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A LITTLE
ABOUT ME
SHANNON/MS.MOIST
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I grew up in Winnipeg and moved out
here in high school
I have a BSc from the University of
Alberta and a BEd from SFU
I’m currently in my second semester of
my MLIS degree, so now I’m a teacher
and a student
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I am a huge nerd
I love reading, travelling,
pomegranates, The Walking Dead, and
(downhill) bike rides
I have 2 cats and a dog who are all
much too cute for their own good and
very distracting
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HOW TO MAKE THIS SEMESTER
AWESOME
FIRST OF ALL…
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someone is paying for you to be here,
so appreciate that and take advantage
of the opportunity!
REALLY EASY WAYS TO DO WELL…
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come to class
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be on time
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pay attention in class
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review regularly
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do your homework
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ask for help if you need it
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be proactive!
ADVICE FROM PREVIOUS STUDENTS
“Do the Hebden questions. They actually help.”
 “Ask Shannon for help when you need it, not right
before the test.”
 “If you come to class and do the homework, there’s
literally no way you can’t do well in this class.”
 “Make sure you come to class and if you can’t, tell
Shannon.”
 “Ms.Moist wants to help you but she can’t if you
don’t ask.”
 “Make sure you understand the basic concepts. The
big ideas are a lot harder if you don’t.”
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MORE ADVICE FROM PREVIOUS STUDENTS
“Don’t miss a single class. There’s lots of material to
cover and getting caught up after the class has moved
on is very difficult.”
 “Make full use of class time given to work on
homework.”
 “Go through the notes at least once when you go
home.”
 “Do lots of practice questions. The concepts can be
difficult and repetition will help solidify base ideas.”
 “Don’t be lazy, come to class.”
 “Come to class, listen, and take notes.”
 “Try to understand all the little concepts because in
tests they are combined into more complex questions.”
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THE GOLDEN RULE…
BEING PROACTIVE
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I’m here to do everything I can to help
you succeed but, ultimately, YOU are
responsible for YOUR success
Be your own advocate!
 Stay on top of things – we’ll be moving
through material pretty quickly so try not to
fall behind!
 Make Google and the library your friend
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There are tons of resources out there!
REALLY EASY WAYS TO ANNOY ME…
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cheating – we’ll talk about this more
later but don’t do it
talking while I’m teaching
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I’m not a fan of doing it but I will move
disruptive students
answering your cell phone in class –
seriously, never do this
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falling prey to the “exception” school of
thought…
If I ask everyone to be quiet, I mean you
 If I ask you not to write on a certain hand
out, I mean you
 If I ask everyone to clean up after
themselves, I mean you
 If I say I will take off late marks, I mean I
will take late marks off of YOUR work if
it is late
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basically, there are few exceptions in
the class and I decide them (not you!)
CLASSROOM STUFF
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I get here pretty early BUT usually have things
to prep, etc in the AM – when the classroom door
is open, you’re free to come in
When I’m at my desk, please hold any questions
(unless it’s really urgent)
If you borrow any supplies, please write your
name and the supply on the board
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Return the supply DIRECTLY TO ME (I will erase
your name off the board)
Please be sure to return supplies – they’re limited
and once they’re gone, they’re gone :o(
CLASSROOM STUFF
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Extra notes and handouts can be found in
the labeled boxes on the side of the class
I print enough for the class so please don’t
take extras
 if you need an extra (or can’t find one in the
box), print one off the website
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you come in, check the back table for
new notes/worksheets/handouts
 Hand
in work to be marked into the box at
the back
CLASSROOM STUFF
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Pick up marked work periodically from
the appropriate boxes (side of class).
Please treat the classroom with respect – I
don’t really want to clean up after you
so…trash in the trash, paper in the recycling,
push chairs in when you leave, etc
When collecting marked work or finding a
worksheet/notes you are missing, put
everything BACK WHERE YOU FOUND IT!
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Please do not leave papers all over the counter
CLASSROOM STUFF
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Sometimes, we’ll be done class early,
sometimes we won’t
Class is 2.5 hours long and I can use that
entire time
 If I give you time in class to work on
assignments, I expect you to use it
 I will let you know when we’re done class so
there’s no need for you to ask!
