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January 30

posted Jan 30, 2013, 6:01 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Feb 1, 2013, 5:03 AM ]
Day 3--

Last night you had your first homework assignment, and today we'll start with some activities you'll often do the day after a homework assignment. 
Some of these things might seem a little unusual the first time you do them, but you'll soon get used to them. 

First, a QUIZ.
When you have homework, you'll sometimes be greeted the next day with a quiz over the assignment you've completed (or, maybe not completed). 
Quizzes in this class are FORMATIVE assessments. They help you (and me) get a sense of how you're doing as you collect and try to understand information. Because they are formative, the scores you earn will be recorded in the gradebook, but they will not count for -- or against-- your course grade.  They are also open-note; you may use YOUR homework assignment during the quizzes, so the more complete your assignments are, the more likely you are to do well on the quizzes. Finally, they are also available for retakes, starting the day after you take them the first time. Your new score will replace the old score, but they will be noted as retake scores in the gradebook.
So, if you're ready, go ahead and take your  FIRST QUIZ now.

If you have questions about any aspects of last night's assignment, be ready to ask them now. You get to control the direction of our discussions about homework, and you shouldn't be shy about asking questions about the reading or the questions you were supposed to answer. Be sure to have your assignment out / open and available so you can add information from the discussion to deepen your understanding and clear up any misconceptions. Pay attention and participate in these homework discussions. Even if you aced the quiz and have good answers to all the questions, your work can always be improved, and your understanding can always be deepened by adding to your work. Your homework assignments are for YOU so you should treat them as living documents, that you can add to, edit, deepen, correct, and change as you learn. Don't just wait for this time to be over; sometimes homework discussions consume 1/2 the class period, and if you simply tune out the discussion, you'll miss a lot of what you're here for that day. 

Finally, using a DROPBOX

When you complete work in this class it won't always be collected. When it is, if you've completed it on paper, please put it in the basket on the corner of my desk. If you've completed it in Google Docs/Drive, you'll be turning it in electronically using one of the classroom Dropboxes. Instead of just sharing an assignment or essay with me via email, you'll be creating a link to your document then sharing that link with me using an online form called a dropbox. You can access the dropbox at any time using the Dropbox tab on the left hand of each page on my site. You'll find three of them there, each used for a different purpose (and it's really important you use the right one!)

Daily Dropbox is for your homework, classroom assignments, and other FORMATIVE assessments. 
Assessment Dropbox is for summative assessments, such as unit essays, research projects, or other assesssment that will help determine your course grade.
ReGrade Dropbox is for summative assessments that you are resubmitting for a new score. Information about what to do before a regrade will happen will be provided later. 
There are instructions in each dropbox form to walk you through the steps so what you turn in is exactly what I need to see. Be especially careful to Change the Sharing and Edit Access levels of your document before you hand it in. (ANYONE WITH THE LINK / CAN EDIT is what you want.)
One more thing to remember about using the Dropboxes; When you turn something in, you're actually turning in a link to the document, not the document itself. That means that if you turn something in, then make changes to it, the changes will automatically be there when I get a chance to look at it. Think of it like giving a  key to your house to a trusted neighbor or relative.  If you rearrange your furniture in your house, you don't need to give out another key. The old key still works, but the place will look different when your neighbor opens the door. 

Tonight's homework: 
READ Chapter 1.2: Forms of Government (10-14)
a. Confederation (11)
b. Dictatorship (12)
c. Democracy (13)
a.        What’s the difference between a unitary and a federal government? (10)
b.        What’s the difference between a presidential and a parliamentary government? (11)
c.        What’s the difference between a dictatorship and a democracy? (12-13)
d.        What’s the difference between a direct democracy and a representative democracy? (13)
e.   What are the three basic ways that governments can be classified (10, or the chart on 14)