Policies and Procedures

Policies and procedures help our classroom run smoothly. We will discuss the policies and practice the procedures to ensure that everyone knows what is expected in each situation. Please review the classroom policies and procedures.

Supplies:

It is essential that each student comes prepared to each class. As a high school student, your teacher expects you to bring all necessary supplies to class every day. Recommended supplies for each of my classes are:

  • 1 package of copy paper
  • 1 ½ inch heavy-duty binder
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Two-pocket folder
  • Tab dividers and sheet protectors
  • Plenty of pencils and erasers

If any student has difficulty purchasing any supplies, please let me know. I may be able to help students in need with obtaining certain school supplies.

Entering the Classroom:

  • Students should not enter the classroom unless the teacher is present at the door or in the classroom.
  • Students are not allowed to congregate outside the classroom door before the bell rings.
  • Students should enter the classroom quietly.
  • Once the student enters the classroom, they are not allowed to leave without permission.
  • Students should quickly attend to activities such as sharpening pencils, turning in admission slips, gathering any necessary supplies, etc.
  • Students should not gather and socialize at other student desks.
  • Students should be seated in their assigned seat and begin the warm-up activity.

Warm-Up Activity:

  • The warm-up activity is a valuable instruction tool for review of a previous lesson or introduction for a new lesson.
  • Often, the warm-up activity will be used for a grade.
  • Students are allowed to use their textbooks or notes on warm-up problems unless indicated otherwise.
  • Students should not wait for the teacher or the bell to begin the warm-up activity.

Entering the Classroom after the Tardy Bell Rings:

  • This classroom will follow the school policy concerning tardies; refer to the student handbook.
  • If a student is tardy, they should enter the classroom quietly, sign the “Sign-In” sheet, and join classroom activities with minimal distraction to the rest of the class.
  • If a student is tardy because they were held in another class with a teacher, they should bring a note from that teacher.

Large Group & Instruction:

  • Students should do nothing that would interfere with the learning process for themselves or classmates.
  • At no time should students be talking while the teacher is talking.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to participate in class discussions and activities.
  • Student should raise their hand to be called on during normal classroom discussions.
  • Questions and comments should only be subject related.
  • Students should remain in their seat unless given permission to leave their desk.

Partner and Group Work:

  • One of the most successful ways for students to learn is through interaction with their peers. Therefore, partner and group work in class is very important and should not be viewed as an opportunity to “just socialize”.
  • Partner and group work is teamwork, meaning all members should work together.
  • Each student is responsible for his or her own work.
  • Students should listen to and respect other group members’ view and ideas.
  • If a student disagrees with another group member’s views and ideas, disagree politely and give reasons why.
  • Students should remain with their assigned group unless given other instruction by the teacher.

Leaving the Classroom during Class:

  • Students are encouraged to take care of bathroom, office, and other business during breaks and between classes.
  • If a student must leave the classroom during class, they should sign the “Sign Out” sheet before they leave.
  • Regardless of the reason why a student must leave the classroom during class, the student is still responsible for notes and assignments given during that time.
  • Time spent in class can never fully be replaced by a set of notes therefore students should be present in class if at all possible.

Student Binder:

  • Organization
    • Rules, Policies, and Procedures Handout: materials should be placed in sheet protectors in the front of the binder.
    • Warm-Ups Tab Divider: warm-up sheets are usually kept in a folder in the classroom.
    • Notes Tab Divider: a log of lesson objectives, vocabulary, and examples covered each day.
    • Assignments Tab Divider: classwork and homework problems.
    • Handouts Tab Divider: Reference materials should be placed in sheet protectors.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to take daily notes.
  • Student binders may be evaluated at the end of each nine-weeks for an extra-credit grade.
  • If the binder and notes do not pass inspection by the teacher, extra credit will not be awarded.
  • Daily notes should be prepared with the lesson title, page number, the student’s name and the date at the top of the page with lesson vocabulary, sample problems, and other notes written below.

Practice Assignments:

  • To succeed in mathematics, it is important to practice the skills covered in class. Students will be assigned practice problems most days and students are strongly encouraged to attempt these assignments.
  • Students will be given the opportunity to ask questions about practice problems with which they have difficulty.
  • Practice assignment and lesson check quizzes are given during each nine-weeks grading period.
  • To receive full credit, the problems must be worked out on paper. Final answers only are not sufficient.
  • Papers should be formatted with the subject, assignment information, the student’s name and the date at the top of the page.

Absence and Make-Up Assignments:

  • This class will follow school policy concerning make-up assignments; refer to the student handbook.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to determine what assignments were missed due to their absence.
  • When a student returns from being absent, they should check the make-up folders for handouts that may have been missed. Practice assignments will be written in the assignment location and online. Class notes may be copied from a classmate.
  • If a missed assignment was one in which the student had knowledge of prior to the absence, the assignment due date does not change.

Late and Missing Assignments:

  • Students are strongly encouraged to turn all assignments in on time.
  • Late assignments will be recorded in the electronic grade book as an NG, which averages as a zero.
  • When a late assignment is turned into the teacher and graded, the NG will be replaced with the appropriate grade.
  • The teacher reserves the right to deduct 11 points for each day an assignment is late.
  • Late assignments will be accepted any time during the grading period until the week before exams with a deduction of up to 50 points.

Extra-Credit Assignments:

  • No individual extra-credit assignments will be given.
  • Binder Inspection – Optional; due at the end of each nine-week grading period for a test grade.
  • Website Assignments – Optional; due test day and must be over the lessons covered on that test.

Grades:

  • One of the goals of our class is for the student to be successful with the material presented. In an effort to assist students in their attempt for success, any student who makes a test grade below 70 will be given the opportunity to receive additional instruction and practice assignments for that material. The student may then correct missed problems for half credit to bring their grade up to 70. If the student refuses the additional instruction or practice assignments, the original grade will remain.
  • Refer to the student handbook for additional grade policies.

Announcements:

When announcements are being made over the intercom system, there should be absolutely no talking.

Visitors to the Classroom:

  • When a visitor to the classroom, students continue working quietly.
  • Do not speak to a visitor unless given permission to by the teacher.

Safety Drills:

  • Safety drill information is posted in each classroom.
  • Students should behave during safety drills as if they were the true emergency.

Turning in Assignments:

  • When the teacher asks for students to turn in an assignment, they should be placed in the assignment basket.
  • Assignments should not be placed on the teacher’s desk.

End of Class:

  • Students will turn in all work requested by the teacher.
  • Students will take note of any assigned practice problems to be completed outside of class.
  • Students will return class materials to their designated place.
  • Students will make sure their desk area is neat and free of litter.
  • The teacher dismisses the class, not the bell or clock.
  • No student shall leave class until given permission to do so.