Mr. Hennard's Class Wiki (09-10): Science 6, Science 10, IB Chemistry 11 and 12

Teacher: T.A. Hennard
E-mail: thennard@qf.org.qa
Please look to the left for links to classes and resources.
Please look below for links to more detailed information about my classes, myself and the MYP and IB Diploma Science Programmes.

Information On This Page
Welcome message
Class expectations
Contact information
Biography
MYP and DP Science Programme Information
Wikispaces Help Pages Search Engine

Welcome, I am glad that you are here

My name is Mr. Hennard and I welcome you to my classroom wiki. If you are here, that means that you are most likely a student (or a parent of a student) taking one of my courses. We will be learning together and expanding our knowledge and skills throughout the year and this wiki will reflect that. I expect the information and features of this wiki to change with time but, for the moment, these are the main parts and what they mean to you:
  • Homepage: That is this page. On it you will find information on classroom expectations and consequences, contact information and a short biography so that you can get to know me a little better. On the left-hand side of the page, you will also find a navigation bar that will will direct you to other important parts of the site. Remember, clicking on Mr. Hennard at the top left-hand corner of any page will bring you back here so that you can start again if you like. Now for the navigation bar on the left-hand side...
  • Class Pages: Simply click on the name of your class to go to that class page. Various items might be on any particular class page but you will always find a list of the important upcoming dates for the class (e.g. "due" dates) and links to electronic resources. Remember, this wiki is not an exhaustive list of all classroom resources. Although you will find most of the resources that we use here there are always going to be some resources that are only given to students in hard-copy due to copyright issues. There will be important resources that are not posted to this wiki. It is up to the students to keep up with the necessary classroom resources.
  • Week at a Glance plans: These are the plans from which I work in the classroom. They contain the objectives, assignment and important dates relating to the class. IF YOU ARE ABSENT THIS WHERE YOU GO TO FIND WHAT YOU MISSED. It is the student, not the teacher, who has the primary responsibility for determining what was missed during an absence and making it up in a timely manner.
  • Archived Pages: These are the pages from previous years' wikis. They probably will not be interesting to you but are kept for referral purposes.
  • IB MYP Science--Bangkok 2009: These are just notes from a conference that I keep for the other teachers. It is nothing that would interest a student or parent.
  • IB DP Chemistry--Kuwait 2009: These are just notes from a conference that I keep for the other teachers. It is nothing that would interest a student or parent.
  • E-Learning Portfolio: This is my final portfolio of work from an e-learning course that I took this summer. Feel free to check it out if you like.
  • Wikispaces Help Search Engine: This is a personalised search engine specifically for getting help for wikispaces problems and/or ideas for using wikis in general or wikispaces in particular.

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Expectations in the classroom

My expectations in the classroom are easily summed up in two words...mutual respect. As for myself, I aim to be respectful of students at all times. As for my students, they should aim to behave respectfully toward themselves, their peers and their teachers at all times. For students this means that the following things are standard expectations are not negotiable:
  • Communication in the classroom will be respectful and have an educationally appropriate purpose. Sarcastic or degrading comments or humour will not be tolerated at any time. Communication not related to the task at hand is not appropriate.
  • Students will be on time for class. This means being seated and ready to work before the bell to start class rings. Quality "time on task" is one of the most important factors in student achievement--more time on task means more success. It really is that simple.
  • Students will turn in homework and other assignments at the designated time. The educator Horace Mann once said, "Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty. You may as well borrow a person's money as his time." I completely agree. Time is valuable. Do not waste it.
  • Students will behave in an educationally appropriate manner. All people have a right to an education. No one has the right to disrupt another's education. Class time is for learning as much as you possibly can. Your behaviour should reflect that.

