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Class Handbook - Super Teacher Stuff

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Class Handbook - Super Teacher Stuff

    2003-2004

Teacher’s Name

    School

    Grade

    August 14, 2003

Dear Parents,

    This week begins a brand new school year for all of us! I would like to extend a warm welcome to my new students. As always, the start of a school year holds the promise of new discovery and learning, as well as the prospect of personal growth in all areas.

    I have put together a handbook of information to help you and your child become familiar with my expectations for the school year. Please take a day or two to read through this information, then sign your name on the line below. On Monday, I will check each student's handbook for a signature. In this way, I can be sure that all parents have seen our class handbook. Then you may want to keep the handbook in a special place so that you may refer to it throughout the year. If you need to contact me, my email address is teacher@mail.com. I

    check my email daily and I will respond promptly. If you do not have email, you may call the school and leave a message ().

    I’m looking forward to an exciting year with my class. Thank you for your cooperation in getting this year off to a great start!

Sincerely,

Parent Signature(s)

    : (will be used for class activities)

Please donate any of these itemsEmpty Pringles? Cans

    2 liter soda bottles

    ? pint milk or juice cartons

    Cardboard Tubes (wrapping paper, paper towels, etc.)

    Paper Bags (any sizes)

    Plastic Film Canisters

    Plastic Fishing Worms

    Yarn--any color

    Chopsticks

    Marbles

    Tape Measure

    New or Used Child Books or VHS Videos

    New or Used Card or Board Games

    Bean Bags and Pillows for the Reading Corner

    Tempera Paint (Poster Paints)

    Paint Brushes

    Glitter - any color

    Washable Markers

New or Previously Read Magazines and Newspapers

    Blank audio cassette tapes

    Goggles

    Petri dish

Survey

    Child’s Name ______________________________________________

Mother’s Name ______________________________Father’s Name ______________________________

Home Phone _______________________________________________

Mom’s Work phone ____________________Dad’s Work phone ___________________

Home Email _________________________________Work Email _______________________________

Home address ___________________________________________________________

Child’s allergies/health concerns (if any) ______________________________________

I am available to help with (check as many as applicable):

    ____ Typing newsletters

    ____ Typing children’s work

    ____ Making teacher stuff on home computer (like banners)

    ____ Coming into the classroom to help with students

    ____ Coming into the classroom to do teacher stuff (such as bulletin boards)

    ____ Doing teacher stuff at home (such as cutting or making classbooks)

    ____ Helping with parties

    ____ Providing treats when asked

    ____ Field trips

    ____ Being a classroom parent

    ____ Other ____________________________________ (tell me what you’re good at!)

    ____ Just ask!

When are you available to help in the classroom?

    Monday ___ Morning ____ Afternoon

    Tuesday ___ Morning ____ Afternoon

    Wednesday ___ Morning ____ Afternoon

    Thursday ___ Morning ____ Afternoon

    Friday ___ Morning ____ Afternoon

    ____ irregular schedule, but feel free to call and ask!

Tell me about your child’s strengths/special abilities:

Tell me about your child’s weaknesses/fears:

    What is your child’s favorite subject? Is there any subject your child does not like?

Tell me anything else you think I should know!

     I wholeheartedly believe in cooperative learning in the classroom. I have placed my students in mixed ability groups so that they may help each other during the learning

    process. Research has shown that all students do better when they are allowed to discuss

    and defend their ideas as they learn. Working in small groups also helps students learn

    valuable social skills they will need throughout life.

    Parents are often concerned about grades in the cooperative learning classroom. I want to assure parents that all grades come from individual assignments and

    tests. No student's grade will be raised or lowered based on the performance of others in

    the group. I will move from group to group and put one person on the spot to represent the

    group and explain any part of the assignment already completed. If there is continued

    disruption or lack of participation, the teacher will decide if the person needs to complete

    the assigned project without the help of a group. It is unacceptable to ask to change groups.

    This decision will be for the teacher.

    I want to inform you of my way of communicating with you each week. I send home a weekly progress report each Friday, and I ask that you sign it and return it on Monday. I will

    attach all the graded papers for that week to the form, and on the top of the report I will

    write how many papers are attached. Please remove the papers, read over the comments

    on the progress report, sign it, and return it to school with your child on the due date.

    I will always send home a weekly progress report (or notify you that one will not be sent), so don’t accept any excuses for your child not having a progress report on Friday. If I

    do not receive the form with your signature, I will call you to be

    sure you have seen your child's progress report for the

    previous week.

