Overall Behavior Expectations
1. Do your best.
2. Be an effective student.
3. Help others learn.
4. No put downs.
Overall Class Time Procedures
1. Sit in your assigned seat. Be there when the bell rings. We'll start class right away.
2. You may use your electronic music player during individual work time, but not during direct instruction or group work time. If you are listening when you're not supposed to be, Ms. Ringelspaugh and Mr. Palmer will take your device and turn it into the office.
3. Put your cell phone away. We don't want to hear it or see it. If you are using it when you're not supposed to be, Ms. Ringelspaugh and Mr. Palmer will take your device and turn it into the office.
4. Come to class prepared. Check out what that means here.
5. We work all the way until the bell. Do not pack up early. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. The bell is your signal to pack up. Mr. Palmer and Ms. Ringelspaugh will ask you to keep working if you pack up early.
Direct Instruction Procedures
1. Please do not talk to your classmates, friends, or even yourself. You don't want to distract other people.
2. If Ms. Ringelspaugh and Mr. Palmer write it on the board, you should probably write it down, too.
3. Of course, we won't write everything down on the board; you'll have to listen to what we say and take down the key ideas that will help you later.
4. At the end of direct instruction, we'll ask you to reflect, summarize, or otherwise process what we've learned. Make sure to do well on this; it will impact what we do later.
Individual Work Time Procedures
1. Find a place to work away from your friends.
2. Keep working on class tasks and class content the whole time. We'll never give you more time than we think you need. If you're done early, figure out how to go back and do your work better.
3. Stay quiet. Please allow other students to concentrate and learn. In addition, Mr. Palmer and Ms. Ringelspaugh need the quiet in order to concentrate and give you and your classmates important feedback.
Group Work Procedures
1. Find your group. Sometimes we will assign groups and sometimes we will let you pick your group. Sit together.
2. Turn your desks to face each other.
3. Move away from other groups. Claim your own space.
4. Keep group discussion topics to class content.
5. Modulate your volume so that only your group can hear you. Other groups need to concentrate and focus.
6. Take turns talking; let everyone have a voice and a turn.
7. Be encouraging to your group-mates. Ask good questions.
8.. Everybody writes. Everybody takes notes, fills out the graphic organizer, or writes their own answers.
9. At the end of direct instruction, we'll ask you to reflect, summarize, or otherwise process what we've learned. Make sure to do well on this; it will impact what we do later.
Whole Class Discussion Procedures
1. Face the group or the speaker. You may have to turn your desk away from your small group.
2. Keep your head up and be awake.
3. Please do not talk to your classmates, friends, or even yourself. You don't want to distract other people.
4. Please raise hands and wait to be called on to offer your comment to the class.
5. Mr. Palmer and Ms. Ringelspaugh will prioritize hearing from class members who have not yet spoken because we want to hear everyone's thoughts. We'll call on you, too, if you just wait patiently.
Library Work Time Procedures
1. Sign up for a group work space before you leave the classroom. Find a space for yourself or your group away from other people or groups. You wouldn't want to catch other group's cooties or give away your good ideas.
2. Sign in to the library when you get there.
3. If you had a computer yesterday, please let somebody else have a computer today.
4. Even if you've been working individually, make sure to meet with your group at the end of the period to check in and make homework assignments before class ends.
Passes out of Class Procedures
1. One person out on a pass at a time.
2. You may have a pass after the first ten minutes and before the last ten minutes of class.
3. You may have a pass during group or individual work time, but not during direct instruction.
4. First person in the period to ask for a pass has to fill up Ms. Ringelspaugh's water bottle. :)
Turning in Work Procedures
1. Come with your work done at the beginning of class.
2. Please turn in a hard copy of your work and share your work on Google.
3. Copy and paste the appropriate rubric from the American Experience shared folder onto the beginning of your Google Doc.
You Missed Class Procedures
1. Try not to be absent. Try really hard not to be absent.
2. Check the website blog for what the class did while you were gone. Take the notes and read the articles before you come to class so that you're caught up. We'll do our best to upload the class notes, provide internet links to what we're reading, and tell you what to find in the American Experience Shared Google Docs Folder.
3. Ask Ms. Ringelspaugh or Mr. Palmer for help before class starts if there is something you don't understand, would like feedback on, or want clarified.
4. Due dates and quiz dates are the same as if you were here. You know all those dates ahead of time, so you can be ready for them even if you were absent.
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