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Classroom expectation and procedures • Think of a good class. We want to create a good class also. • In order for us to be successful we have to have order. The following procedures will help us establish an orderly, educational classroom: • Attitude, mindset and materials before class Attitude, mindset and materials before class Respect • RESPECT IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE AND WE WILL ALL TRY OUR BEST TO BE RESPECTFUL • Be supportive of each other • When we laugh, we do not laugh to put another person down Attitude, mindset and materials before class • IN A LANGUAGE CLASSROOM IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOT WORRY ABOUT MISTAKES. You should concern yourself more with feedback you get from communicating than from worrying if what you say is perfect. Attitude, mindset and materials before class Participation YOU ARE SUBJECT TO A PARTICIPATION GRADE EVERY DAY. You will be asked to: • speak in front of class or at your seat, individually or in a group • work independently in silence • write on the board or at your desk • move to a different seat if needed • act out skits and watch skits attentively with occasional appropriate outburst (“Ay caramba”) Attitude, mindset and materials before class • Bring to class • composition book • writing utensils • extra paper • (each day, even if you have early dismissal.) • have other supplies available when needed: • scissors • crayons or colored pencils • 1inch three-ring binder with dividers Attitude, mindset and materials before class Keeping your composition book • No loose paper. • Keep neat • Use color whenever appropriate Heading all notebook entries • Draw a line below any previous activity. • ALL entries should have a title and date for your organizational benefit. Attitude, mindset and materials before class Entering the classroom • Find your assigned seat. • Get out all necessary materials: composition book, writing utensils, etc. • Open your composition book to the vocabulary section and study your vocabulary, unless there is another assignment. • Be ready to listen to today’s agenda. During class During class • Generally, wait until there is a break in the activity, instructions, or lecture to ask for something. Interrupting someone else is disrespectful. Asking to go out of the room right at the beginning or during an activity does nothing to help you learn. • Also, we want to observe the same structure as much as we can for all classes. Activating strategy – opening activity; whole group activity preferably in Spanish; partner or small group activity for practice; summarizing strategy – review standards, activities and check for relevance. However, if something needs to get done we will deviate from that structure as needed. Consequences for disrupting the educational process or not doing work Any of these consequences may be applied: • conference in the hall • call home • morning or afterschool detention • conference in the office • referral These consequences never seem fair, but I am charged with maintaining a classroom conducive to learning. Do your best with assignments and behavior so time does not have to be wasted. During class When you are tardy • Quietly and with the least disruption enter the room giving me a written excuse from another teacher or administrator, if you have one. • Ask a classmate about the current activity we are on. Any classmate is expected to assist you. Leaving the classroom • Raise your hand during a break in a lecture or activity, unless it is an emergency. • Ask, “?Puedo ir al baño?” (Can I go to the bathroom) or “?Puedo ir a la oficina? (Can I go to the office). You will not be permitted to leave class for any other reasons. • Only one person at a time and you may not be permitted to go when you want . During class Asking a question and making statements-When you have a question or a statement that is relevant • Raise your hand. • Wait until I can acknowledge you. • Speak up so everyone can hear you. (Speaking up when necessary is a good leadership skill!) Sharpening your pencil • Make sure your pencil is sharpened before class begins. • During class, wait until there is a break in an activity. During class Responding to my request for attention • I will raise my hand • You: – please turn and face me – Be ready for instruction When the Teacher has a question or a comment • Face the teacher to show you are paying attention. • Listen to what is said. • Think about what is said. • Respond appropriately. • If you have to answer a question “I don’t know” or “I can’t” will not relieve you of answering the question. You may be asked to come up with a better answer. During class End-of-period class dismissal • We will make sure the room is in order. • We will try to review our objectives and what we have learned. • You will stay in your seat until the bell rings. • I will try to remember to say “Adiós” to all of you as you exit. During class Heading papers that will be turned in • Unless otherwise directed, put your name, date, and period on the paper. Turning in assignments • Unless otherwise directed, I will ask several students to pick up assignments. Working cooperatively • Be willing to work with anybody • Every individual has to contribute to the group. During class • Test and quizzes: – do your own work unless it is a group grade – most of the time, you will turn in your papers at the front of the room in the class plastic drawer – read, sleep, or do homework while you wait for everyone else to finish During class During emergency situations • stop what you are doing • Stand or sit together wherever we are directed to stay • Fire drill – exit to the right and go to the grass outside • Tornado drill- line up along the hallway • Lockdown-get out of sight of the windows and stay quiet, lights should be out • Everyone has to make sure that all students are safe. Teacher will check attendance for safety. During class Any time you have nothing to work on • Stay on task by studying your vocabulary. • Please avoid gossip and being so loud that everyone in class can hear what you are saying. • Additional information Additional information • Homework evaluation: – most of the time it will be work that you can do on your own or that you will get an answer key for immediate feedback – will be checked for completion more than for accuracy – grading usually will be: • check plus: 100 • check: 85 • check minus: 70 • if you do not turn anything in or it takes too long for you to make it up it is a 0 Additional information • Extra credit: – turn in 3 bathroom passes at the end of semester – turn in 1 encounters with others paper – passing out papers • Max allowed: – either: • 3x 100% on homework • 3 points extra on semester grade (whatever works best with new gradebook) Additional information If you need tutoring • Arrange with the teacher when you can come to receive help. (Before or after school, or during academic lunch When you are absent • study your vocabulary (quizlet.com) • upon returning, ask a classmate (especially in your group) about the previous classes and obtain make-up work • arrange for make-up work (you got 2 days) and/or assignments (tasks, quizzes) by appointment with teacher Additional information • If you have a legitimate problem (medical conditions, doctor’s recommendations, etc. such as vision problems), you need to speak with me or talk to a guidance counselor. I will adjust according to doctors’ orders. Ask yourself: “Am I helping myself and others learn Spanish?” • What are your needs as far as classroom environment for learning Spanish? • What behaviors influence others negatively? • What behaviors influence others positively?
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