I am looking back at some of my favorite courses I had designed and taught throughout the years. Perhaps they will be helpful templates for a few current teachers. Here is the second one:
Standard II: Writing
Students will write focused, insightful analyses of philosophical ideas. They will be able to synthesize these ideas in complex and grammatically sound writing.
3.1 Students will be active in large group discussion, thereby listening and interacting effectively to promote the learning of the entire group in a dialogical context
3.2 Students will express themselves in whole class discussion, supporting and defending logically their position when challenged
3.4 Students will demonstrate an ability to apply principles, concepts, and theories studied
Quizzes and Tests: All quizzes are usually unannounced, but you may use your journal notebooks while taking them. Bring them to class each day! Quizzes are weighted approximately 50% of your grade. The only test we will have is the Final Exam.
Homework Policy: No late journal is accepted. Keep up with the assignments so you won’t fall behind or do poorly on the quizzes. Always be prepared.
Absences: It is your responsibility to follow the class calendar and to inquire about any class that you miss. If you have an excused absence from class, you must make up the quiz the day of your return before school. If you have a field trip, you must take your quiz the day it is scheduled before school. Failure to follow these directions will result in a zero.
Plagiarism: Borrowing facts, ideas, or language from others without crediting the source is plagiarism. It is your responsibility to read, understand, and adhere to the Plagiarism and Cheating Policy.
Teacher Availability: You are responsible for your own education and intellectual development. If you do not understand what is being discussed in class, set up a conference with me before school.