Why Rules • Rules are expectations of appropriate behavior. • Because I care about each of YOU, I will not allow you to do anything that will interfere with your success in this class. • Because I care about ALL of you, I will not allow you to do anything to interfere with someone else who is trying to learn.
Why Rules 4. Nor will I allow you to interfere with MY desire to teach you. 5. So that YOU can learn, so that WE can learn, and so that I can teach, I have a set of rules to ensure we will have a safe and orderly classroom.
New Rules Replacing the Old • 1. Respect the personal space and belongings of others. • 2. Don’t verbally abuse others. • 3. Come prepared and on time for class. • 4. Follow the teacher’s instructions • 5. Don’t interrupt other students from learning.
Rule 1Respect the personal space and belongings of others. This means: • Keeping hands and all other body parts to oneself. No unwanted hitting or touching. • No throwing objects into the space of others. Since the classroom is my space, there’s no throwing of objects in general. • No destruction of the property of others – including the school’s.
Rule 2Don’t verbally abuse others. • This means: • No belittling other students, which includes not pointing out the errors of others with the aim of being mean or spiteful. • No name calling. • No cursing. Keep the air free of filthy language.
Rule 3Come prepared and on time for class. • This means: • Have your binder and materials with you when you come to class. • Be seated and working when the bell rings.
Rule 4Follow the teacher’s instructions. • This means: • You comply with all instructions and requests from the teacher. • You pay attention while the teacher is instructing and/or addressing the class.
Rule 5Don’t interrupt other students from learning. • This means: • No talking while the teacher is instructing or during quite work times. • No horsing around or other disruptive behavior during instruction time or work periods.
Consequences • The two kinds of consequences are REWARDS, which are positive consequences for following rules, and PENALTIES, which are negative consequences for breaking rules. • YOU CHOOSE your own consequences. Choosing to follow the rules results in rewards. Choosing to disobey the rules results in penalties.
Rewards • Learning – Learning is its own reward. Knowledge is power and should be valued. • A Pleasant Class Atmosphere – When people follow the rules, class is more enjoyable for all. • Better Grades – Since following the rules facilitates learning, it will also help you get good grades and eventually the job you want. • Better Seating Arrangements – Every week each class will have the opportunity to earn four check marks to earn a Free Seating Friday.
Penalties – the 3 Step Plan • Step 1. Warning (Blue) – You will silently be issued a blue colored card with the number of the rule you have broken. • Step 2. Parental Involvement (Yellow) – You will silently be issued a yellow card with the rule you have broken. On the back of your card there will be a note for you to attend detention where you will write a plan for overcoming your behavior problem. • Step 3. Office Referral (Red) – the final step is office referral (ISS), which will be issued as a red card and which may be immediate (straight to the office) or at the administrator’s convenience .
Warning on Penalties • Depending on the severity of the offence, one or more steps may be skipped.
Raising Responsibility Democracy – self disciplined, kind to others, and does what is right just because it is right. Cooperation – Listens, practices, and cooperates. Bossing – Bosses others, bothers others, bullies others. Anarchy – Noisy, out of control, unsafe. Highest Lowest
Questions of Responsibility • What level of responsibility is this class at? • What level of responsibility are you at personally? • What level of responsibility would you like to see yourself and this class at?
Vocabulary Review Since you have a Vocabulary Quiz tomorrow, pull out your vocabulary words. * Remember that five of the thirty questions will be over words from previous units (in this case, Unit 1). * Remember also that doing your vocabulary exercises will earn you three bonus points on your quiz!
Vocabulary Review • Do you remember the word pictures you made for your vocabulary words? As we go through the words one by one, raise your hand to share what you remember from our vocabulary game from the Friday before last. • Pull out the sentences you wrote for each vocabulary word for your Bellringer and consider sharing these with the class.
Procedures and Routines A procedure is simply a process for getting things done. Our procedures include: • Beginning class • Getting the teacher’s attention • Going to the bathroom • Passing in Papers • Finishing class
Beginning Class 1. Go to your desk and sit down before the bell rings. 2. Look at the projector screen to do your Bellringer, read any notifications, and start on any work assigned as an opening activity. 3. Work silently until the teacher gives further instructions.
Getting the Teacher’s Attention We will now use the three finger system: • A raised hand with 1 finger up means the student wishes to speak. • A raised hand with 2 fingers up means the student wishes to leave his or her seat. • A raised hand with 3 fingers up means a student requires the teacher’s help.
Using the Restroom • Raise your hand with two fingers up, indicating that you wish to leave your seat. • Go to the teacher’s desk and pick up the bathroom pass for your gender (blue for boys and pink for girls). If it is not there, you will have to wait for it to be returned. • Leave the classroom silently. • Upon returning to the classroom, place the pass back on the teacher’s desk and sit down.
Passing in Papers or Materials • Pass papers across rather than forward toward the teacher’s desk. • Students on the side row then pass papers forward to be collected and turned in.
Leaving Class • Continue working until being dismissed when the teacher says, “Have a great day!” • Collect your things and put your text book in its appropriate place (12th graders put books under desks while 9th graders stack books at the front of the classroom). • Leave the classroom and head towardyour next destination.