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Procedures and info for Mr Stewart's classroom by Mind Map: Procedures and info for
Mr Stewart
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Procedures and info for Mr Stewart's classroom

Handling papers/ assignments

Heading and titling your papers

In the left, top corner, Your name, Your CLASS ID, At the top LEFT corner of the page, Papers are easier to sort when these is on the left.

In the top margin, The assignment title

A staple if appropriate, The appropriate time to staple your papers is when you enter the classroom, not when I ask you to pass them in. Unstapled papers will go into the "No Name" tray for you to staple and turn back in.

Incorrect/incomplete formatting, Papers that are not formatted correctly may be placed in the "No Name" tray to be fixed and turned in again with correct formatting. It is your responsibility to check the "No Name" tray.

Handouts

Check table, I will, at times, place handouts we will use that day on the table on the rug as you come in.

During class, Receive stack from you LEFT, Take one, Pass stack to your RIGHT, We use left-to-right passing because it cuts out the frustration of having to turn around and get the attention of the person behind you so that you can get on with your life. If the person to your right is not paying attention then just put the handouts on their desk and your part is done.

Stapling your papers

When, As you enter the classroom, It is a common misconception that a great time to staple homework together is when it is being handed in. This is not so. It turns out that a mass exodus of students from their seats, taking far too long to do something that only takes a second and wasting several minutes of class time is not the best way to do this. If you wait until turn in time to staple your papers, your papers won't get stapled and the assignment will be placed in the "No Name" tray for you to staple and turn back in.

Where, Near the door, next to the turn-in trays

Turning in assignments

Turn-in tray, If I ask you to turn in assignments here I would like you to..., Wait, Fight the urge to jump up whenever you feel like it and run to the turn-in tray. I will indicate when I'm ready for you to do so., Don't crowd, There is only one tray and many of you, please be patient and give others space, Turn it in

As a class, all at once, First be sure that your name, ID, the due date, and the title of the assignment are on your paper and are legible., Next, if there are any papers on your desk that have been passed to you by others (from your RIGHT), put them with your own papers. Please do your best to make sure all papers are faced the same direction., Place all papers on the desk of the person to your LEFT., In most classes the procedure is to pass your paper to the person in front of you, they do the same and so on. This is problematic because you almost invariably find yourself getting the person's attention who is front of you, hitting them in the back of the head ans so on. In this class, instead of passing papers toward the back of a person's body, we will pass papers to the side of a person's body.

Turning in homework, At the appropriate time you will follow the procedure for passing things in to me as a class, all at once., The Pink slip, If for any reason you do not have the assignment with you that is due that day, please fill out and turn in a pink slip. Even if you were absent the day it was assigned because you had a terrible flu and you nearly died, still, please turn in a pink slip., Grab pink slip, When, Immediately, as you enter class, As you enter the room, you know whether or not you have your homework. Please do not wait until it is time to turn in homework to get a pink slip. It simply wastes time for me to see that you have not turned in homework, ask you to get a slip, and for everyone to wait on you to fill it out., Where, On the shelf to the right of the door., In the back, next to the printer, Fill it out, Write your name, class ID, date, and name of missing assignment., There are common reasons for missing assignments you can check. If you feel the need to explain otherwise, please do so., Submit in lieu of homework, "In lieu" means instead. Turn in the pink slip just as you would your homework.

Turning in late work/ make-up work, Late, If the work you're turning in is late, please write "LATE" at the top and place it in the turn in tray for your subject at the back of the room., Make-up, Please write "ABSENT" at the top of the paper and place it in the turn in tray.

Turning in tests, Check your work, It is incredibly important to check your work. You will likely find and correct simple errors that would have cost you points. If you have the time, just look over the test and see what you can see., Check front page, Make sure you name, ID, and the date are correct., Please don't crowd, You all know the feeling. You've checked and rechecked your work, hoping to catch any mistakes. You've thought good thoughts. You've even gone so far in the days before the test as to make sure you've eaten all your veggies, just for good measure. And with a final kiss at the top of your test for good luck you get up to turn it in, but you can't find that urge to give it one more last-second once over. As people wrestle with all this, please give them some room., I should also mention that a bunch of people standing in one place, holding tests in their hands does look awfully suspicious. Don't invite undue scrutiny., Place test in box, There will be a box in the "turn-in" tray where test will be turned in. Please follow the example test on the front of the box when turning in your test. It saves more time than you might think when I don't have to go through the tests to make sure they are facing the same direction, and I use this time to bake you cookies and buy you presents*., *Cookies and presents may be imaginary., Remain silent, Please, out of respect for those still taking the test, remain silent and allow everyone to take the test in same environment. A student shouldn't feel added anxiety because others are talking and making it difficult to concentrate. Thank you.

