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Economics Course Policies and Expectations

What to Expect:

This course is designed to engage students in the world of economics.  It will focus on various aspects of both micro and macro economics.  In order to succeed in this course, students should expect to work hard both in class and outside of class.

Textbooks and Other Materials:

 Economics Alive!, Teacher’s Curriculum Institute, 2010.

Students should be prepared to complete reading assignments from the above textbook as well as any additional reading assignments that may be handed out in class or posted online.

In addition to assigned homework students are expected to keep up with current events.  This may require them to read newspapers, online news sites, or watch news programs.  Newspapers and computers are available to students in the media center before, during, and after-school.  Media center access ensures that all students can complete required assignments and readings on time.

It is strongly recommended that students have a notebook in which they can take notes and complete the daily warm up question(s).  There will be occasionally notebooks checks which should be easy points for students who have been taking notes and completing their daily warm ups.

Our Course Website:

Important course information and certain materials will be posted on my website.  Although my website is a useful resource, please do not rely on this information alone.  Always check with me in case the schedule or an assignment has changed. 

Classroom Environment:

Outside of our content standards, two very important goals for this course are 1) to teach you how to think critically; and 2) to teach you how to express your understanding in a variety of ways (including writing, speaking, and creative projects). 

Instruction will be delivered in many different formats including lecture, Socratic seminar, collaborative activities, online activities, and independent study time.  The time we have together in the classroom is valuable, and every minute will be used. 

In order to maintain a quality learning environment, it is important that all students come prepared to fully engage in classroom discussions and activities.  Student participation includes actively listening to others.  Our goal is to create an environment in which all students feel comfortable to contribute.

Classroom Policies:

Every individual is entitled to a positive educational experience.  In order to achieve an environment that meets this expectation, please abide by the following policies as well as those located in your student handbook: 

1.  Respect yourself:  Maintain a positive attitude and uphold a high standard of integrity.  Engage and challenge yourself!

2.  Respect others:  Value the diversity of opinions.  Be an active and considerate participant in our classroom.*  

3.  Respect the learning environment:  Come to class prepared, on time, and ready to learn!  

*Personal electronic devices should be turned off and remain out of sight unless specific permission is granted.

Academic Integrity:

Meaningful learning takes place when a student is challenged to work through complexities.  It is not acceptable to give up when facing academic adversity, nor is it ever acceptable to take credit for the hard work of others.  All incidents of academic malpractice (including but not limited to cheating, collusion, and plagiarism) are taken very seriously and will be reported to administration.  See the school handbook for more specific information.  

Grading and Evaluation:

 All grades for the course will be assigned one of the following categories:  Assessment or Responsibility.  The assessment category includes but is not limited to tests, quizzes, papers, and projects and will be given a weight of 70%.  The responsibility category includes participation based assignments like homework, in-class discussion, and notebook checks.  Anything in the responsibility category is given a weight of 30%.  

Most exams will consist of multiple-choice questions, short-response, and essay questions.  Papers and projects will also be assigned periodically.  Additionally, there will be quizzes (announced and unannounced) given throughout the semester.  Emphasis will be placed on reading, writing, and critical thinking. 

Extra credit is not a planned component in this course.

Students should keep all assignments.  Grade changes will not be made without access to the original assignment.  Additionally, assignments will serve as a review tool at the end of the semester. 

Make-up and Late Work Policy:

In the event of an excused-absence, it is the responsibility of the student to inquire about make-up work.  This should be done outside of class time.  Students will not be given credit for make-up assignments submitted after the extension deadline.  Per school policy, if an absence is unexcused, the student will receive a zero for any assignments missed. 

Any assignment turned in after the due date without an approved extension will be subject to a point deduction.  If turned in one day late, the student will earn a maximum of 75% credit on the assignment.  Assignments turned in two to four days late will receive a maximum of 50% credit.  Assignments will not be accepted for credit beyond four days late.