Everyday Procedures in Our Classroom
- We work bell-to-bell. Don't pack up before I give you permission. It is rude and disruptive. I dismiss you, not the bell.
- IDs are required, in every class, every day. This is a district policy and it's not new, so don't act surprised when you are reminded to put your ID on.
- Bring your agenda, binder/folder, paper, pen, any homework assigned, and any novel you're reading for pleasure. Do this every day.
Technology is allowed in the classroom, but is used/accessed at the teacher's discretion. Do not pull technology out when it isn't supposed to be out. If your fingers are "cruising," you will park your tech with me. I like technology, but not when I'm being disrespected.
- If technology is allowed out, have it flat on the desk.
- "Face down" means that the technology should be flipped so that the screen is not visible.
- If technology is being "waved" around my room (not sitting flat on the desk), it will be confiscated.
- The first time a take your technology, you will get it back after class. The second time I have to take your technology, it is going to the office.
- The district offers free Wi-Fi for students, for class use. It is labeled BYOD. This is the Internet access that students are instructed to use in class.
- Students, do not use your personal data plan for class use. While this would be fine if you have an "unlimited" data plan, most students do not have unlimited data usage.
- If you get impatient and use your personal data, please remember that the district is not responsible for your phone/data bill.
- Every day, students are to enter the classroom, and begin the work posted on the board. Bell work varies and can include vocabulary study, spelling and grammar practice, test prep, reading a passage, or writing.
- Bell work is primarily graded as completion, but some practices are turned in for a more formal grade.
- Content included in bell work will be on quizzes and exams, so do not consider bell work "busy" work. I always have a reason for the work done in class, and it is never just to keep students busy.
Student Organization for Pre-AP Freshmen: A Binder and One Folder
- Pre-AP Freshmen will have a three-ring binder with five dividers and 1 two-pocket folder (color/design does not matter).
- Binder Dividers:
- Bell Work: an assortment of brainstorms, activities, writings, etc. that begin class; some of these will be relocated to other tabs, as they become connected to our current units of study or are pulled into practice sessions.
- Current Unit: as we work through a unit, all material will be collected here. As the unit ends, I will let you know what needs to be kept and relocated to another tab, and what can be disposed of.
- Terms/Vocab: vocabulary is continually built upon and never goes away, which means that you will keep everything as a potential study reference.
- Practice: an assortment of grammar and writing practices, some built upon bell work activities and may more stemming from writing workshops and immitating the techniques we observe in texts that we are reading.
- Keepers: Class handouts of any kind, annotated poems/short passages to keep for reference, as well as mentor texts that demonstrate writing styles and techniques to employ in your own writing.
- Writing Folder: Consider this a place to collect your writing. Final drafts will be stapled on top of all of the process work and stored in this folder. The folder will ALWAYS be in the classroom and may be pulled out at any time for students to experiment with, add on to, or reflect upon.
- Students will be responsible for maintaining organization of course materials.
- Instead of collecting notebooks for a grade, I will periodically ask you to pull items from your notebook to submit for a “pop quiz” grade, so it is imperative that you keep your notebook organized and up to day.
Student Organization for AP Seniors: A Binder and Turnitin.com
- AP Seniors will have a three-ring binder with five dividers and turnitin.com for all final drafts.
- Binder Dividers
- Gallimaufry: a confused jumble or medley of things—a place for those things that do not fit in another category. (Syllabus, General Handouts, Vocabulary, etc.)
- Prose: handouts, homework, classwork, quizzes, and tests related to novel units and short stories
- Poetry: handouts, homework, classwork, quizzes, and tests related to poetry
- AP Practice: Style Analysis Practice, AP Multiple-Choice Practice, and any notes or handouts related to the AP Exam
- Writing: any notes or handouts related to writing, any practice AP Prompts, and graded writing.
- Students will be responsible for maintaining organization of course materials.
- Instead of collecting notebooks for a grade, I may periodically ask you to pull items from your notebook to submit for a “pop quiz” grade, so it is imperative that you keep your notebook organized and up to day.
*Arriving on time does not include walking into the classroom, throwing your stuff on your desk, and leaving to 1) go to the bathroom, 2) visit with friends, or 3) do anything else outside of the classroom. If you are not where you belong (in the classroom), you are tardy. Please note, that telling me you are going to the bathroom does not prevent you from being counted as tardy, it just lets me know where you are.
- Tardies are a discipline issue. Students are expected to arrive on time* and should be seated, working on bell work, when the bell rings.
- Being 5 minutes late is considered an absence.
- 2 tardies equal an absence.
- More than ten absences prohibits you from receiving credit for the course, even if you have earned an "A".
- No, you many not go to the bathroom during the first and last ten minutes of class. That's what passing period is for.
- If you have to go to the bathroom during class, make certain you really have to go. Boredom is not a call to the toilet. You will make up class time for fifteen minutes during your lunch time. This is considered lunch detention, so failure to show up is an automatic call home and referral to the principal for defiance.
- I believe that if you do the work, you should get some kind of credit, so I do take late work. However, there is a penalty: students lose ten percent (10%) per late day.
- For example, if an assignment is worth 100 points and is 3 days late, the student will lose 30 points. That means that the student will have to earn a 100 to get 70 points. If the student earns 70 points, he/she will get 40 points.
- With this deduction system, students eventually cannot earn any points.
Students are responsible for finding out what was missed during an absence. There are several ways to get information, making excuses like, "I didn't know I missed that" unacceptable. Need to know what was missed? Here are a few suggestions on how to figure it out:
- Check the crate. I have a system in class for quickly picking up assignments and handouts.
- Check the website. I also post information on my website. Sometimes I overlook something that needs to be added. My apologies for when this happens; I will work quickly to correct any oversights, just let me know.
- Check a classmate. Students should always check with classmates when they return back to class from being sick, out for events, etc.
- Check with the teacher. I should be your last resort. Please check your other resources first. If you need help or have a question, remember to do so outside of class. Come before school, after school, or during lunch. Class time and passing period are not appropriate times to ask about absent/missing/late work.
Questions about grades, assignments, attendance, etc
- I try to allow some time during the week for "class business" but if you need additional time, schedule time before/after school or email me with questions.
- Also, don't forget about Parent/Student Portal; use your resources!
- Class time and passing period are not appropriate times for these discussions.
Eng. I Pre-AP Grade Categories
English III/ American Literature
AP Lit & Comp Grade Categories
| District Scale
| 50% In-class practices/homework
|| 50% In-class practices/homework
|| A 90-100%
| 40% Projects, Essays, Quizzes, Tests
|| 40% Projects, Essays, Quizzes,Tests
|| B 80-89%
| 10% Midterm/Final*
|| 10% Midterm/Final*
|| C 70-79%
| *required by MPS district
|| *required by MPS district
|| D 60-69%
|| F 0-59%