A Parent's Guide to A&P
1. Keep up whatever you are doing. Thank you for sharing your teenagers with me.
2. My goals for the students are to capitalize on their natural intelligence, skills at learning information, and curiosity to help them appreciate the relevance of anatomy and physiology, and develop thinking skills and work habits that will help them as students in the college.
3. Grading is based on total points: a point on homework is equal in value to a point on a test. However, by the end of the term there will be more points from tests than homework. The students will be able to keep track of their grades with ease.
4. I would like to make career exploration another goal for the class. If any of you have contacts in the allied health professions and think you could deliver a guest speaker, please let me know.
6. This course requires both understanding of the material and memorization of the anatomy. Memorizing is difficult. Many of the words are unfamiliar. Encourage your child to practice using blank diagrams. They not only have to remember the terms but recognize the anatomical part on a diagram or specimen.
7. There will be dissections in this course. The students can expect to dissect hearts, eyes, brains and pigs. Dissection is an important part of this class. They can wear their anatomy T-shirts for protection.
8. In class we emphasize understanding and thinking.
9. Unit exams will come at the end of the unit and will usually consist of multiple choice questions, short answers and identification questions. For many exams there will be a lab practical. We’ll work on these skills in class. I usually give a quiz part way through the unit as a check of understanding and a study motivator. I’ll plan tests well ahead and discuss quiz dates with the students so they are not overloaded. There will be an occasional pop quiz.
10. Typically a term ends up with about 500 points. I try to maintain a balance among assignments and try to keep student grades fair.
11. I’m available after school almost every day for extra help. I mean that for you too. As some of you know, senior year can be a bumpy ride at home.
12. On the other hand, around February I’ll be dealing with the other form of Senioritis! This will manifest itself as a general state of giddiness alternating with lethargy, a desire to discuss cartoons of the early 1990s, an obsession with wearing new sweatshirts, and a resistance to doing work. By the way, they still have to do work! (See above).
13. Ask them about 2D-3D tic-tac-toe.
14. Of course, contact me whenever you have any concerns, problems, information, offers of major pieces of lab equipment or whatever. Email me at James_Dixon@sharon.k12.ma.us