Conduct During Activities and Class Time
At the start of class (before you do anything else), please put your bag on the floor, get your notes and a pen out and ready on your desk. have your homework ready to be checked and, if there is any spare time at the beginning of class) take a moment to review your notes and discuss any questions you have with your classmates. During class, you are expected to record all notes given. Remember that you are expected to know anything that comes up in class –including all words that come up in class. A big part of your course is learning the language of the subject, so terminology is always important.
All students are expected to act responsibility and take an active role in all class activities. You are expected to work on activities during class time and not use it to socialize, sleep, or anything else that is not productive. You need to make sure you are in proper school uniform with your ID visible. Please be careful to not vandalize school property or lean back on your chair, as this can also damage the chairs.
Each student should ask at least one question and answer at least one question every lesson. (This Q and A can be with another student or with the teacher).
You are expected to attend every class.
If you are absent
It is your responsibility to make up all the work you missed. Get all notes and find out what handouts and assignments you missed from a classmate. Ask a classmate to explain notes and assignments. See me if you have any questions about the material and/or assignments. Also, if you miss more than 10% of classes, you risk failing the course.
You are expected to be on time for every class and to begin work immediately after the bell. If you were talking to a teacher and that is why you were late, please get a signed note from them with the date and time on it. Otherwise, tardies will be recorded as either less than five (5) minutes late or more than five (5) minutes late.
You are tardy if you enter the class after the bell has rung.
You expected to be prepared for every lesson (to bring your binder, your notes, your pen and paper, your text book and your readings). Needing to borrow materials (i.e. paper, pen) from other students also means you were not prepared.
Part of being prepared is not needing to leave class. We generally don’t allow students to leave class to go to the bathroom, to their locker or to print out work.
See school rules, as outlined in the Student Handbook.
When Class is Over
Be sure you record the homework given and tuck in your chair before you leave in an orderly manner. Make sure you attempt all parts of any homework assignment. When you do not have assigned homework, take some time to read ahead in your textbook, to review your notes, to work on your mnemonics and consider questions you could ask during the next lesson. Of course, make sure to, not only do the readings, but to also take notes on them.
When you find out about a test, I recommend compiling a summary sheet to help you study. Keep these, along with your pink practice sheets, as they will help you prepare for your exams.
I hope for the very best for you in this course. I consider it a privilege to work with you, as your teacher. You’ll find that I have very high expectations of you. But, if you find I’m asking a lot, that’s only because I think you’re capable of a lot. And, as Seneca said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” I know you’ll have some opportunities to do great things in your life and I want you to be prepared when those moments come up.
Please feel free to speak with me any time about anything. I am a teacher because your success is important to me, so please make sure to seek help when you need it.
Required Materials: You must bring the materials listed below to every class.
- Textbooks and/or assigned readings.
- Two ring binder (specifically for this class) with notes kept in order
- In binder: 50 pages of lined paper for notes/set of dividers (being used)
- Pen or pencil.
Grading Policy: (Specific values for each will be determined.)
- Tests and Exams
- Oral Presentations
- Project/Internal Assessment
- Behavior/Attendance/Participation/Binder Check
- Tests will be given approximately every 2-3 weeks.
- If you miss a test, it is your responsibility to schedule a makeup within a maximum of one (1) week of the original test, at a time specified by the teacher.
- Quizzes will be given approximately every 1-2 weeks.
- Some quizzes might be unannounced to verify students completed assignments.
- Students late to class will not write the missed portion of the quiz.
- Students are expected to record all homework in some sort of diary.
- Students are expected to complete all assigned homework to reinforce concepts.
- Assignments may or may not be graded or checked. Some assignments will be
- checked for completion (this will be done at the beginning of class);
- collected and graded (at beginning);
- verified via quizzes (at beginning)
- Homework incomplete for special reasons require an accompanying letter from a guardian.
- Homework incomplete for no reason means you will need to return to see me. It will also be recorded in a Record of Incomplete/Late Homework form.
- Three (3) of these per term will result in a visit to the Deputy Principal.
- Students will do presentations in class on their assigned days.
- If absent during your presentation, you will need an accompanying letter and you will need to do your presentation on the day you return.
- You will be required to do both individual and group projects.
- Projects will be assigned with extended deadlines, use your time wisely. Late work (that is anything that is not ready to be handed in at the start of class) will be worth no more than a Level 2.
- Group marks will be amalgamated with individual marks.
- All accepted academic codes will be enforced (see Student Handbook). Please pay particular attention to plagiarism and late work earning a maximum of 2.
Note Taking/ Participation/ Behavior
- Note taking is required and all agendas must be recorded with notes.
- Binder checks are marked. Keep all subsequent comment sheets.
- All notes must be kept in your binder in an organized, chronological fashion.
- All notes should be taken in blue or black ink. Diagrams can be in pencil.
- Each member of class is expected to participate in every class.
Note: There will be no individual extra credit projects given to students toward the end of marking periods to raise their grade.
General Behavior Expectations: The “3 R’s”
Respect- teacher (by raising your hand to speak), students’ feelings (amongst other things not speaking when they are), property and class materials.
Rights- students have the right to feel happy, safe, learn, and be heard.
Act Like A Student- come to class on time, prepared and ready to learn. So please: no cells, food, sunglasses, hats, or applying makeup.
Look Like A Student - in proper school uniform worn smartly.
Put in your best effort