Other, "In the tray" and "all at once" are the two procedures we will use to hand in assignments. At times I will indicate to you which I would like to use at the moment.

Late/ make-up work

Late work, Late work will be worth half credit for each class day (you have class with me every other day) it is late. With one exception., Late passes, 3 per semester, How it works, A late pass allows you to turn in an assignment one class day past the due date without penalty. In essence, one late pass pushes back the due date one class day. If you wish you can use more than one at a time., Write "late pass" at the top of the assignment, Turn it in to the tray for your section at the back of the room under the printer shelf.

Make-up work, A past absence, Your absence is unexcused, No make-up is available., Your absence is excused, You were absent the day it was assigned, Get the assignment ASAP, It is your responsibility to find out what you missed the day after your absence., Due in 2 class days, two class days after your absence gives you time to get the assignment, seek help if needed, and get it turned in., You were absent the day it was due, Turn it in the next time you are in this class, A future absence, You will be absent the day it is assigned, Check the website for the assignment., It is your responsibility to get the assignment ahead of time if you know you will miss class. I will often refer you to the website, Turn it in to the tray for your class at the back of the room next time you have my class., You will be absent the day it is due, Turn it in on time or the next time you have my class.

Receiving past assignments

Check the homework trays, There are six trays in the back of the room, on the shelf, just below the printer. Your period's tray will be labeled. I will put homework in those trays in a pile with the most recent assignments on top., I can't hold on to your homework forever. Once the tray is full to the point that I need to make more room I will take the older half of the stack and put it in the recycling.

Make-up tests

Schedule a time with me ., You can talk directly to me or use the appointment sheet.

A make-up test must be taken all at once with few exceptions.., This means being sure that you can be here for an hour and a half if you want the maximum time allowable. It is your responsibility to make sure you do not have conflicting appointments and that you won't run out of time. You will not be able to continue the test at another time.

Make-up tests must be taken in this room, with few exceptions., There may be occasions when I have you take a test in another teacher's room.

The basics of a day

Entering the room

I will greet you at the door before class begins. Please say hello and enter..., Quietly, Please finish loud, hallway conversations in the hallway before entering. Thank you, Respectfully, Please try to outdo each other in the arts of politeness. Thank you, Preparedly, With Materials, Book, The one for this class, Paper, For taking notes and completing assignments., Pen or pencil, that works/ is sharpened, Calculator, If you own one, Homework, Completed and formatted correctly., Stapled, Now, and not when turning them in, is the time for stapling papers together. Please do not distract the class and waste time by stapling papers during class when you could have stapled them now, as you entered, with the stapler by the door., Staple refills should be near the stapler, please let me know if they are not., Take a pink slip if necessary, Please, as you enter, and not when it is time to turn in homework, take a pink slip if you for any reason do not have your homework., The Pink slip, If for any reason you do not have the assignment with you that is due that day, please fill out and turn in a pink slip. Even if you were absent the day it was assigned because you had a terrible flu and you nearly died, still, please turn in a pink slip., Grab pink slip, When, Immediately, as you enter class, As you enter the room, you know whether or not you have your homework. Please do not wait until it is time to turn in homework to get a pink slip. It simply wastes time for me to see that you have not turned in homework, ask you to get a slip, and for everyone to wait on you to fill it out., Where, On the shelf to the right of the door., In the back, next to the printer, Fill it out, Write your name, class ID, date, and name of missing assignment., There are common reasons for missing assignments you can check. If you feel the need to explain otherwise, please do so., Submit in lieu of homework, "In lieu" means instead. Turn in the pink slip just as you would your homework., Agenda or Planner, For recording homework assignments., An agenda is also required to use as a hall pass to enter the hall., Ready for discussion, A quality learning experience is driven by your asking questions and getting them answered. Please ask any questions you have and be sure to get any confusion cleared up., Having already used the bathroom if needed., No one will be excused to go to the bathroom withing the first ten to fifteen minutes of class., Please use the bathroom during our luxuriously lengthy passing periods within our quaint, compact campus. This may take a little planning. If you come to my room from German, and it would take too long to go to your locker, put away your German stuff, get you math stuff, go to the bathroom, and make it here on time, you may need to take you math stuff with you to German and not make a stop at your locker between classes., Observantly, Check the tray, Check the handout tray in case there are any handouts I have prepared for the day's class. Help friends if they seems to have forgotten this., Check ELOs, Expected Learner Outcomes: On the far-left board you will find a list of things you can expect to learn in the day's class., Please do not ask "what are we doing to day?", I prefer not to answer this question multiple times per day., If you ask this question I simply will not respond., Check projector, There will most likely be a short quiz there covering the homework material. Otherwise there will be some other short assignment.

