My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.- Ernest Hemingway
During COVID-19 pandemic paper journals will not be kept. Students are expected to maintain a running vocabulary glossary as a Google doc. on their chromebooks instead.
All students will be required to keep a chemistry journal.
It should be a bound journal somewhat as shown above. You will be given one the first week of school
Daily entries consist of 3 parts: daily objectives; key vocabulary with definitions, an attempt to answer the prompt on the front board.
Daily objectives: A list of our educational goals for the
day. It is what you will be held responsible for. It will correlate
Key Vocabulary: The specialized vocabulary that you must
be comfortable to have a high level of success in Chemisty.
Journal Prompt: Usually a review numerical problem to get the brain
shifted into thinking about Chemistry.
Date each day.
Answer the prompt as fully as possible. Don't just say "I don't know". Say " I'm not sure but I think..."
Skip at least two lines before the next entry.
Date the next day's entry.
Use front and back of the sheets. (You'll have plenty of room)
It can also serve as a place to record raw lab data like masses, temperature etc.
Make sure your entries are legible.
Due: Randomly. Usually on Fridays.
Grading will be based on completeness, neatness and effort.
To get points, you must attempt to answer the question. If you leave it blank or write " I don't know" you will lose points. No points will be taken off for an incorrect answer though.
Bring your journal every day. If you forget it you must copy the day's entry from a friend.
You do not have to write out the question, but if not, you must answer in complete sentences.
If you are absent. Simply put the date and the word absent. You will receive full credit.
Write your name legibly on the front cover! You may recognize your journal, but it will probably take me a while to do so.Like most things in life, you will get out of this exercise what you put in it. Your journal is designed to help you succeed.