 2013 Newsletter
A Little About the Class
This section of Physical Science is an introductory to Chemistry concepts. Taking a course online has many benefits. One benefit including having multiple different opportunities to learn a concept. As students read through the content they can view videos, read scientific articles, do crossword puzzle reviews, and more. In addition, students have the opportunity to attend a live synchronous chat session held weekly. In these sessions, we review practice multiple choice problems, perform math calculations, listen to songs with concept specific information, and review essential concepts. If the student cannot attend Tuesdays @ 4:30 pm, they can always listen to the recording. Online courses are rigorous, requiring student motivation and organization. It is imperative that the student print out their schedule and check off their assignments as they complete them. You can support your student by asking them how they are doing with their assignment completion from week to week. Accountability is important for some students. In addition, students need to know to communicate with me as often as they need. If I don't hear from a student, I won't know how to help. I want each student to be successful and have a great experience in this course.
There are many extra resources that I will be providing students to help them study for module tests and study for the End of Course Test in May. Each month, I will add more resources to this list.
Helpful News Announcements to Look For this Month
A Word From Your Teacher
A look at the current schedule as well as some tips for the assignments.
Subatomic Particle Extra Learning Opportunity
A chance to earn extra points on a quiz.
An opportunity to review for Matter and Atom Test as well as earn bonus points too.
Tips for Success in Physical Science:
- Communicate with me as you have questions about content, how to do an assignment, or grades.
- Have your printed off schedule accessible as you check off the assignments you complete each day.
- Print out content and highlight/underline important concepts
- Attend (or listen to the recordings) ALL chat sessions
- Read ALL Feedback on your completed assignments before you take your unit tests
- Read the News Annoucements every day for the most up-to-date information regarding reminders, helps, and possible bonus opportunities
Need help with setting up your Parent Auditor Account? Need to know how to read quiz feedback or how to participate in a discussion? There are lots of questions and answers for both parents and students in GaVS Knowledgebase. You can access at the following: http://helpdesk.gavirtuallearning.org/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/List