Starting class

I will not start class, you start class, This is your class, this is where you learn math. You have the greatest influence over how beneficial your experience here is. Start class in a timely, orderly way, the more time we have and the more relaxed the environment in which to learn, practice, and master the awesomeness that is math.

Begin grading homework, The answers to the homework problems will be on the Promethean board each day.

Prepare for homework Q&A, At the same time you are checking homework,please make a note of problems you had particular difficulty with and would like me to address.

Participate in discussion, After a few minutes, we will then start to go over the problems students had trouble with. Follow along, ask more questions, participate, and offer assistance to others., *I am trying to give you an indication of what kind of pace you should have when it comes time for the test.

Hand in homework

Take a quiz, We will most often take a quiz after homework questions have been answered. At the end of the quiz I will ask you to indicate on a 1-5 scale how confident you are solving the quiz problems., After lecture, during individual work time (provided we have enough time), using your indicated confidence level, I will walk around to offer help to anyone who may need to spend some more time on the quiz material.

Ending class

Two-minute warning, We will begin to wrap things up at about two minutes before the bell. If I've not said anything and you believe I've lost track of time, please give me a discrete gesture that the time is approaching, but don't break consentration. I will acknowledge you and have the class begin clean up or (occasionally) we may push right up to the bell.

Wait for the OK., Please wait until I say to begin putting things away and shuffling papers. It's distracting and I may need just those few more moments to speak to the class without distraction.

Clean up, Straighten desks, The desks in the front can be lined up with the blue tape and the desks behind can be lined up directly behind the front one., Pick up trash, And throw it away, Or you can take it home, Return borrowed items, If you have borrowed something from me, please return it at this time., Pencil/pen, Calculator, Book, Pack up, Put your things in your bag, Make sure you have written down the homework., Return to your assigned seat, Your assigned seat

Moment of silence, Please let me know that you have cleaned up and that you are ready for me to make sure everything is in order by sitting quietly in your assigned seats.

Wait to be excused, Once I have checked to see the desks are straight, there is no trash or messes, borrowed items have been returned, and the bell has rung, I will dismiss you to your next appointment.

Have a good day

F.A.Q.

Can we...

use cell phones?, No cell phones, No phone calls, No texting, Not even if it's your mom, Not even if it's the president, Not even if it's your boyfriend, I'm not going to try and play Gotcha. If I see you texting, I will likely take your phone and return it to you after school or perhaps give it to the office for your parents to claim. The simple truth is that if you are text, you are at least distracting yourself if not others from learning. Distraction from learning is what I don't want.

use iPods (or other music players)?, Music players are acceptable in nearly all non-lecture settings (at a reasonable volume)., This means that music players are put away, earphones are not in your ears, and music is not playing while I am talking., Special conditions apply for quiz and test settings., I recognize that many people find music helps them to relax and (unlike myself) focus. I also realize however that the opportunities for using ipod-like devices to cheat are numerous. If you would like to listen to music during tests or quizzes you can. The procedure for using music players in such a setting is outlined in the node below., Music players need to..., be stowed out of sight and not on your person., You can put it in your backpack, then zip up that back pack. You can make a pouch that hangs from your desk. You can zip it up in a pencil pouch. Whatever you choose to do, the goal is to make it obvious to me (and to anyone else who might walk into the room) that there is no way you can see or otherwise access your music player., You cannot put it in your pants pocket, your sweatshirt, your lap, or anywhere else on your person., remain untouched, That means no touching. Not to change songs, not to change volume, not to remind yourself of who sings the song that just came on. This will require some forethought on your part, but I'm sure that if it is important enough to listen to, it's important enough to make a playlist that is long enough and filled with just the right music for test taking., If you use iTunes, research "smart playlists." A great way to have iTunes automatically add the right music to your test music playlist., If you can download apps, an alternative to music is a white/ambient noise generator.

bring food?, Breakfast is important, Lunch break is often too short, For classes right after breakfast and lunch, please bring food to class rather than not eat or be late trying to wolf it down. Just clean up any messes you might make.

bring drinks?, Water, Juice, Coffee, Soda, Monster, Rock Star, Whatever, Please just clean it if you spill it

What if...

