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Joshua E.

Dillard
Classroom Management Guide-BIOLOGY

jedillard2@bsu.edu
765-341-8147, RM C-121
Welcome to the world of Biology! You have decided to embark on a mission to explore life
around us! This course will teach you the basics of Biology and prepare you for your
mandatory ECA testing. You will be exposed to real-world applications, lecture sessions,
lab experiments, and much more exciting things! As the course progresses, please see me
for any questions, comments, and/or concerns! And again, WELCOME TO OUR CLASS!
Classroom Guidelines and Policies
The following is NOT an all-inclusive list of guidelines that will need to be followed so that
we can ensure a positive and meaningful learning journey. The teacher reserves the right
to change these policies where appropriate.
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Rule 2:
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Rule 6:

Be respectful of yourself, your peers, your teacher, and your surroundings.


Never give up on yourself! You CAN do this!
Do all assignments and hand in when instructed.
Be on time to class AND prepared!
Electronic Devices are NOT allowed in my classroom to avoid distraction.
Computers will be available to us in the classroom. (Computer Drives do not
like Doritos!)
No Gum, Food, or Drink allowed in classroom/lab.

Consequence Policy:
1st Time-WARNING (verbal or written)
2nd Time-LOSS of Daily Participation Points
3rd Time-Student/Parent/Teacher Conference
4th Time+-Deans Office for Appropriate Consequence
Electronic Devices will be collected if you have them out during class time and you will
receive a ZERO for any activity that we are doing for that day.
Attendance Policy:
Attendance will be taken at the bell, if you are not in your seat for attendance, you will be
marked as Tardy. This class will follow the school attendance policy and consequences will
adhere to that policy. Students can find a copy of the attendance policy on the board or in
the student handbook.
Academic Honesty and Integrity:
You are in High School now and need to accept responsibility for your work. Anyone
caught cheating, not given credit for work used, or any other dishonesty will be dealt with

swiftly and appropriately. Basically this means you can expect a ZERO on that assignment
if it happens once, if it happens twice-YOU FAIL THIS COURSE, NO EXCEPTIONS!
Grading Policy:
Grading Scale for BIOLOGY
92-100.A
91-84B
83-75C
65-74D
64-UNDERFAIL
Homework = 20% of Total Grade
Tests=10% of Total Grade
Lab Points = 20% of Total Grade
Final Exam = 25% of Total Grade
Participation Points and Other Activities = 25% of Total Grade
MAKE-UP/LATE-WORK POLICY:
All make-up work and tests will be given 2 days from returning to school to complete. Any
assignment not turned in on time will NOT BE GIVEN A GRADE. Turn in all assignments
when instructed to do so.
EXTRA CREDIT POLICY:
You will have multiple opportunities for extra credit throughout this course. The following
are just a few examples of how to do so.
PERFECT ATTENDANCE (No Tardies or Absences)-50 BONUS POINTS
CHALLENGE QUESTIONS-No More than 5 Points per Day (Will Not Be Every day!)
QUIZZAM Policy (Quizzes and Exams)
All Quizzes will be worth 25 Points and Bonus Point Opportunities
All Exams will be worth 50 Points and Bonus Point Opportunities
The FINAL Exam will be worth 100 Points and Bonus Point Opportunities
I will DROP 1 Quiz and 1 Exam because we ALL have bad days!
PARKING LOT POLICY:
Everybody has questions and sometimes is afraid to ask, that is why I have created the
parking lot. The parking lot allows us to explore what you are curious about within the
scope of Biology. It allows you the opportunity to ask questions without anyone knowing
who you are. Use this to your advantage!
EVERYONE IS A LEARNER, EVEN MEI WILL NOT HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS AND
CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, I DO NOT KNOW EVERYTHING! THERE WILL BE
THINGS ALONG THE WAY THAT WE WILL LEARN TOGETHER! WELCOME AGAIN TO OUR
SCIENCE CLASS!

SCIENCE LAB RULES


The following is a list of guidelines for the Science Lab Portion of our class. These are very
important for EVERYONES safety!
1. NEVER do anything without instruction to do so from your instructor.
2. When you are in lab, dont eat, dont drink EVER! We will be dissecting and doing
nasty stuff in labs.
3. On Lab Days, Wear CLOSE-TOED SHOES and your lab coat.
4. Clean your area BEFORE AND AFTER working in lab.
5. Do not work alone in lab; always have a partner with you.
6. No Horse playing in lab, this could result in your exclusion from the lab!
7. Always work with care in lab. We have glass, sharp pointy things and expensive
equipment in here! Report any broken items to your teacher immediately!
8. The lab table is for you to work on, not sit on.
9. Stay in YOUR lab area; dont go anywhere else unless instructed to do so!
10. On the back of this page, label where you can find the following: FIRE
EXTINGUISHERS, EXITS, EYE-WASH, SHOWER, SHARPS BIN
11. ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings and respectful of them. (This includes
people!)
This list is not all inclusive and can be amended by your instructor when and where
appropriate.
By signing this page, I am agreeing to follow all rules and instructions from my lab
instructor.
_______________________________________________________, Student Signature & Date
_______________________________________________________, Parent Signature & Date
_______________________________________________________, Lab Instructor Signature & Date

To Parent/Guardian:
Welcome to your childs journey through the World of Biology! I am excited to have your children
in my class this year and look forward to working with them and you throughout the year! I want
to invite you to my class Facebook page where students will be able to communicate and learn from
other classmates as well as the teacher. I encourage you to join and see what all the excitement is
about! Science is a very important life skill that we are going to learn and will be beneficial in your
childs future endeavors. We all begin life curious to the world around us and wanting to explore
while constantly asking, Why? In this class we will explore that very question.
About Me: I have my degree in Biology/General Sciences Teaching from Ball State University. I
have 3 school-aged children. I am a High School Bowling Coach for Pendleton Heights High School.
Feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, and/or concerns! I am always available to
you and your child. If we cannot get the answer, we will learn what it is together. I will be
contacting you weekly to update you on what is going on in the class, reminders, etc.
Thank you very much and I look forward to meeting each one of you!
Joshua E. Dillard
Biology Instructor, C-121
jedillard3@bsu.edu
765-341-8147