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CLASS WEBSITES AND EMAIL
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Chemistry
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http://moistschem12.wikispaces.com/
Physics 12
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http://moistsphysics12.wikispaces.com/
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Foundations of Mathematics 11
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Pre-Calculus 11
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http://moistsprecalculus11.wikispaces.com/
My email:
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[email protected]
EMAIL
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If you email me, I will respond
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That means, if you don’t get a response, I
didn’t get the email and you need to contact me
in another way
If you don’t have access to email, you can
always call the school
HOMEWORK, PROBLEM SETS, & LABS
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The course load will sometimes seem
heavy in these courses but I try very hard
to keep it reasonable to the material
The homework and quizzes I assign are
not to fill/waste time (or to torture you),
they’re to help you learn the material and
to help ME see how you’re progressing
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They also help you identify any problem
areas you might have and get extra help
HOMEWORK, LABS, & PROBLEM SETS
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I fully encourage you to get to know your
classmates and to use each other for help
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I also think it’s great if you want to work
together on homework and assignments
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BUT if you are working as a group and get
disruptive, I will ask you to separate
copying homework/assignments from
someone else completely negates the reason
for doing them
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I give them to you to help you practice skills and
concepts that you need to learn the material
IF YOU’RE LATE
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If you’re late and the door is closed…
Please wait outside quietly (in view of the
window)
 Quietly means: don’t knock!
 I will see you and let you in at a
convenient time
 If you’re in the class, don’t worry about
the people outside; I will see them and let
them in
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IF YOU’RE LATE (CONT’D)…
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If you’re late for/miss a group quiz,
you will write that quiz alone (even
if other people are late or absent,
too!)
IF YOU MISS A CLASS (OR CLASSES)…
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be responsible for yourself!
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let me know (just shoot me an email)
check the website
pick up any missed handouts from the HO
box
talk to a friend in the class
come back to class prepared and ready to
continue
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if you have questions, please talk to me
outside of class time about missed work
IF YOU MISS A CLASS (CONT’D)…
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Coming to see me after missing a
class/classes without having been to
the website and expecting me to catch
you up on what you missed is not
acceptable
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The website is a tool, so use it!
IF YOU MISS A QUIZ/TEST
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Email me
Come speak to me so we can fill out a “missed
quiz/test” form
I will usually set one or two times per week
where students can make up missed quizzes/test
If you don’t show up for a rescheduled quiz/test
and don’t contact me, you may not be able to write
it at all
QUIZZES & TESTS
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Don’t ask me what’s on the quiz/test!
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I will tell you the section and maybe some
rough guidelines but beyond that, I’ll just
pretend these questions don’t happen
Also, don’t ask how many questions there will
be (or what type of questions)
Come see me when you start struggling with
a concept, not the morning before a test or
quiz!
QUIZZES & TESTS (CONT’D)
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I will let you know at least one class in
advance of any quizzes/tests coming up
(usually at least a week for tests)
concept and “partner” quizzes can be
without warning
I obviously will not stop you but I very
much prefer that there are no bathroom
breaks during quizzes & tests
QUIZZES & TESTS (CONT’D)
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scrap paper and formula sheets are
available for tests
please DON’T WRITE on the formula sheets
(you’ll have your own copy for that)
 if you have a formula sheet with
writing on it, please give it to me
 all scrap paper should be handed in with
quizzes/tests
 if you use your own loose leaf as scrap paper, I
will check it for writing during the quiz/test
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QUIZZES & TESTS (CONT’D)
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Bonus Qs (usually only Physics)
These are completely up to my discretion –
please don’t argue them with me
 Any marks from bonus questions will be added
to your mark to a maximum of 100% on TESTS;
on quizzes, your mark can be >100%.
 Chem bonus Qs are done in class before tests
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Quizzes and tests should NEVER leave the
room (or be photographed!)
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before, during, and after (when you’re looking at
marked quizzes/tests
QUIZZES & TESTS (CONT’D)
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CIRCLE multiple choice answers clearly
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If your answer is not clear, it cannot be marked
Put a box around final answers in written
questions – makes it easier to mark
Show ALL your work for full marks!
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We’ll go over in detail what I mean by this
QUIZZES & TESTS (CONT’D)
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you finish a quiz/test early and you feel
that you can’t sit quietly (that means NO
TALKING) until everyone finishes, you’re
free to leave the class BUT…
make sure you’re back in the class by the
quiz/test deadline (because we’ll usually be
starting notes right away)
 DON’T hang out in the hallway! Go to the
student lounge or library
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CHEATING
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I hate cheating
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but I know it will happen – there are way more
of you than there are of me and I can’t have my
eyes everywhere at once
That said, I will do everything I can to
prevent cheating
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And you can help me with this! If you see
anyone cheating, please come speak with me
about it – cheating is most unfair to those NOT
cheating and I want to do what I can to
prevent this
CHEATING – HOW TO AVOID IT
 Everyone
will use a divider on tables for
quizzes & tests
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Maximum of 2 students/table
I will sometimes randomly move students –
this does NOT mean I think you’re cheating!
Do NOT talk to anyone but me during a quiz
or a test! If you have a question or need a
supply, put your hand up and I will come help
you.
CHEATING – HOW TO AVOID IT
 Keep
your quiz/test flat on your desk, with
any extra pages folded under
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So don’t hold it up to look it over, etc
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your eyes forward – if it looks like
cheating, I have to assume it’s cheating.
Don’t make me assume that!
