Entering the Classroom:
When students approach the classroom door, they lower their voices and enter the classroom quietly and in an orderly fashion - talking and playing stops.
Starting the Class Period:
Students place their books and drawing papers on their desks and check the board to see what they need in order to complete their Bellwork assignment. They go to the back of the room to retrieve their portfolio/notebook and/or subject folder and ensure that they have the supplies they need prior to returning to their desks. If students need to get tissues, to sharpen pencils or to turn in late work, they do those things before sitting. If students need to ask the teacher a question, they utilize the “Parking Lot”.
Exiting the Classroom:
Students make sure they have their belongings, replace their portfolio/notebook and/or subject folder, then exit the classroom quietly and in an orderly fashion.
Students Getting the Teacher’s Attention:
In order to alleviate confusion, a number of hand signals that have been designed in order for students to nonverbally communicate to the teacher exactly what they want. The hand signals are as follows:
Teacher Getting the Student’s Attention:
The teacher simply raises his hand when he needs the attention of the class.
Handing in Assessments and Quizzes:
After assessments and quizzes, students make sure that their Bonus Bucks are stapled to the top left-hand corner of the test, ensure that all of the questions have been answered, then place their rubric sheets on their tests before passing their tests to the center.
Asking Questions when the Teacher is Explaining Something:
From time to time, when the teacher is explaining an assignment, lesson or activity, students realize that they have questions that need to be answered. Instead of immediately raising their hand or focusing so hard on their question that they miss the rest of the explanation, students write their questions on a sheet of paper. When the teacher concludes the explanation, students look to see if their questions have already been answered. If the questions have not been answered, students raise their hands to get the question taken care of.
Listening to and Responding to Questions during Class Discussions:
Students always listen carefully when someone else is speaking. They give the speaker their undivided attention by keeping their hands free and looking at the speaker. They avoid talking while another person is speaking, and they try not to interrupt the speaker – no matter how long it takes them to “get the question out”. Before answering the question, students summarize what the speaker asked in order to ensure that they have a full understanding of the question. After carefully thinking about their response, students give their answers.
When Students are Tardy:
Students arriving after the instruction is underway quietly reported to their desk and join in the class action. Students speak with the teacher after class in order to receive any work completed before their arrival.
When Students are Absent:
Each day, a list of completed assignments is posted on Google Classroom on the Hub. Upon returning to school, it is the responsibility of the student to check the calendars, then complete and hand in the assignments that were missed. Students are responsible for making an appointment with the teacher in order to have the work explained and to find out if there is any additional work. All work is due the next school day.
Making-up or Re-taking an Assessment:
If students are absent on the day of an assessment, students need to schedule a make-up assessment appointment with the teacher. If students fail an assessment, they may re-take the assessment, and they need to schedule an appointment with the teacher. To schedule an appointment, students write a note on the Parking Lot, including their name, the assessment they need to make-up/ re-take, along with the day, date and time students would like to make-up/re-take that assessment. (For example Mr.Mayne, I would like to come in at 7:45 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, November 17, to re-take the Elements of Art Quiz).
When there is a Visitor or Guest:
If a visitor walks in the classroom, has a seat in the class or is in the room when students arrive, students are to be on their best behavior. They do not entertain the individual or speak to him/her unless instructed to do so.
What to Do after Students have Completed Their Assignment:
If students have completed the work that they were assigned, they double-check their work for improvement. After doing so, students complete any other assignments that are outstanding. If students have completed all of the assignments and there is absolutely nothing else for them to do, they consult the “Things to Do When You’re Done” Chart.