Classroom Expectations /Teach - To's Mrs. Anderson - 7th Grade The goal behind teaching classroom expectations is to explain and demonstrate the rules and routines that reinforce the skills that every student must have in order to be a successful learner and allow the teacher to be a fair disciplinarian. These rules and routines are called Teach- To's and they eliminate repeated warnings and multiple requests to maximize learning for all students. The steps are as follows: 1. The classroom expectations are taught during the first weeks of school. 2. When a student misbehaves, the teacher asks three questions: Am I able to teach? Are the other students able to learn? Is the misbehaving student able to learn? 3. If the teacher cannot answer "yes" to all three questions, a start-up request is given. 4. If the behavior stops, the student will be reinforced with a positive acknowledgement. 5. If the behavior continues, noncompliance is exhibited and the student will be refocused to another classroom. 6. During the refocus (which usually should not last more than 5-7 minutes), the student will fill out the refocus form, calm down, and wait for the buddy teacher to allow them to return to class. 7. The student is then welcomed back to the classroom to continue learning by the teacher. General Guidelines - "The Essential 10" 1. Be the best person you can be. 2. Be positive and enjoy life and learning. 3. No matter what the circumstances, always be honest. 4. Manners are important - use them. 5. Do not show disrespect with gestures. 6. Respect all comments, ideas, and opinions in this classroom. 7. Always say thank-you when given something. 8. Perform a random act of kindness at least once every month. 9. Make eye contact. 10. Follow the specific classroom protocols. BEGINNING CLASS 1. Students will be in their seats reading the walk-in when the tardy bell rings and allow teacher five minutes to take attendance, etc. 2. Students will begin working on the walk-in immediately having all materials necessary for class. (pencil/pen, notes, paper, highlighter, etc.) 3. Students will remain busy and wait for further instructions when finished. Positive Negative Almost-But Not Quite In seat reading instructions Out of seat In seat still getting things out Proper materials out and Sitting and doing nothing Taking too much time to get being used started No materials Completes walk-in Needs walk-in explained again correctly, independently Asks another student to and quietly explain walk-in Whispering after walk-in Respecting five minute Talking during and after Being quiet but not busy when rule regarding questions walk-in finished. Remains busy when done Raising hand before first five minutes LISTENING/DISCUSSION BEHAVIOR 1. Be quiet and attentive. 2. Eyes and ears on the speaker. 3. Hands still (pencil down, do not flip through book or notes) 4. Sit in chair properly with feet on the floor. 5. Raise hand and WAIT to ask relevant questions until appropriate time after speaker is finished. Positive Negative Almost-But Not Quite Looking attentively at Talking Whispering to neighbor speaker Reading anything not Staring into space (blank look) Hands and feet are still relevant Playing with pencil/pen etc. Waiting until the speaker Doing homework is finished to raise hand Waving a hand to ask a and ask a question Raising hand or blurting question before out a question or speech/explanation is over comment in the middle of the speech or explanation GENERAL CLASSROOM BEHAVIORS 1. Students will take care of restroom needs between classes or at beginning or end of class. In case of an emergency, raise hand, and consult teacher during instruction. 2. Students will accept the team agreed upon consequence for more than three tardies. Five tardies is a referral. 3. Gum chewing is not allowed. A warning will be given, followed by a refocus. The third time a referral will be written for defiance. 4. Cell phone use is only allowed in the mornings, at lunch, and after school per Kyrene District guidelines. Cell phones should be off and in backpacks at all other times. New guidelines and consequences are being developed by the administration and will be enforced by the team. Please ask a teacher to shut off your phone if you forget. 5. Students will raise hand straight up, not moving without any noises. 6. Students will remain in seats during instruction and not get up at other times without permission from teacher. 7. Students will sharpen pencils one person at a time before class or when not a disruption to others. 8. Students will use the correct heading (name, date, and period - right side, top three lines) on all papers. 9. Students will hand in work of high quality (neat, legible, no ragged edges, blue or black ink for final copies) or it will not be accepted. 10. Students will hand in all papers quickly and quietly to the front desk. 11. Students will show respect and courtesy to all guest teachers. Positive Negative Almost-But Not Quite Going to restroom between Asking to go to restroom after Going to restroom between classes classes or beginning or end of class has started or during but late to class class instruction On time and in seat doing In seat still getting things out walk-in Wandering around Chewing gum, but spitting it out No gum chewing Gum chewing Hand half-way up Hand up straight, not moving Talking out Asks to get out of seat for silly Remains in seat Out of seat reason - disrupts instruction Sharpens pencil at beginning of Sharpens pencil during Asks to sharpen pencil during class instruction instruction Uses correct heading on all No heading on paper Heading on paper but incorrect papers Paper handed in is sloppy and Paper is sloppy but no ragged edges Papers are neat and legible has ragged edges Paper handed up slowly with Papers handed in to front Paper handed in after all the talking quietly rest Behavior to guest teacher is OK at Guest teacher is treated with Rude behavior to guest first, then rude respect teacher TRANSITIONS/UNEXPECTED VISITOR 1. Remain quiet. 2. Face forward. 3. Remain seated. 4. Wait for further instructions if transition. 5. Continue working independently when visitor enters. Positive Negative Almost-But Not Quite Face forward Turned around in seat Face Sideways Focus on instructions Not focus on instructions Losing focus/distracted and/or assignment and/or assignment Whispering No talking Talking Moving around in seat No fidgeting Fidgeting Remain seated Out of seat INDEPENDENT WORK/TAKING TESTS 1. Remain on task. 2. Work quietly. 3. Remain in working area (i.e. at desk or assigned area). 4. Raise hand if having difficulty with assignment. 