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Earth and Space Science - Fall Semester

In 13 weeks, we will cover a semester of high school Earth Science, including labs - note this class pairs with a spring semester.
Melinda Dooley
84 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 12 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
4x per week
over 13 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Learners will complete a semester of high school Earth Science.  Students will be well-prepared for future science coursework, and will improve their ability to communicate via written and other mediums.  
I am certified to teach Biology in Texas, and Secondary Sciences (middle and high school) in Colorado.  I am also certified as a Special Education Generalist in Colorado, and while I haven't gotten the official stamp on my certificate, I also passed the Colorado Teacher Licensing Exams in Health and Agricultural Education.  I also have experience teaching AP Environmental Science and AP Biology, as well as Introductory Biology, Algebra, Biochemistry, and Chemistry for high school and undergraduate students.
The super cool thing about this textbook is that it’s interactive, filled with questions and the space to answer them: every student is expected to fill in every blank, outside of the investigations, and there are online resource links included in the text. One can expect to read between 10 and 30 pages each week and to complete several hours of work outside of class, including completing the book work and the weekly investigation, as well as writing it up. But this class is much more than just book-work. Students are expected to peer-review one another’s work, and will receive weekly feedback on written work.
Learners need the Biozone textbook Earth and Space Science, available from Amazon at , directly from Biozone, or from other sources. Supply lists for investigations will be made available weeks in advance.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Each student will receive a letter grade reflecting their overall performance (A - Outstanding; B - Competent; C - Acceptable; D - Borderline Acceptable; F - Fail) as well as a written report including strengths and areas of growth.  A "B" or above is considered mastery.

Two major exams will be assessed, a midterm during week 13 and a comprehensive final exam during week 25.  Percent scores (out of 100%) will be given.  That said, the majority of the class and the expected improvement is in written work and other forms of argumentative communication.  Feedback will be provided on a weekly basis, and student work that fails to meet expectations will see remediation.  
3 hours 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.
My background is in science and science education.  We assume that climate change is real and is anthropogenic (human-caused).  Oh, yeah, and the Earth is approximately 4.5 billion years old.  

Note: In particular, I insist that evolution and climate change are accepted as facts, but I am certainly happy to discuss WHY these are accepted as facts, and how we came to dismiss alternate explanations.  Science is an iterative process, constantly trying to improve itself and its accuracy, and evolution is one of the most supported theories in the world of science today. 
BioZone’s Earth and Space Science is a necessary textbook for this course, and it is expected that students will have access to this book, whether purchased or borrowed, paper or electronic.  Extraneous resources for investigations will be recommended, but investigations can be done via research instead of personal experimentation.  In general, the more expensive investigation options are the more hands-on options.  


Melinda Dooley
Lives in the United States
Enthusiastic Biologist
84 total reviews
130 completed classes

About Me

Howdy do!  

My name is Melinda K. Dooley, and Biology is the love of my life--right up there with teaching life science to someone else!  I have been tinkering with biology since I was a child, formalizing my studies as I got older, but I've... 
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