Classroom Policies 

     2. Arrive to class on time and be ready to learn

  • When the bell rings, students must be in a designated sitting area or they will be marked as late.

  • Students should immediately begin on the warm-up activity or journal entry.

  • Students must be engaged and mentally ready to learn.

     3. No cheating, copying, or plagiarizing

  • Cheating is unacceptable. Zero credit and a letter home will be issued.

     4. Quality of work and in class participation

  • Students should complete assigned lessons to the best of their knowledge.

  • Students are required to participate in class and will be expected to apply what they’ve learned to assignments, conversations, and in class projects.

  1. Be kind, polite, and respectful

  • I strive to make my classroom a safe environment for students so offensive and derogatory language is unacceptable.

  • Students must keep hands, feet, arms, and legs to themselves.

  • Students must respect school property.

  • Students shouldn’t speak when someone else is talking. They can raise their hand and wait to be called on.

  • Students must come to class with an open mind. We all have different opinions and beliefs. This is what makes us beautiful!

Cellphone and Device Policy:

I strongly believe in the use of technology. According to Kellough, technology can stimulate students and encourage analytical skills while learning about the world (Kellough, 2011). However, devices are often misused in class and can be a distraction to all students. Because of this, a strict cellphone and device policy will be enforced in my classroom. As students walk into class, they will see a note on the door that will inform them if their devices are needed for the day. If cellphones are not needed, they will place them in their backpacks, at a designated cubby, or at the designated charging station which is based on a first come first serve bases. If devices are needed, they will have them on their desks at the beginning of class and further await my instructions. They should not be on their devices when the bell rings. If they are, they will get a warning. They will lose participation points after a second warning. If students are caught being unproductive on their devices, they will lose their privileges for the day and will lose participation points. If it’s a consistent issue with a particular student, I will revoke their privilege of using their device in class and send a letter home explaining the issue. I will have a special log to keep track of unproductive device usage. 

Here are some examples of unproductive device usage:

 

  1. Making a phone call

  2. Text messaging

  3. Listening to music without permission

  4. Social media – Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Reddit, etc.

  5. Browsing the internet without being instructed to do so

  6. Shopping

  7. Doing homework without permission

  8. games

 

Even though my rules are strict, I still feel that devices can be a great learning tool for students. Here are some reasons I might use devices in class:

 

  1. Classroom poles, quizzes, and study guides

  2. Research

  3. Inquiry-based learning assignments

  4. Independent work – writing a paper or working on a project

  5. Group work – collaborating on presentations

  6. Educational Games

 

Technology will be encouraged so students can keep up with our fast-changing society; however, it should only be used appropriately and on designated technology days.

Homework, assignments, & Grading Policy:

 Because we are preparing students for college, I believe in cultivating positive study habits and strong work ethics, therefore, I will only allow a certain number of assignments to be turned in as late; however, I will allow extensions for absences, illness, and/or emergencies. I will adapt the standards-based grading system and will allow students to resubmit work until the standard is met.

 

Organizational tools: Since students are allowed so many assignments to be late, it is important that students are organized and aware of important due dates. To help students stay on task, all homework, projects, assignments, and tests will be posted to the in-class agenda and to Google Classroom. Parents will also have access to Google Classroom, so they can be involved in their student’s educational experience. Students will also receive text message reminders and emails of important due dates.  There will be no excuses for missed or late work.  

 

Grading Policy: Students will be graded on a points system. My grade book will be split into two categories: major and minor grades. Major grades will account for 60% of my student’s grades and will be dedicated to projects, essays, quizzes, and tests which will allow me to monitor their knowledge and application of what they learned. Minor grades will make up 40% of my students’ grades and will represent everything related to participation and effort which includes homework, classroom activities, journals, etc. Having these two categories will allow me to quickly assess students on their knowledge and their effort. I believe this is a simple and fair grading policy that will promote productivity in my classroom.

Consequences and

Positive Consequences 

Consequences 

Because we are training students to be college, career and civic life ready, each student should take responsibility for their own actions. Depending on the severity of the misbehavior, I will give consequences as I see fit. For small unwanted behavior issues, I will quietly redirect student behavior. If a student displays unwanted conduct, I will follow these steps:

 

  1. Verbal warning

  2. Written 2nd warning - A colored piece of paper will be dropped off at the student’s desk with “second warning” written on it.

  3. Student teacher conversation - If the student continues to be off task, I will have a conversation with the student outside of the classroom which allows the student to take ownership of their misbehavior and together we can resolve the issue (Kellough, 107).

  4. detention and a letter home will be issued.

Positive Consequences

I feel that it is important to enforce a positive learning environment in class by recognizing positive behavior. I will accomplish this in many ways. One way I will do this is by verbally giving students praise when they are modeling good behavior. Nothing is more powerful than a “simple good job.” During independent work, I will walk around the classroom and write small positive notes on each post-it and drop them off on student desks. The note will explain the positive behavior and why I like it. This will allow students to reflect on their behavior as a model student. I will also send emails or letters home to parents. This will not only increase student morale but will also get the parents involved in their class. At the beginning of the school year, I will ask each student to bring a few postcards with the address filled out. When they acknowledge the rules or do something to maintain the integrity of our classroom, I will send a postcard home. This will motivate students to model positive behavior and allow them to get praise by their parents. I also think it’s important for parents to verbally hear about their child’s positive behavior. I will do this by conducting phone calls and video chats, so I can get face to face with parents. This will allow parents to get to know their child’s teacher as well as ask any questions or bring up any concerns they might have.