    The items listed on the form are stated in a positive

    manner. If there are no checkmarks beside any behaviors,

    reward your child for a super week in school. If there are

    checks, please discuss with your child ways of improving

    those behaviors in the future. When we work together, this

    weekly progress report system is extremely effective.

    I believe that homework is necessary for practicing skills that have been learned or for enriching the classroom experience. In many cases, homework is simply

    classwork that was not finished. I try to give ample time in class for the completion of most assignments, but some students work more slowly than others and must finish at home.

    In order to help students get their homework assignments done, students will take home a homework folder each night. They will write their assignments on a chart in the

    folder. After they complete an assignment, they should place it in the ―Completed

    Assignments‖ pocket. I encourage parents to check your child’s homework folder each night.

     (cont.)

    I expect all homework and classwork to be turned in on time. As a general rule, late

    assignments will not be accepted or graded. However, students will have the opportunity to

    earn "homework coupons" throughout the year. A homework coupon can be used in the

    place of an assignment. I encourage students to save their homework coupons in case

    they forget an assignment or have a legitimate situation which prevents them from

    completing their work. Students will not be allowed to call home if they forget their work.

    Organization is the key to success!

     Students will be given a homework grade based on whether or

    not homework is completed. Students who complete all

    homework will receive a "100" to average in with their other

    grades for that subject. Those who do not complete all

    assignments will be graded accordingly. Homework grades will

    count toward the final nine week's grade.

     Students will also be introduced to the game of

    Homeworkopoly! In order for a student to get their chance to

    shake the die and move for the day, he or she must complete

    their homework from the night before. There will be a rotating

     "Game Show Host" to keep check on the board as students move. There are many prizes

    and rewards to be given out!

    Regular school attendance is critical to the learning process. When your child

    is absent, he or she misses valuable instructional time. Please send a written note of

    explanation whenever your child is absent. State law requires us to code each absence as

    excused or unexcused. Excused absences include illness and doctor’s appointments.

    Unexcused absences include out-of-town trips, missing the bus, and family vacations.

    Students are permitted to make up work missed during excused absences. However, some

    activities will be difficult or impossible for students to make up (such as science experiments

    and hands-on math activities). Therefore, your child may be given an alternate assignment.

Toys

    Please keep toys at home (this is school policy) unless it applies to a unit we are

    studying. Lost or broken toys can lead to hurt feelings.

Literature Circles

    Research has shown that the way to become a good reader is to simply READ! With

    this in mind, I have developed a reading program which requires students to read other

    literature in addition to their regular reading textbook. I call this program "Literature Circles"

    because we have small groups of students

Literature Circles (cont.)

reading different novels and each group has a daily or weekly "circle meeting" with me to

    discuss their book. This is an exciting approach to reading, and one that third graders enjoy.

    At the beginning of each session, students are introduced to the literature they will read. We take days or weeks to read the literature depending on the length of the material.

    Students have daily and weekly deadlines to meet which include specific pages and

    assignments.

Accelerated Reader

    The Accelerated Reader program is a reading incentive program. Students read novels from a selected list and then take short computer quizzes to test

    comprehension. Students earn points based on the difficulty of the book and their

    performance on the quiz. An AR Store is offered once every nine weeks to students and

    classes according to the number of points accumulated.

    This year we are going to focus on choosing challenging, high-quality books. Students will be tested at the beginning of the year to find out their approximate reading

    level. This will allow me to recommend books in a particular reading range for each student.

    Students will get a record of their books and test score in a printout after each test.

Weekly Math Drills

    In my experience, students cannot move on to higher level reasoning in mathematics until they master their basic math facts. Our math class will be

    performing weekly drills beginning with basic addition facts. To demonstrate mastery,

    students must correctly perform all problems in 5 minutes or less. We will also drill on

    subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. You can help your child prepare by studying

    with flashcards or using a homemade drill worksheet. You can even call out math facts to

    your child while driving in the car or waiting in the doctor’s office!

    After students master a set of math facts, they are excused from repeating that particular drill. Instead, they are given a different drill involving a different operation (if the rest of the class is still drilling addition, the excused will be drilled on subtraction).

    Students who do not attain mastery after several weeks will be given math drills to perform

    at home with parent supervision.

    Procedures

    ? Entering the Classroom:

    Students are to walk in quietly to enter the classroom. Personal items are to be put away and

    students are to find their desks to begin working independently.