I understand that not all of these expectations will be met at all times. The purpose of discipline and consequences is to allow students to learn from their mistakes and improve themselves. Indeed, this is the purpose of all education. There are three broad types inappropriate behaviour in the classroom, each of which has its specific consequences:
  • Taking time away from class. Any time spent out of the classroom is time taken away from education. This includes being late to class, not being prepared for class and having to leave class for various reasons. Each term, every student is given five chances to be out of class for short periods of time with no consequence other than verbal reminders. For the 6th-10th times, the student will be assessed a short break detention. For the 11th-15th times, the student will be assessed a long break or short lunch detention. For the 16th-20th times, the student will be assessed a long lunch or after school detention. Parents, grade managers and/or administrators will be contacted as appropriate when students make a habit of being out of class. EXCEPTION: Students who are late to class at the beginning of school or immediately after a break or lunch will automatically be assigned a detention. There is no excuse for being late to class at those times.
  • Educationally inappropriate behaviour. This could range from making inappropriate comments or being disruptive in class to willfully disobeying instructions and endangering yourself or others in a science laboratory. There will never be more than 2 warnings before action is taken. Depending on the severity and history of the behaviour, consequences could range from being briefly removed from class to detentions and/or referral to administration. Parents, grade managers and/or administrators will be contacted as appropriate depending on the severity and/or pattern of misbehaviour.
  • Not turning in homework or assignments at the designated time. There are two broad categories of assessed work at QA Senior School--formative and summative. Formative assessments are those that are done for practice and improvement purposes and are not directly included in the assessed mark given at the end of term. Summative assessments are those that are done for the purpose of evaluating a student's progress and these are directly included in the assessed mark given at the end of term. Late formative assessment will not be accepted except in the case of illness or excused absence as specified in the QA Senior School handbook. Although formative assessment does not count directly towards a student's achievement grade, it is crucial for practice and feedback it does reflect on a student's effort grade in the class. Because of the varieties of summative assessment undertaken (e.g. tests, laboratory reports, essays, multimedia projects, etc.) the consequences for not having summative assessments done on time will vary. These consequences will be made clear to students at the time that the due date is published to the class.

These expectations and consequences are necessary to have an enjoyable and productive classroom environment in which everyone has the opportunity to be successful. Other, or more serious, misbehaviours will be dealt with as specified in the QA Senior School Student Handbook.

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Contact information

I am most easily contacted via e-mail. My address is thennard@qf.org.qa
You may also call the school to set up a conference. The general school number is 482-6666.

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Biography

This school year will be my 19th in the science classroom and my second here at Qatar Academy Senior School. I graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University and spent the first two years of my teaching career teaching Physical Science and Chemistry at Mineral Wells High School just west of Fort Worth, Texas. From there I moved to Corvallis, Montana where I taught Integrated Science and Chemistry. While at Corvallis High School I helped to found the Riparian Monitoring Project wherein our students monitor the biological, chemical and physical health of streams at the nearby Teller Wildlife Refuge. As I discovered when I visited this summer, the project still continues today.

My first overseas teaching job was teaching GCSE, A-Level and IB Chemistry at the International School of Stavangerin Stavanger, Norway and it was there that I first began to experiment with technological tools to enhance communication and science education. While in Norway I earned a Master of Science degree in Science Education from Montana State University.

After Norway I moved to Caracas, Venezeula to teach Physical Science and IB Chemistry at Escuela Campo Alegre. This will forever stand out in my mind as this where I met and married Mrs. Hennard who then, like now, taught science in a nearby classroom. We moved together to Dhaka, Bangladesh where I taught 9th Grade General Science, AP Chemistry and Physics at the American International School. This is where we had our oldest son, now in first grade at QA Primary School. While living in Bangladesh I helped initiate a laptop cart program for maths and science, thus continuing my interest in education technology.

Next we moved back to Stavanger, Norway to teach once again at ISS. After two years of teaching IGCSE Science and IB Chemistry I earned my K-12 Principal Certification from Drexel University and became the Middle and High School Principal at ISS. It was during this time that we adopted our youngest child, now in kindergarten at QA Primary School. Also during this time I supervised a school-wide deployment of laptop carts and implemented the professional development and support program to accompany the initiative.

After Norway my family was offered the chance to move to Doha where my wife and I teach science here at QA Senior School. I continue to be active in seeking the most effective uses of educational technology to support my students and their families. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Middle Years and IB Diploma Science Programme Information
MYP and DP
IB Learner Profile
Areas of Interaction
Science Assessment Criteria
Middle Years Programme
Diploma Programme
Inquirers
Knowledgeable
Thinkers
Communicators
Principled
Open-minded
Caring
Risk-takers
Balanced
Reflective
Approaches to learning
Human ingenuity
Environments
Community and service
Health and social education
A: One World
B: Communication in Science
C: Knowledge and Understanding of science
D: Scientific Inquiry
E: Processing Data
F: Attitudes in Science

6th Assessment Criteria Detail
10th Assessment Criteria Detail

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