5. When done with work, find another activity and work silently until everyone is finished. Positive Negative Almost-But Not Quite Staying on task. Working on other work Not remaining on task Working quietly on Talking and making Quietly talking when assignments noises assignment is complete Stay at assigned area Out of assigned area Moving out of assigned area or in seat quietly Waits with hand up for Yelling out for help help Asking others when having Disrupting and difficulty with assignment No noises - busy at all distracting other students times Tapping pencil MAKE-UP WORK/LATE WORK 1. Check the "While You Were Gone" folders when absent. 2. If they are empty, raise hand properly to ask teacher what was missed after attendance is taken. 3. Understand that late work is given 70% credit of grade earned on assignment. 4. If necessary, check your agenda, Week at a Glance or call a classmate for clarification of assignments. 5. Understand it is the student's responsibility to get all notes when absent. 6. Be prepared to take make-up tests when you return - the longer you wait- the more is forgotten. If you are unable to take a make-up test upon return, a parent must call or email to make other arrangements. 7. May need to arrange extra help with teacher if absent or not understanding material. 8. Random absences do not affect due dates of long term assignments. Positive Negative Almost-But Not Quite Check folders upon return Not checking folders Checking folders eventually Copy missed notes Not being responsible to Taking notes right before quiz get missing notes Ask for clarification from classmate and/or teacher Not asking questions Asking questions and needing when not sure or having extra help when it is too late to Arrange for extra help if parent make special make arrangements. needed arrangements, if necessary Be responsible to make up Making work up, but it is late work in timely manner Not arranging for help and receives 70% credit. Handing in all work on Not making work up time Handing some work in late for Not handing in work 70% credit Checking agenda or Week Never checking agenda Checking agenda or Week at a at a Glance regularly or Week at a Glance Glance once in a while ENDING CLASS 1. Remain on task until teacher signals time to pack up. 2. Put all books and materials away quietly. 3. Raise hand to ask questions on material or homework assignment. 4. Remain seated until teacher dismisses - NOT BELL! Positive Negative Almost-But Not Quite Staying on task until teacher Packing up before signal is Packing up slowly and leaving gives signal to pack up given materials behind Books and materials are put Talking while packing up - Whispering while packing up away silently book left on desk Asking a classmate a question about Hand is raised with a question Yelling out a question the assignment Staying in seat until teacher dismisses Leaving when the bell rings Fidgeting when the bell rings In order to provide all students with a proper learning environment, it may be necessary to invoke the following consequences for students who are refocused repeatedly for the same offense: Parent conference ISI time-out Referral to grade level administrator Social Studies Grading Criteria Tests - 50% (Retests are not given - students are expected to study the first time) Other Assessments - 20% Classwork - 20% Homework - 10% There is no extra credit - if students complete what is expected in the classroom, there will be no need. First and second quarter for students in the D and F range may qualify for alternative assignments. None are given for the second half of the year in preparation for 8th grade. DO NOT THROW NOTES AWAY - THEY WILL BE NEEDED FOR MID- TERM AND FINAL EXAMS!!!!!! Grade Descriptors A (100-90) - superior understanding of subject and consistently completes all work on time B (89-80) - significant understanding of subject and generally completes all work on time. C (79-70) - satisfactory understanding of subject and completes most work on time. D (69-60) - limited understanding of subject and generally does not complete most work on time. F (59 and below) - very little or no understanding of subject and does not complete most work on time. Classroom Expectations /Teach - To's Team 7C The goal behind teaching classroom expectations is to explain and demonstrate the rules and routines that reinforce the skills that every student must have in order to be a successful learner and allow the teacher to be a fair disciplinarian. These rules and routines are called Teach- To's and they eliminate repeated warnings and multiple requests to maximize learning for all students. The steps are as follows: 1. The classroom expectations are taught during the first weeks of school. 2. When a student misbehaves, the teacher asks three questions: Am I able to teach? Are the other students able to learn? Is the misbehaving student able to learn? 3. If the teacher cannot answer "yes" to all three questions, a start-up request is given. 4. If the behavior stops, the student will be reinforced with a positive acknowledgement. 5. If the behavior continues, noncompliance is exhibited and the student will be refocused to another classroom. 6. During the refocus (which usually should not last more than 5-7 minutes), the student will fill out the refocus form, calm down, and wait for the buddy teacher to allow them to return to class. 7. The student is then welcomed back to the classroom to continue learning by the teacher. Homework Expectations Team 7C has approximately 60 minutes for regular education students and 90 minutes for those in advanced classes per night of homework. This includes studying. It is our objective to teach students time management to prepare them for the future. Learning to study a small amount of material each night or breaking assignments up into manageable sections, rather than doing the entire assignment the night before it is due, is the ultimate goal. Each Monday all teachers assign the work for the week, and the students copy the assignments in their agenda. This helps them to plan their time for the upcoming week. Attendance For a student to be successful, regular attendance is important. If a student is absent, Homework Hotline (783-1646) is a great tool to keep current. Please allow teachers 24 hours to process requests to be picked up. For extended absences students should plan to stay for tutoring upon their return. Each teacher is available one day per week to provide extra help or make-up work. Tutoring days are as follows: Monday - Mr. Burkhart (science, 7th grade math, and Algebra) Tuesday - Mrs. Washington (language arts and reading) Wednesday - Mrs. Frietze (7th grade math and Spanish) Thursday - Mrs. Anderson (social studies and advanced language arts and reading.