Classroom Policy and Procedure Guide
START OF CLASS
- Be in your seat when the bell rings
- Take out your materials
- Write down the homework in your planner
- Begin the posted bell work
- Only pack up once given permission.
- Once told to do so, clean up your space: pick up your trash, return supplies, and straighten desks.
- Sit in your seat until dismissed.
- Respect the learning environment: Speak softly, be positive
- Take responsibility for your learning: Be on time and on task, listen carefully, work hard
- Show kindness and consideration: be helpful, be gentle, use appropriate language
- Verbal Warning
- Teacher-Student Conference
- Teacher-Parent Conference
- Referral to Administration
*If the behavior is creating a serious disruption, the student will be referred to administration immediately
Email – Most of the information you need can be found on my website. However, if you need to contact me with specific questions, email is the best way to do it. I respond to emails at the end of each work day; I do not regularly check email at home. If you email me, please allow 24 hours for a response.
Homework Questions – Some homework must be completed the day after it is assigned. If you have questions on homework, please see my blog to check for clarification. If you do not find it, please ask a classmate for help. If you are still unable to find the answer, please come see me before school so I can write you a pass for Success. You are expected to have completed as much of the assignment as possible.
Restroom Passes – You will receive two restroom passes per quarter. You may use these at your discretion, but once they are gone, you may not leave the class during instructional time. Please use the restroom on your way to class. Do not wait until the end of passing period to go. If you do, you will have to use one of your passes, or you will be marked tardy.
Self-Advocacy – As students progress through their education, teachers will increasingly expect them to advocate for themselves. Because of this, I encourage you to advocate for yourself by asking questions when you don’t understand, coming to office hours when you need additional help, and taking care of as many concerns as possible. I am always open to hearing from parents and addressing their questions and concerns. However, I encourage students to take the lead in these matters whenever possible.
Mindfulness – Students often times become bogged down with stress and anxiety. Because of this, I frequently use mindfulness activities in class to promote healthy stress management.
Phones – We will occasionally use cell phones in class to facilitate learning. If phones are being used, students should restrict their use to academic purposes (no texting, talking, or posting). However, unless explicitly posted on the board, students are expected to keep their phones put away. The first time a student has their phone out at an inappropriate time, I will ask them to place it on my desk. The second time, I will have a conference with the student. The third time, I will contact the parent. The fourth time, I will refer the student to administration.
Online Assignments – Students are expected to utilize technology outside the classroom. For example, students must submit major essays to turnitin.com. In addition, students may be asked to complete assignments using the online textbook. If limited technology makes these assignments difficult for you, please speak with me so we can come up with a solution. Do not wait until a due date to initiate that conversation.
Class Culture – I strive to build a foundation of respect and acceptance with my classes. I love joking around, laughing while we learn, and building strong relationships with students and their families. I encourage students to be honest, vulnerable, and true to themselves.