I'm absent?, Make-up work, A past absence, Your absence is unexcused, No make-up is available., Your absence is excused, You were absent the day it was assigned, Get the assignment ASAP, It is your responsibility to find out what you missed the day after your absence. This information can be found on the white board on the left if you come by soon enough. You can also check my website to get any past assignment., Due in 2 class days after absence., two class days after your absence gives you time to get the assignment, seek help if needed, and get it turned in to the make-up work tray by the door., You were absent the day it was due, Turn it in to the make-up work tray by the door by the next time you are in this class, A future absence, You will be absent the day it is assigned, Get it early, It is your responsibility to get the assignment ahead of time if you know you will miss class. I will often refer you to the website, Turn it in to the make-up work tray by the door on time., You will be absent the day it is due, Turn it in to the make-up work on time or THE DAY you get back., It will be very impressive if you turn in your homework the morning of a field trip, or if you have a friend turn it in who is in this class with you. However, this is not always possible since you may be leaving before the due date and getting back afterward. In that case, turn it in the day you get back, even if you do not have class with me that day., Make-up tests and quizzes, Schedule a time with me ., A make-up test must be taken all at once., This means being sure that you can be here for an hour and a half if you want the maximum time allowable. It is your responsibility to make sure you do not have conflicting appointments and that you won't run out of time. You will not be able to continue the test at another time., Make-up tests must be taken in this room.

Why...

...do I have a zero for_________?, Check the "No Name" tray., Are you sure you turned it in? Check the homework return trays, there is a small chance I missed it while entering grades., If it isn't in one of the above two places, then I never got it.

...do I have a __ on my test?, Most likely it is the grade you earned., If I have made a mistake, point it out and I will correct it almost immediately.

Have you seen a...?

Lost and Found, Found items are kept in my desk, but a list of those items is kept on the board. To claim lost items you must give a detailed description to me.

Is there extra credit?

There is an extra credit opportunity right away., Student Teacher Conferences, In an effort to get to know my students better and to open the lines of communication, I would like to meet with each of them individually. I would like to make this a requirement as a grade, but I understand that scheduling is an issue and not everyone may be able to find the time for this before or after school (or other times if need be). Students willing to meet briefly for about ten minutes will earn extra credit.

There will sometimes be EC questions on tests

Other EC projects are available, Details of such project are in the following nodes., There are two elements to the word extra., Outside of (as in extraordinary), It's this concept of "outside of" that escapes most students when thinking about extra credit. Look at the word extraordinary. Does this mean simply more of what is ordinary? No, it means outside of the ordinary. This is what extra credit needs to be. Not merely more of the work you already do (as in additional homework problems) but an assignment outside the curriculum., This can be a report, an experiment, a biography, a proof of one of the millennium problems, or whatever you can think of and get approved. It merely needs be interesting, be math related, and be well done. Propose an idea to me and see what I would expect out of the project. Remember: 2.5% overall increase max 2 projects max/semester Due the Friday BEFORE the end of quarter All other work must be completed All quizzes<65% must be retaken All test corrections must be attempted on any test<90%, In addition to (as in extra money), Say I owed you $100 (which I don't). Then one day I walk by you in the hall, slap a collector coin in your hand, and say "enjoy the extra cash, that rare coin is worth $100," what would you say? Would say "thanks for the extra money, this will really come in handy." Of course not. I haven't given you extra money, just something uncommon in place of the money you were supposed to have. I feel the same way when a student who has skipped many assignments throughout the semester and comes to me at the end and asks "can I do any extra credit?" What's extra about it if the regular stuff is missing?, All of this is to say that extra credit is available only to those who have completed all standard assignments (homework, quizzes, and tests). Only when the normal assignments are in can the extra ones begin. Remember: 2.5% overall increase max 2 projects max/semester Due the Friday BEFORE the end of quarter All other work must be completed All quizzes<65% must be retaken All test corrections must be attempted on any test<90%

Stay tuned for other possible EC quests.

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During class

Being tardy

There are two kinds of tardy..., Not in the room (Big T Tardy), Get a note from the office, Please come in quietly, Put your note in the basket, If your entire body is not in the room when the bell rings then you will need have a note from the office. If you do not have a note, you need to have a note. Even if you have a note from another teacher, you need to get a note from the office., Take your seat, Not in your seat (little t tardy), Be seated as soon as possible., Being merely, physically present in a room is far from being ready to work. Please convey that you are fully prepared to work by being seated., Remain seated, Once you are seated, you are telling me that you are ready to engage in class. If you expect that you will just have to get up right away to borrow a pencil or staple your homework, don't bother sitting down first, just do what you need to do, I will consider you little t tardy either way., Stay after class., Once everyone has left the room, please remain until I excuse you after approximately the amount of time it took for you to seat yourself.

Borrowing materials

Book, Remove either your shoe or..., If you are violently opposed to giving me your shoe, then give me everything valuable that you have with you. Your wallet, phone, keys, purse, everything that would immediately bring back to my room as soon as you realized you didn't have it., Give me your shoe, I will take your shoe as collateral for borrowing a book., I'm not trying to embarrass you. I require a shoe from you because it drastically reduces the likelihood that you will forget to return my book., But hey, that's embarassing, That may be true, but you were issued a book on the first day of class. there is no excuse for not having one and you shouldn't have to borrow one., Receive book, Run this procedure in reverse to retrieve you shoe.

