When entering a class for the first time there are some things that would be good to know. Here is a list of ten items a student could consider asking their Biology teacher about their 9th grad biology class:
1. Do you allow extra credit and if so what kind of extra credit do you suggest?
The reason you want to ask him/her this question is fairly self evident. Knowing whether or not there is an opportunity to do an extra credit in advance to the need for extra credit allows a person to be prepared with material required for the extra credit. It never hurts to better ones grade.
2. Are your classes geared for visual learners, auditory learners, or kinesthetic learners?
If you know what kind of a learner you are and you are aware of the method the teacher uses in his/her teaching then you can adapt their method to your needs.
3. Do you have your students do dissecting of animals or animal parts and will there be fieldtrips taken, and if so where?
Preparing oneself mentally for any possible challenges such as dissecting animals or caring for live animals or plants can prevent embarrassing moments.
4. Do you have a student aide and if so is the aide allowed to assist your students with understanding concepts the of biology?
Some teachers do not allow their student aides to interact with students and use them for grading and preparing handouts. If there is a teacher’s aide in the classroom who is allowed to interact with the students they can be a real asset to learning.
5. Is this class a general biology class or does it focus on human biology, microbiology, or zoology?
Knowing what field of biology you will be studying also prepares a student in being ready to learn and gives one opportunity to increase learning experiences outside of the classroom prior to the class beginning.
6. Are your students allowed to discuss amongst themselves the concepts being taught.
Some teachers are very strict and do not permit talk amongst students in class while others promote the interaction. Being able to work as a team on assignments and projects can be a very positive experience
7. If a class is missed do you permit makeup work?
Because life is full of the unexpected, knowing what to do if a class is missed due to illness or other personal problems allows a student to be prepared for meeting the requirements the teacher sets.
8. Do you have procedures’ in place in the event of a bio-contamination?
Working in a lab setting can be hazardous and it is important that a student is aware of the risks and what to do in the event of a mishap.
9. What are your rules for handling your plants and live specimens in the classroom?
Some teachers may have rare plants or animal specimens on exhibit in a classroom and it is vital that the students understand any guidelines or rules that the teacher has in place for handling such treasures. Otherwise specimens can be damaged and animal life can become lost.
10. Are there poisonous plants or animals in the classroom and if so what precautions are there in place?
It is important that a student be aware of any possible dangers in the classroom so necessary safety protocol can be observed. A learning environment needs to always be a safe one.
Upon the start of a new clas if a student knows the answers to the above questions then the class experience will be able to be one of enlightenment and will be free of unnecessary worry.