History – Dr. Bibus
Link for US History I http://www.cjbibus.com/i_1301_main_syllabus.htm

Link for US History I: http://www.cjbibus.com/i_1302_main_syllabus.htm

1.       WCJC’s form – Start that around

·         Sign your name

·         Print your name – Why?

2.       QEP – Last term’s message from WCJC but still true

In case you haven’t heard, WCJC is starting a movement to give students the tools to:

CHOOSE the correct major, [being “intentional”]

CONNECT with helpful people at the college,

and COMPLETE your degree or transfer faster!

The name of this movement is WCJC’s QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) Destination Bound:  Choose. Connect. Complete.   To find out more see the WCJC Homepage. 

Tracy Emmons, the Director of Instructional Assessment, QEP Coordinator


3.       Plus the idea of success as requiring people to be “intentional”:

·         In cognition, some people talk about success as metacognition – “thinking about thinking”

·         In the social sciences such as history, some people (including me) talk about success as good “habits” about thinking


4.       Next class day – what happens and what you bring

o   Pre-test – why I value it and why you should

o   Seating chart - so sit where you want to be, but do not sit next your best buddy – I will move you if you talk.

o   Bring a pencil

o   Bring a skinny Scan-tron

5.       What’s different about all history courses:

·         Instructors’ courses consist of a minimum of 25% written assignments. Mine is 23% but the Evidence Quizzes add 4% to that. You must do some written assignments—or—if you only want a C for the course and always make 100% on each objective (machine-gradable, not writing) assignment (a risky plan). Click here to see examples of the math

·         Instructors’ written assignments must use primaries (created in the time we are studying) as well as the textbook.


6.       What’s different about this course? I try to take student input about what would help them and create assignments and grading so you can earn a good grade.  Examples are:

·         240 out of 1000 points for Learning Quizzes and Evidence Quizzes. You can pre-earn those points. With the Learning Quizzes you can also pre-learn 8 out of 25 Unit Exam questions.

·         Writing assignments graded so if you improve you can replace some prior writing points.

·         Writing assignments graded half on evidence and half on content. Practical reality: you earn one letter grade higher on the writing. Why? Because bosses will fire you and upper level profs will fail you if your evidence is bad, but not if you have some ugly sentences. I am grading on life/work skills about evidence, not pretty words.


7.       Pieces of paper for you—that earn points and/or avoid disasters

To succeed, you must be “intentional”—figure out what you need to do for your grade, put X’s by those grades, and then either leave the List of Due Dates visible daily or record the dates in a calendar.


When Done, Who Keeps?

Your Emergency number and Your Course Plan – You mark each assignment you will do with X

FYI: US History II- there are 2 typos on this but they will not change your decisions. Your List of Due Dates does not have the typos.

Your prof keeps the form and enters the grade in Blackboard gradebook.

List of Due Dates – Caution: mark on this the assignments you marked that you will do on your plan (It is same as the above but with dates.)

Note: I need to explain dates and writing and why some of them have the (est.) after them:

·         Survey last term – appreciate the feedback from students

·         Feedback on something I need help with

You keep it—and if you want to succeed—use it to plan and then to keep up.

Your marked Syllabus & Success assignment – You mark with an X everything you understand and, if not, use the link online. The URL is on the List of Due Dates. Bring written questions—and, if none, say that.

Your prof keeps the form and enters the grade in Blackboard gradebook.


8.       Banner sheet as of this morning - I will run around and you will initial to the left of the number that you are here.
Tip: It’s in alphabetical order by the last name.

9.       Cover page and disability issues and timing
This statement is the same on any syllabus cover page - http://www.cjbibus.com/HIST_1301_F2F_Fall_2018_CRN10879_1st2Pages.htm 

10.   Textbook title and ISPN – on your printed sheets or Tip: Ctrl+F in the Searchable Syllabus- http://www.cjbibus.com/HIST_1301_1302_F2F_Fall_2018_Searchable_Syllabus.htm

·         Plus I provide a scan of the pages for the 1st Part writing

·         Plus an offer to sign out basic textbooks for the term. I will bring them with me the 2 days after today. You will need to walk out to my car if you want to borrow one.

·         Tip: Plus a way to have the specific pages from the textbook for the writing assignments.

11.   Parking at WCJC     https://www.wcjc.edu/About-Us/administration/offices/security/parking.aspx - The rules are at the top and the forms you have to fill in for Wharton and for University of Houston at Sugar Land are at the bottom of the link above.

·         If you are Richmond only

·         If you are at Sugar Land only

·         If you are at both, you need both


12.   RAVE – do register with them – https://www.getrave.com/login/wcjc
For WCJC’s security home page: https://www.wcjc.edu/About-Us/administration/offices/security/

13.   Locking the doors - For security reasons, the door will be locked 5 minutes after the beginning of the class and remain locked until the end of class. (I have an alarm set on my phone for 5 minutes after the start of class.)

FYI: I also have an alarm at 3 minutes before our class ends. It rings: I finish my last sentence and you pack up.

14.   If you took my class before, what’s different:

·         Now I will be entering the quiz incentives during the Unit. The due dates for the Learning Quizzes with each Lesson will be in Announcements. Why?

·         I will enforce the existing syllabus policy about orange dots if you have your cell phone out (not just if you text) Why?

·         Policy for leaving the room once the doors are locked
From the syllabus: For security reasons, the door will be locked 5 minutes after the beginning of the class and remain locked until the end of class. (I have an alarm set on my phone for 5 minutes after the start of class.) If you need to leave the classroom:

§  Before it ends, pack your things quietly and leave quietly and quickly.

§  Before it ends and you want to stay in the class until you have to leave, talk with me before class. If possible, I place you near the door to make your leaving less disruptive.

15.   Helping you with questions about your plan

If time, history is a social science but some people label it as one of the liberal arts. What’s that?