Calculator, During class, Ask for a calculator, Please wait for an opportune time that does not disrupt the class., Sign and date cover, There will be a list taped on the inside of the cover. Please sign it (with your name) and date it., Leave the cover, I will keep the cover so that I know who to come find if you forget to return it., Take the calculator, Return it, A word to the wise, We have a class set of 11. If I have run out of calculators then you are out of luck., Long term, Just talk to me about your need, I realize that not everyone, can or wants to invest in a calculator. I have a limited number of extras that I may be able to loan you long-term, just ask.

Pencil, Get one from the "SHARP" jar by the sharpener.

Turning in assignments

See the node below "During class" labeled "Handling papers/ assignments

Getting my attention/ asking for help.

Three things to never say/ask: I simply will not respond, "I don't get it", I understand the feeling, but saying this tells me absolutely nothing about how I can help you. Walk me through your process so far up to the point where you got stuck., "I'm just not good at math", Until the day I die, I will never say that there are math people and non-math people. Math can be difficult, and it may seem that some pick it up more easily than others, but it is accessible by all who want it. Be patient, stay calm, and give yourself a little more credit., "Why do we have to do this?", Or his cousin "when are we ever gonna use this?" Math is not necessarily a collection of incredibly useful, standalone skills. The short answer to this question many times is "never." You will most likely NEVER complete the square a single time after this class for the rest of your life. This is true of many subjects. The very specific, individual skills involved in a particular class will often never come up again. But this is not the point., Say you went to the gym, and today you are going to work your arms. You sit on a bench, lean down, pick a dumbbell, rest your elbow against your knee, and begin to do 20 reps of curls. Then it hits you, "when are you ever going to use this?" When will you ever, in your "real life" have to sit down in this way and curl a heavy object like this 20 times in a row? Perhaps as many times as you will have to complete the square. But that isn't the point of going to the gym and doing curls is it?

During lecture, For clarification, Raise your hand or say "excuse me, Mr. Stewart" if I don't seem to notice you right away., Please feel free to interrupt me if you need clarification. There is no need to let me keep going while you feel lost and getting loster., For no particular reason, Remain silent, continue to pay or feign attention and act as though the thought of interrupting the class for no good reason never entered your head.

When seeking passage to the bathroom, Please please do not raise your hand and stop me in the middle of lecture to ask "can I go to the bathroom?" There is a better way., Before anything else, please fill out the date, time, and destination in the back of your agenda. If I don't see an agenda you can't go into the halls., Hold up your agenda where I can see it. I may excuse you or ask you to hold on for a minute while I finish a thought or until another student returns., There is one boys' pass and one girls' pass to the bathroom. Take the appropriate pass along with your agenda and... you know the rest.

During individual work time, Check my book, Feel free to come to the front and check your answers in the teacher's edition to make sure you're on the right track., Raise your hand

During a test, Raise your hand, I will get up from time to time and walk around the room during a test. Feel free to flag me down at this time., Come to my desk, I will likely be here during tests. Feel free to walk over quietly and ask for clarification on a question or to point out a possible error/typo., Remain silent, Please do not speak out to ask something like "is this supposed to be a 5 or a 9 on question 2?" This is distracting.

If I'm not in my room, Appointment sheet, If you come by my room and either it is closed or I am not here and you just want to come back at a certain time when I'll be here, write your name on the appointment sheet in the time slot you will be back. When I see your name there I will be sure to to in my room at the time you indicate., My inbox, The bottom of the three trays between the speakers, my inbox is the lifeblood of getting things done. Outside of assignments, if you need me to know about it, please write me a note and put it in the inbox. If you don't want me to know about it, put it anywhere else in the room., This box is useful for communicating with me if you come by and I'm not here. You might find this useful if you have a permission slip or progress report you need me to sign, a question you want to hear back from me about, or an awesome picture you would like me to see.

In the hallway, Just about any greeting which is respectful will suffice in this situation., Disclaimer: I will feel at liberty to mention work you are missing or impending date of an upcoming test. I am not liable for any feeling of anxiety or your being bummed as a result.

At Gary and Leo's, With your friends, Friends who don't know me, You may feel free to ignore my presence completely and avoid the ridicule of remembering what your math teacher's face looks like outside of school., Friends who do know me, Well then, everybody get in on it. Tap each other on the shoulder, point at me and smile. Whisper to each other "hey, it's Mr. Stewart." Then, once everyone is aware of my presence, all together wave and smile and say with immeasurable jubilation "hey, Mr. Stewart." Then go back to raising your funds or skating your boards or whatever you crazy kids were doing before I brightened up your day., Alone, Go for it. What do you have to lose? Say "hi, Mr. Stewart.", If at this time it is a bit awkward because we have run out of things to talk about, it's OK. Just buy that onion or carton of eggs your mom sent you to the store for and walk away slowly., Be sure to pretend this never happened when you see me in class next.

