Homework and Notes

Hi guys,

As promised, I opened up Chapter 14 questions for you (under quizzes on Springboard). The due date is Nov 26th at 5pm.

And your next quiz grade will be submitting your notes from class Tuesday 11/18. They will be due in the Dropbox (on Springboard) by Wednesday, Nov 25th at 4pm. You may submit your notes as a PDF (if you take them in Word or some other writing program) or you can take a picture of them with your phone, and submit the JPGs. Please be thorough, and show me that you are making effective use of time and effort into writing good notes.

And now, some funny stuff –




























What Should I Be Doing Over Winter Break?

Every morning, I get this financial blog sent to my email box. I’ve been doing this for probably 4 years, as a way to commit to saving money (I’m not a professor, raking in the big bucks). Every once in a while, the author discusses student loans, education, getting the most from your classes, and how to be frugal in college.

The post this morning was super, and I think you all could gleam something from it.

I’m going to provide the article in outline format, and if you are interested in further reading, check it out on The Simple Dollar website:

Smart Moves Students Can Make Over Winter Break

Posted: 18 Nov 2014 10:00 AM PST

Students giving out presents with Santa hatsVolunteering over winter break is a great way to make a difference in your community – and build your resume, too. Photo: Wonderlane

It’s hard to believe how fast the fall semester has gone by, but winter break is rapidly approaching for many college students. And while it’s perfectly acceptable to take time to enjoy the company of family, unwind after a rough semester, and catch up with friends from home, you can do all that and something productive all at the same time.

In fact, here are 18 productive things you can do over your winter break that can help your finances or improve your job prospects after graduation.

1. Connect With First-Semester Influences

2. Do Your ‘Winter Cleaning’

3. Update Your Resume

4. Analyze Last Semester and Make Adjustments for the Next

5. Evaluate Your Finances

6. Redo Your Budget

7. Find a Short-Term Internship

8. Volunteer

9. Shadow an Employee in Your Desired Field

10. Apply for a Seasonal, Part-Time Job

11. Earn College Credits

12. Make a Portfolio

13. Learn a New Skill

14. Network

15, Apply for Scholarships

16. Mark Your Spring Semester Calendar

17. Study Abroad

18. Join a Professional Organization

The post Smart Moves Students Can Make Over Winter Break appeared first on The Simple Dollar.

I plan to do some of those things too! After each semester, I try to update my CV (or resume) with the things I’ve done during the semester. I keep note of those in Evernote. I plan to toss a whole bunch of crap from my house and my office, because too much junk makes me anxious. I keep this website as part of my “virtual portfolio,” so I (and potential employers) can look back and see what I’ve done. I also plan to learn a new skill, as I’ve been wanting to do some photography and videography – I’d love to make professional looking student success in science videos. No better time to do it, than with my month off.

I’d love to hear from you – what kind of things (besides sleep!) do you want to accomplish over winter break?

Figuring out your grade

Here’s the formula I used from the syllabus to figure out grades last semester, and it should be close to the same this semester

Section 2: Grades: overall grade = 75% lecture grade (750pts) + 25% lab grade (250pts)

(lecture grade= 48% exams (480pts)+ 22% homework (220pts) + 5% in-class questions (50pts))

  • There are 3 lecture exams which are REQUIRED. Each lecture exam is worth 16% of your grade (160 pts each).

So, here is a link to download my Excel Spreadsheet I’ll use to do your final grade.

Here is what it will look like (I’m trying here, guys. So if this looks goofy, please don’t make fun of me)

formula 2




So, enter your exams (from Springboard) into the Excel Sheet (that you download), your homework average, your one quiz, and you’ll get your lecture points. Enter your total lab points (estimated) and BAM!!! You’ll have your estimated average. Easy-peasy (not). Hey, it takes a lot of creative math to help students do well!

We’ll talk about this more Thursday. I can probably even do a few more examples.






When we reach out to others who are different than us, that’s when we find out who we really are. Part of me becoming something other than “young white girl from a small town in Ohio” is that I’ve been to countries around the world, studying wildlife. I’ve taught at a school where the students spoke another language. I’ve done things I find terrifying, challenging, or impossible, because I want the experience. The only part that the photo misses is that I also SHARE all my experiences. I can’t keep them bottled up inside me, for no one else to know. This is why I teach – because there is more out there than just what meets the eye.


Study Guide Exam Three

The link below is supposed to go to the study guide as a Word Doc, but I’m not sure if that will happen.

Exam Three Study Guide Exam Three Study Guide

Here is the slide share:

And here is the Google Doc

Just testing to see which one works best!