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As far as I am concerned, "Honors" has NOTHING to do with increasing the assignment load of the students. I believe it is the level of instruction that makes a course "Honors." I ask the same assignments of all my students in every class I teach, Honors or not. The difference is in the level of the instruction. I am a reader for the National AP Exam in many subject areas. I attend AP Institute regularly so that I learn how to prepare scholars to take the national standardized tests in the subject matter. I bring these materials to class to share with my students, whenever possible. It is "Honors" because the materials taught are a cut above the norm, not because of the amount of unnecessary memory work for the student generated. Basically, I challenge myself to teach the course with increased fervor. It is called "Honors" because it is a better course, not a more arduous program.
I do not and will never show experiments in any of my classes or recorded products. I believe that lab should be a discovery exercise and that part of that discovery encompasses the mistakes that ultimately get made. By showing your student the results and set up of the experiment in advance, I feel that he or she is being robbed of a valuable learning/problem solving opportunity. I do give a pre lab which helps the student with the experience, but I do not show the experiment itself. I see no reason to show a video of a hands-on learning activity. Doing so defeats the purpose of performing the lab in my opinion.