High School

1302 North Street
Olympia, WA 98501
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This page contains three handouts I use in class and conferences. Scroll down to read about:
• 9 positive habits and practices for success
• 9 habits and practices that keep students from being successful
• 9 ways parents can help their students succeed

9 Ways Students Succeed in Biology

1. Good decisions, positive behaviors, good attitude

Payoff: Valuable interaction with teacher and classmates.

2. In class everyday.

Payoff: Consistent access to class activities including labs, demonstrations, and discussion

3. All assignments completed on time

Payoff: Stay current with the rest of the class and no credit loss to lateness.

4. Good organizational skills i.e. brings supplies everyday and maintains a organized notebook

Payoff: Easy access to notes and assignments for reference and studying.

5. Works well with others in lab group despite differences in personality or ability.

                  (A lab group is 2-4 people and we change lab groups frequently.)

Payoff: Learn from others and the opportunity to communicate what you know and help others succeed.

6. Student seeks help when confused in one or more ways: lab group, study buddy, Mr. Roth.

Payoff: Learn to be in control of your own learning, identify areas of weakness and overcome them.

7. Completes all parts of research assignments or term projects to the best of his/her ability.

                  (Some projects are completed in lab group)

Payoff: Learn to work independently and creatively to produce original work as well as be a valuable member of team.

8. Has self confidence and believes, “I can be good at science”

Payoff: A positive self image that helps you overcome obstacles.

9. Sees the content and skills taught in this class as a stepping stone for exploring science and pursuing science interests to greater depth.

Payoff: Sees the direct connection between a strong education and a successful future and the desire to use OHS as a valuable resource.


9 Ways Students Struggle in Biology

1. Poor decisions, negative behaviors, poor attitude

Cost: Negative interaction with teacher and classmates

2. Poor attendance

Cost: Lack of access to class activities that cannot be done at home e.g. labs, demonstrations, discussion. Attendance also hurts lab group members.

3. Missing or late assignments

Cost: Falling behind and credit loss to lateness.

4. Poor organizational skills i.e. missing supplies and disorganized notebook

    (Students are expected to keep/organize all papers in a separate science notebook for the entire school year.)

Cost: Little or no access to notes and assignments for reference and studying.

5. Has difficulty with others in lab group. (A lab group is 2-4 people and we change lab groups frequently.)

Cost: Liability to lab group and lack of access to help from classmates.

6. Student does not seek help when confused

Cost: Student is not in control of his/her learning.

7. Does not complete research assignments or term projects or works below ability level.

Cost: Student doesn’t practice working independently and creatively and is a liability to the lab group.

8. Lacks self confidence and believes, “I have never been good at science”

Cost: A negative self image is stronger than any teaching method or strategy.

9. Student is apathetic and has little or no desire to see the value of a strong education.

Cost: Student misses out what this course and OHS has to offer to prepare him or her for a successful future.


9 Ways Parents Can Help

1. Remind your student that mistakes are part of the learning process.

Payoff: Student remains positive and motivated as s/he learns.

2. Schedule extra curricular activities (e.g. appointments, family trips) outside of the school day.

Payoff: Student is in class to experience the activity.

3. Ask to see your student’s updated scoresheet.

Payoff: Student learns to be accountable for assignments and his/her grade in class.

4.Teach your student to stay organized

Payoff: Student spends his/her time working rather than searching.

5. Ask your student about what s/he is learning.

Payoff: Students better grasp material when they can explain it to others.

6. Encourage your student to schedule and complete community service hours

Payoff: Student helps themself (points, resume builder, etc) and our community (great P.R.)

7. Remove distractions

Payoff: Student can focus on his/her job here at OHS.

8. Encourage excellence.

Payoff: Students will rise to meet your expectations.

9. Be proactive about tracking your student’s progress.

Payoff: Student is working to maintain a good grade throughout the semester rather than just before a grading period.