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					                      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.

				
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