At the gas station, Pay for some of my gas, They don't pay teachers much you know, In reality, you probably have more discretionary income than I do, what with my wife and babies to feed., It's OK. We'll be fine

In Missoula, If you're not driving a car., For Pete's sake, do everything you can to get my attention. Wave your hands, flap your arms, cry out across the mall food court "hey, hey, HEY, Mr. Stewart, hey." By all means, jump up and down on the sidewalk if you see me driving by in my car., If I don't seem to see you, be sure to tell me you saw me next time you have class., Especially if you saw me driving my car., If you're driving car., If I see your hands, even for a moment, break from the 10 and 2 position; or if you look away from the road ahead of you in the slightest, I will be very disappointed., Or else pull over, get out, and refer to the procedure for "if you're not driving a car."

Beyond Missoula, It's probably best not to even make eye contact in this situation.

In space, If you are aligned with the Federation., Open hailing frequencies and bring me up on the main viewer. I mean come on, let's catch up, what are the chances we would run into each other? IN SPACE?!, If you are not aligned with the Federation., If you are a Romulan Warbird,, and you are cloaked,, just stay cloaked, I'm not in the mood., and you are not cloaked,, then you're not a very good Romulan Warbird., If you are a Ferengi D'Kora starship, and you're selling something, I don't want any, go away., and you have some sinister plan,, go ahead. I'm sure I'll solve my problems with you in 40 minutes or so.

Getting your attention

My hand raises, If I need to get you attention I will stand in front of the class and raise my hand. I won't make noise or try to talk over you.

You notice, Also, once you notice, please bring it to the attention of others who may not be able to see me or have their heads down. Thank you.

Silence, Please remain silent once you see my hand raised, and wait for my announcement.

Using office supplies

If you should need any of the following...

Paper clip

Three-hole punch

Pencil

Stapler, If what you need to staple is an assignment that is to be turned in that day, please do not wait; staple your assignments as you enter the room, or else they will remain unstapled and will go into the "No Name" tray for you to staple and hand back in.

They are in the back of the room. Please...

Wait for appropriate time, This would be a time other than lecture or when I am otherwise instructing the class.

Use supplies quickly

Return to your seat

Sharpening pencils

dull into "DULL" jar, If the pencil you have dulled is one you have borrowed from me, please deposit it in the jar marked "DULL." Also, if it is your pencil, but you are not terribly, emotionally attached to it, please consider trading your dull pencil for a sharp one. This way, if you accidentally forget to return the pencil there's no harm done since you left yours as a replacement.

sharp from "SHARP" jar

sharpen if you absolutely must, I'd prefer that you just put your dull pencil in the dull jar and take one from the sharp jar. It's less distracting that way.

Going to the bathroom

Please please do not raise your hand and stop me in the middle of lecture to ask "can I go to the bathroom?" There is a better way.

Fill out agenda, Before anything else, please fill out the date, time, and destination in the back of your agenda. If I don't see an agenda you can't go into the halls. Borrow one if you have to.

Hold up agenda, Make your agenda visible to me. I may excuse you or ask you to hold on for a minute while I finish a thought or until another student returns. Then I will sign your agenda and send you on your way.

Finishing your work early

Please consult the list on the left side of the room of productive things to do if you finish your work early.

Leaving class early

Give me notice, If you know ahead of time that you are going to be leaving for an appointment of some kind, please let me know as we greet each other with a handshake at the door.

Signal me, Since you have already let me know that you will be leaving early, just give me a head not or wave or something to let me know that you are headed out the door.

Leave, Go on, leave.

Test Day

Before test day

Study, How this is done is unique to each student. Just be sure to seek a firm grasp of the material and you will do fine.

Prepare questions, You want the most time possible to take the test, so if you want to get a question answered, have it ready so that it can get answered before we have to begin. If you want, you can ask questions before class even starts.

Prepare necessary materials, Pencils/pens, Calculator, Borrow one early if you need one, or else you will be waiting until all the tests are passed out before I get you one.

Pack something to do, There will be no talking, even among people who have finished their tests. Please bring something to do that will help you preserve a peaceful environment for others to finish taking the test.

Get plenty of rest, This requires some strategy. It means that all-nighter cramming sessions are a thing of the past. Sleep and come feeling rested.

