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Desert Vista High School
Phoenix, AZ

Class Goals

Students are expected to conduct themselves properly during class.
There are only five rules in class:

  1. Mutual respect for the rights and property of other, with no put-downs.
  2. Attentive listening (do not interfere with the educational process)
  3. Use all equipment properly, including computers.
  4. Come on time, prepared and willing to learn.
  5. Move about the class at the appropriate times in an appropriate manner.
Goal #1 - Develop critical thinking skills.
  • Critical thinking is the disciplined process of actively conceptualizing, analyzing, and applying information gathered from observation or communication as a guide to action. In other words, critical thinking attempts to intellectually figure something out.
  • 35 Strategies to improve critical thinking.
  • The following are the elements of reasoning upon which thinking skills are measured. A defect in any of these areas is a possible source of problems in your reasoning.

    1. What is the purpose or goal?
      • Whenever you reason, you reason to some end.
      • Is your purpose clear?
      • Is your purpose significant or trivial?
      • Is your purpose realistic?

    2. What is the question or problem to be solved?
      • Whenever you attempt to reason something out, there is at least one question or problem at issue.
      • Can you state the question or problem in a clear and relevant way?
      • Do you understand the process required for settling the question or solving the problem?
      • How will you know when the question is answered or the problem solved?

    3. What is your point of view or frame of reference?
      • Whenever you reason, you must reason within some point of view or frame of reference.
      • Is your point of view too narrow or too broad?
      • Is your point of view flexible and fair?
      • Is your point of view based on false or misleading information?

    4. What evidence is your reasoning based on?
      • Whenever you reason, there is some phenomena about which you are reasoning.
      • Is your evidence gathered and reported clearly, fairly, and accurately?
      • Is your data relevant?
      • Is the information adequate for achieving your purpose?

    5. What concepts, theories, or principles is your reasoning based on?
      • All reasoning uses some ideas or concepts.
      • Do you have a complete understanding of the theories involved or is your understanding merely superficial?
      • Are the concepts used in your reasoning clear ones?
      • Are your ideas relevant to the issue at hand?

    6. What assumptions have you made?
      • All reasoning must begin somewhere, must take some things for granted.
      • Are your assumptions clear and justifiable?
      • Are your assumptions crucial or extraneous?
      • Are your assumptions consistent or contradictory?

    7. What are the further implications or consequences of your reasoning?
      • No matter where you stop your reasoning, there will always be further implications and consequences.
      • Have you identified significant and realistic implications of your reasoning?
      • Have you communicated the implications of your views clearly and precisely enough to permit your thinking to be evaluated by the validity of those implications?

    8. What inferences have you made?
      • Reasoning proceeds by steps - "because this is so, that also is so".
      • Are the inferences you draw clear?
      • Are the inferences you draw justifiable?
      • Are the conclusions you draw consistent?

Goal #2 - Build interpersonal and communication skills.

Goal #3 - Gain experience in self-evaluation.

Goal #4 - Increase appreciation for the natural world.

Goal #5 - Form a base for higher level science classes.

Goal #6 - Become a life-long learner.

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