I'm always curious about how other schools and teachers structure their classes. So tell me, how does your course schedule work per year? How many classes do students take and you teach? How do you set up grading (what's worth what)? For us, students take 4 classes per semester, for a total of 8 classes per school year. Which actually works out really nicely for them, as they get two extra elective courses (as compared to how it was prior). As far as grading goes for me: labs = 40%, tests/quizzes = 20%, homework = 20%, final = 20%. Homework is given out on Tuesdays, and is due by Monday. Quizzes/tests are given out on Thursdays and are also due on Mondays (take home quizzes). The quizzes are basically just the section review questions from the text book, the chapter tests are the same deal. The final is straight out of the text book review questions. I hate the idea of teaching for the test, but the upper powers that be say we should be testing students. So I do. I just make it as easy as possible to pass. Homework, yet another sore subject for me, is either a pass or fail grade. As long as they try they'll get credit and the homework returned corrected. I trust the labs more. These are hands on activities that bring science alive. So tell me...how do you do it?