I may not greet you

We may be inside the room answering last-minute questions before beginning the test.

Ask questions

If you have a question, don't be bashful, ask it. Even if you think you are the only one with that question, you're not, ask the question.

Put your things fully away

You will have nothing out of your bag but your pencil/pen, calculator, and possibly an iPod.

Take the test quietly

Don't cheat

Please don't give me reason to think you are cheating. Don't look around at others to see if they look puzzled, this just opens you up to scrutiny.

Turn in test

Check your work, It is incredibly important to check your work. You will likely find and correct simple errors that would have cost you points. If you have the time, just look over the test and see what you can see.

Check front page, Make sure you name, ID, and the date are correct.

Please don't crowd, You all know the feeling. You've checked and rechecked your work, hoping to catch any mistakes. You've thought good thoughts. You've even gone so far in the days before the test as to make sure you've eaten all your veggies, just for good measure. And with a final kiss at the top of your test for good luck you get up to turn it in, but you can't find that urge to give it one more last-second once over. As people wrestle with all this, please give them some room., I should also mention that a bunch of people standing in one place, holding tests in their hands does look awfully suspicious. Don't invite undue scrutiny.

Place test in box, There will be a box in the "turn-in" tray where test will be turned in. Please follow the example test on the front of the box when turning in your test. It saves more time than you might think when I don't have to go through the tests to make sure they are facing the same direction, and I use this time to bake you cookies and buy you presents*., *Cookies and presents may be imaginary.

Remain silent

Please, out of respect for those still taking the test, remain silent and allow everyone to take the test in same environment. A student shouldn't feel added anxiety because others are talking and making it difficult to concentrate. Thank you.

Around the room

In the back

The shelf, The printer, At times I may print something out for you. It will come out here., By the printer, Pink slips, If for any reason you do not have the assignment with you that is due that day, please fill out and turn in a pink slip. Even if you were absent the day it was assigned because you had a terrible flu and you nearly died, still, please turn in a pink slip., Grab pink slip, When, Immediately, as you enter class, As you enter the room, you know whether or not you have your homework. Please do not wait until it is time to turn in homework to get a pink slip. It simply wastes time for me to see that you have not turned in homework, ask you to get a slip, and for everyone to wait on you to fill it out., Where, On the shelf to the right of the door., In the back, next to the printer, Fill it out, Write your name, class ID, date, and name of missing assignment., There are common reasons for missing assignments you can check. If you feel the need to explain otherwise, please do so., Submit in lieu of homework, "In lieu" means instead. Turn in the pink slip just as you would your homework., Scratch paper, Scratch paper is available here always, help yourself., Those trays, Homework trays, Your period's tray is labeled. This is where I will return homework to you. The most recent assignments will be on top., "No Name" tray, The tray next to the printer is where you will find your homework if you have incompletely or incorrectly formatted your paper. This includes no name, no class ID, no/incorrect date, no title, and or no staple.

Below the shelf, These are the turn in trays. Please turn in your late or make-up work here, The office supplies, These supplies (paper clips, three-hole punch, and stapler) are reserved for student use., The stapler, In regards to stapling homework that is due that day, the only appropriate time to staple it is as you enter the room, not when I ask you to turn it in.

The chairs, You may use the chairs during individual work time if I have excused you from you seats.

By the door

The pencil sharpener, Take a guess what this is for.

The door, Used for entry and egress to and from the room., Your gateway to knowledge, A portal to enlightenment, A hatch to depths previously unkown, A fissure between the world of your former ignorance and the realm of your future understanding., Are you still reading these?, Appointment sheet, If you come by my room and either it is closed or I am not here and you just want to come back at a certain time when I'll be here, write your name on the appointment sheet in the time slot you will be back. When I see your name there I will be sure to be in my room at the time you indicate.

The shelf, Pink slips, If for any reason you do not have the assignment with you that is due that day, please fill out and turn in a pink slip. Even if you were absent the day it was assigned because you had a terrible flu and you nearly died, still, please turn in a pink slip., Grab pink slip, When, Immediately, as you enter class, As you enter the room, you know whether or not you have your homework. Please do not wait until it is time to turn in homework to get a pink slip. It simply wastes time for me to see that you have not turned in homework, ask you to get a slip, and for everyone to wait on you to fill it out., Where, On the shelf to the right of the door., In the back, next to the printer, Fill it out, Write your name, class ID, date, and name of missing assignment., There are common reasons for missing assignments you can check. If you feel the need to explain otherwise, please do so., Submit in lieu of homework, "In lieu" means instead. Turn in the pink slip just as you would your homework., Scratch paper, Scratch paper is available here always, help yourself., Kleenex, I hope

