Secondary Science with Mr. Adkins
Welcome to science in the secondary setting. My name is James Adkins, and I teach High School Science through the courses of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Forensic Science. I am very excited to be interacting with all of my students this year and facilitating your exploration into the sciences. We live in a very exciting and challenging time where science discovery and application seems limitless in both improving our overall quality of life, as well as necessary to preserve and utilize our resources wisely.
Where possible, I like to take a very "hands on" approach to science exploration. Students tend to enjoy this endeavor. I do too! Laboratory investigation will be an integral part of our curricular study. That being said, laboratory safety will be of utmost importance and in the secondary, we move more from straight cause-effect relationships to more of a data collection and interpretation approach.
Science is exciting, challenging, vital, detailed, complicated, fun, and the list goes on. I look forward to moving ahead with all of my former students and to forging relationship with all of our incoming new students.
Cheers and keep inquiring!
Up close and personal
I studied science, biology and chemistry, at Auburn University in Auburn Alabama from 1971 - 1975 earning a Bachelor of Science degree. Hey, guess what? Things have changed since then! After working as an environmental quality control chemist for three years, I decided that I would like to give teaching a try and that became my career. This endeavor has lasted for over 30 years (and counting). I have worked in schools in Alabama, Arizona, and North Carolina in the US as well as Cape Town in South Africa. I have also coached basketball in each of these settings and it is one of my passions.
Water sports and adventure are also passions of mine. Sailing, swimming, surfing, and whitewater boating have been active pursuits of mine over the past several decades.
While each course is unique in its own way, there are certain classroom consistencies that carry over from course to course.
Grades will be based upon learning demonstrated through the following:
Tests, quizzes and projects and Laboratory write-ups
Students will need loose leaf lined and grid paper as well as pen or pencil. Ink must be blue or black. I do not accept ragged edge assignments torn from a spiral notebook. A scientific calculator is necessary for success as well as a straight edge.
In the interest of laboratory safety, each student must purchase a box of appropriately fitting surgical gloves.