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Welcome to another school year, and congratulations on finally reaching your senior year! While the finish line may be in sight, remember you can't fall down now. Whether your post-high school goals include college, the military, or entering the job market, it is important to finish what you started way back in Kindergarten, and to finish strong. The habits you develop now, for good and bad, can facilitate or hinder your success in the future. Have fun, and don't forget to work hard and learn as much as you can before you walk across that stage in May.If you need to contact me, please email me at: email@example.com, as this is the most efficient way of getting me to respond quickly. You may leave a voice message for me with the secretaries by calling 735-4901. If you just want to stay abreast of what's happening in class, check this website, or text @garn1920 to 81010 for text updates, due dates, and other reminders.
I believe strongly in allowing you as much freedom as you can handle. However, along with freedom comes responsibility, and I expect you to be responsible for yourself. My class rules are simple, and based on societal conventions:
I. Respect yourself and your education
A. Be in class on time
B. Have materials
3. 3-ring binder with blank loose-leaf paper
4. Homework (if applicable)
C. Pay attention, take notes, respond to questions, ask a few. (Participate!)
II. Respect other students and their education
A. No distractions
1. Talking out of turn
2. Rude behavior
3. Cell phones, iPods, PSPs, yada yada yada…
4. Food/drinks (bottled water OK)
5. Inappropriate dress
III. Respect me
A. Raise hand to ask a question or to comment
B. No hall passes during class discussion, first ten minutes of class, or last ten minutes of class
Notice the common element? Participate! Learning is interactive, not passive. It is a process, a journey, not a destination. You will learn more and retain it better when you involve yourself, when you engage your senses. No one can make you learn but you; if you want to sit in the back of the room, glassy-eyed and drooling and completely uninvolved, that is your choice. Heck of a way to waste your time and spend a school year, though. Since we’re all here together for the next nine months, we might as well have fun, so make this year count!
Everything we do results in a consequence. If you follow these guidelines and put some honest effort into your studies, positive consequences will result: better grades, higher self-esteem, closer relationships with others in the class, and true learning. If you choose not to comply with these behavioral guidelines, negative consequences will result. If I can’t reason with you, I will begin a formal, step-based consequence system with you:
- Verbal warning
- Verbal warning and contact parent/ guardian
- Contact parent/guardian plus twenty minutes detention before or after school.
- Office referral for this and each subsequent offense during the semester.
I want you to enjoy this year. I believe English is the most important subject you have, not because I believe you all LOVE English, but because English teaches you how to think, analyze, and communicate in a mature way. Whether you want to be a pediatric neurosurgeon or a ditch digger, you can't get very far without those skills. Consequently, since I think English is so important that everyone ought to do well, I don't want this class to be hard or boring. It should be FUN and CHALLENGING. It's my job to provide the opportunities; it's your job to follow through. I have high expectations for each of you and know you won't let me down. It's also your job to hold me to this; don't let me let you down! Together, we can have a great year.