On the left

The shelf, Pink slips, If for any reason you do not have the assignment with you that is due that day, please fill out and turn in a pink slip. Even if you were absent the day it was assigned because you had a terrible flu and you nearly died, still, please turn in a pink slip., Grab pink slip, When, Immediately, as you enter class, As you enter the room, you know whether or not you have your homework. Please do not wait until it is time to turn in homework to get a pink slip. It simply wastes time for me to see that you have not turned in homework, ask you to get a slip, and for everyone to wait on you to fill it out., Where, On the shelf to the right of the door., In the back, next to the printer, Fill it out, Write your name, class ID, date, and name of missing assignment., There are common reasons for missing assignments you can check. If you feel the need to explain otherwise, please do so., Submit in lieu of homework, "In lieu" means instead. Turn in the pink slip just as you would your homework., Scratch paper, Scratch paper is available here always, help yourself., Kleenex, I hope

Classroom expectations, Please be in your seat and working on the bell work when the bell rings., Please bring necessary materials every day and take them with you when you go., Treat each person in the room with dignity and respect., In this room, we learn. A large number of students come to this place to gain knowledge in the hopes of bettering themselves and their futures. Part of respecting others is respecting this goal. Please don't do anything to detract from this place and time of learning., Follow all directions the first time they are given., Follow all rules and procedures set out by the school and the district.

My desk, My inbox, The bottom of the three trays between the speakers, my inbox is the lifeblood of getting things done. Outside of assignments, if you need me to know about it, please write me a note and put it in the inbox. If you don't want me to know about it, put it anywhere else in the room., This box is useful for communicating with me if you come by and I'm not here. You might find this useful if you have a permission slip or progress report you need me to sign, a question you want to hear back from me about, or an awesome picture you would like me to see., Me, There I am, working tirelessly for you, my beloved students. Please say hello, I'm pretty nice. Just don't look me directly in the eye., My coffee, You no touchie, unless you're getting me some more.

Up front

Left side, ELOs, Expected Learner Outcomes: If you are wondering what we are doing today, you will find it here., Lost and Found, Found items are kept in my desk, but a list of those items is kept on the board. To claim lost items you must give a detailed description to me.

Right side, Check the Promethean board every day at the beginning of class.

On the right

Windows, For looking out of and letting cool air in.

At home/ not in this class

Needing homework help

See me outside of class, Come in before school, after school, or ask me about other times I might be available., Appointment sheets, On a clipboard outside of my door there is a colored sheet with times on it for the week. If you are going to come in before or after school then using this sheet is a great idea., The reasoning behind them, These sheets were developed when I noticed that several students were either coming by when I was out running errands or were coming when it was busy with a lot of students. To avoid these inconveniences I printed out these sheets so that you can put your name down and know that I'll be here for sure and that it's likely it won't be too busy., Can I come in without putting my name down?, Of course. I'll never turn you away just because you didn't put your name on the sheet. But be prepared for the possibility I may either be out of the room or busy with other students., Think of them like dinner reservations.

Online resources, There are a host of online resources. A couple I like are..., Khan Academy, Brain storm

My Videos, An ongoing project of mine is creating videos for my students centered around the texts we use. You can find links to the videos (on YouTube and my blog) on my website.

The blog, The blog is primarily a place for me to post and organize the videos. Other things get posted there from time to time., I can also be contacted quickly and easily by commenting on the blog.

Scribblar, Scribblar is an amazing service. It allows several people to share an online white board and edit it in real time. Not only that, but it also supports chat and voice conferencing. When fully utilized this means that if we are all online at the same time, we could have a virtual classroom where you could see what I write, I can see what each of you write, and we can all hear each other. If you are ever interested in setting up times that several of us can be online at the same time so that I can help you in real time, please let me know.

If all else fails, Work all the problems you can as far as you can. Know where you are getting stuck and what is causing you confusion. Be ready (perhaps even write out a list) of problems that gave you trouble for discussion in the next class.

Contacting me

My email and school phone number/ extension are on my website.

Appointment sheet, If you come by my room and either it is closed or I am not here and you just want to come back at a certain time when I'll be here, write your name on the appointment sheet in the time slot you will be back. When I see your name there I will be sure to to in my room at the time you indicate.

My inbox, The bottom of the three trays between the speakers, my inbox is the lifeblood of getting things done. Outside of assignments, if you need me to know about it, please write me a note and put it in the inbox. If you don't want me to know about it, put it anywhere else in the room., This box is useful for communicating with me if you come by and I'm not here. You might find this useful if you have a permission slip or progress report you need me to sign, a question you want to hear back from me about, or an awesome picture you would like me to see.

Finding the current assignment

You can find the current assignment on the left-most whiteboard.

You can find a list of all assignments on your class's page via my website.