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If you’d like to use an electric dictionary,
please speak to me before any quiz or test
REASONS CHEATING IS RIDICULOUS
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a temporary fix - tempting, I guess, but
won’t help you in the long run…
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will, eventually, get caught
If you get caught by me, you will receive a 0
(quizzes) or be given a new (very difficult) version
(tests)
If you get caught in post-secondary, you can be
expelled (permanently); at a minimum, you are
usually suspended for a year
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“Academic dishonesty” also goes on your transcript
forever – which isn’t a good thing
EMAILS
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Outside of speaking to me in class, email is
the best way to reach me
We have a professional relationship, so
emails should be professional. This means:
always include greetings (it’s just polite!)
 be very clear with questions (so I can be sure
to answer them clearly)
 be concise – if you have lots of involved
questions, it’s best to make time to see me
before/after class
 don’t give me timelines to respond to you by
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HERE ARE SOME AWESOME EMAILS
Hi Shannon,
I have a doctor's appointment today so I will not
attend the class. Can you post on the website or
send me the remainder of the notes via email?
Thanks.
Hi Shannon,
I had a quick question from our notes for work,
energy and power. I was doing some as practice and
was on page 8 doing the first question on that page. I
was wondering for part a of the question.. (what is the
velocity of the rollercoaster car at the top of the loop)
why the equations in [ Epi = Ekf +Epf ] I dont
understand why the Ekf is there? Thanks!
Hello Ms. Moist,
I am unable to attend class tomorrow as I am still
getting over the flu. I will catch up in my work
that is due online, in class, and notes. If I have
any questions come Tuesday, and depending on
what works with your schedule, may I come early
or after class to ask them?
Please let me know,
Thank you
HERE ARE SOME EMAILS THAT AREN’T SO
AWESOME…
I cant stay after class, we had this
conversation before, when I asked to borrow your
notes. I have other things outside of this class that
are dependent on me. If it's important please leave
me a voice message or email and ill get back to you.
Hi Ms. Moist,
I was suppose to write a Chem test after class but I
didn't. I had to leave for some reason. I had to sell a
phone on Craigslist and that guy messaged me and
asked to meet him right away. And you were also
talking to *****. So I just left and couldn't tell you. Sorry
for that.
PHYSICS
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In Physics, you’ll be able to use “cheat sheets” on
TESTS (not quizzes)
I will give you cue cards to use as cheat sheets –
if you don’t have a cue card from me, you can’t
use a cheat sheet
If you’re unhappy with a test mark, it is YOUR
RESPONSIBILITY to come speak to me
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There is an option of writing extra questions to
boost your mark to a MAXIMUM of 73%
Make sure to speak to me the day marked tests are
handed back so we can set a date and time
CHEMISTRY
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If you’re unhappy with a test mark, it is
YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to come speak
to me
There is an option of writing extra
questions to boost your mark to a
MAXIMUM of 73%
 Make sure to speak to me the day marked
tests are handed back so we can set a date
and time
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MATH
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I cannot emphasize enough how important it
is to…
keep up with your work in this class!
 come to EVERY in-class lesson
 don’t do your online lessons at the last minute!
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If you fall behind in math, it can be very
challenging to catch up
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It’s a way better idea to just stay on top of things!
MATH (CONT’D)
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If you’re worried about this being a hybrid
course…
“At first, I was worried about the hybrid course
but it was easier than I thought it would be and
I’m proud of myself for finishing”
 “I was disappointed and a little nervous but I
actually preferred it because it lets you work on
things at home.”
 “Don’t be scared, you’ll be glad you took this class
like me.”
 “I was worried and afraid of how my learning
would be affected but once it started, it was great
because it gave me a chance to take my time.”
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MATH (CONT’D)
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Here’s some advice from students from
previous semesters
“If you do the homework and ask questions, you’ll
be fine.”
 “I’ve never done well in math so I was scared but
Shannon helps if you ask and the videos really
helped.”
 “If you’re struggling, ask Shannon for help – she
can’t read your mind.”
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MATH (CONT’D)
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Be PROACTIVE!
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don’t do all your work on one day – if you
spread it out over a few days (and do a bit each
day), it will help you learn AND retain the
information
Get a “strong start”
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Stay on top of your work!
Get help if you need it!
Complete all assignments/worksheets/practice
problems
MATH (CONT’D)
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If you get a test mark you’re unhappy with,
it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to come
speak to me
you can do corrections on your test at a date
and time appointed by me
 you MUST have all WSs and quizzes done (no
NHIs)
 you must bring your completed review
package on the “corrections” day
 A ½ mark will be added to your test score for
each correct correction you make
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MATH (CONT’D)
There is an option of writing extra
questions to boost your mark to a
MAXIMUM of 86%
 The test corrections will be done the
Thursday after the test
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Students who missed 0-2 classes, had an
average of 79% last semester; those who
missed more than 2 classes had an
average of 68%; attendance is important!

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