? When You Are Tardy:

    Again, students are to walk in quietly to enter the classroom. Being on time means being in your

    seat when the bell rings. The tardy student should walk by the teacher’s desk and place the tardy

    slip down on their way to put away personal items and find their desks. Remember, students who

    are tardy and/or leave school early cannot earn Perfect Attendance awards.

? Leaving the Classroom:

    When you leave the classroom for any reason, students should pick a red, green, or yellow

    clothespin to clip to their shirt collar to show where they are going.

     Redoffice, cafeteria

     Yellowlibrary, counselor

     Greenbathroom

    When you are asked to go to the office, you should walk quietly in a straight line on the right side of

    the hall while keeping hands, feet and objects to yourself. You should not visit with other friends in

    the hallway, peek into classrooms, stop at the restroom nor interrupt a conversation in the office.

    You are able to get a quick sip of water on your way if the water fountain is located on the path to

    the office.

? Listening to and Responding to Questions:

    Our classroom is a very respectful classroom, which requires listening to the entire question before

    raising your hand to respond with an answer. No one will be made fun of for attempting to give a

    sincere and thoughtful answer.

? Participating in Class Discussions:

    It is expected of everyone in our classroom to listen carefully to the ongoing discussion and offer

    thoughtful input. The teacher will observe participation and select students who are not participating

    for input to the discussion.

? When You Need Pencil or Paper or a Question Answered:

    Your materials should be unpacked before the bell rings each morning. If you let the teacher know

    you need pencil or paper in the morning as you unpack, the teacher will get the needed items.

    There is no need to walk around or interrupt a lesson or a discussion to ask the teacher for pencil or

    paper. If the teacher is in a lesson with the class or a group, you are to very quietly whisper your

    request AT YOUR TABLE. If no one at your table will help you, then you are to raise your hand

    when the lesson or discussion is finished to let the teacher know no one will help you.

? Keeping Your Desk Orderly:

    Neat and tidy desks will be rewarded with treats or prizes when the ―Desk Fairy‖ visits randomly.

? Indicating Whether You Understand:

    If the teacher is teaching a lesson and the lesson becomes very unclear to you, you are to think

    about the question you need to ask, raise your hand and wait for the teacher to call on you.

? Announcements Over the Public Address System (PA):

    No matter what is going on in class, it MUST be quiet for the announcements. Even if the

    announcements do not pertain directly to you, please be quiet.

    If you know in advance you will be gone, talk to the teacher to get your assignments before you go.

    As long as you have an excused absence, you get to make up the work you missed while you were

    gone for full credit. You have one full week to make up the work you missed; after this, it is ? When You Are Absent: recorded as a zero. In the back of the room, there are folders that correspond to the days of the

    week. The extra handouts are placed in these folders. It is the responsibility of the student to go to

    these folders when they return. When you are ready to turn in the completed assignments in the

    student’s numbered box, complete a ―Make up Work Request‖ form and staple it to the work you are

    putting in the numbered box.

? My Desk, Overhead & Computer:

    Do not come to meet me to ask a question. Raise your hand and I will come to you or I will call on

    you. My desk, overhead and computer are off limits to you unless I directly give you permission. I

    do not like a crowd of people around my desk. I particularly do not like students standing in my view

    of the class.

? Getting Around in the Classroom:

    You do not need to ask permission to throw something in the garbage, to get a tissue or to sharpen

    your pencil. Use your common sense when you choose to do these activities (ie., not during a

    lesson or when guests are in the classroom).

? Coming to Attention

    When the teacher needs to have your attention, the teacher will say, ―Give me five.‖ The teacher’s

    hand will raise and you should have eyes on the teacher with silence in the room.

     Give Me Five

    1. Eyes on Speaker

    2. Quiet

    3. Be Still

    4. Hands Free (empty your hands)

    5. Listen

? When Guests Are in the Classroom:

    Guests will be treated with the utmost respect. No one will be allowed to ask

    rude questions, shout at nor interrupt a guest. The same way you want to be

    treated is the way you should treat others.

? If the Teacher is Called Out of the Room:

    If your teacher has to leave the classroom, the teacher will let the neighboring classroom know to

    watch the class. This is not the time for an indoor recess, remember, your teacher is probably

    dealing with an important circumstance.

? Going to the Bathroom:

    If you have need to take an emergency bathroom trip, quietly move to the teacher’s desk to get a

    green clothespin and attach it to your shirt collar. You should walk quietly in a straight line on the

    right side of the hall while keeping hands, feet and objects to yourself. You should not visit with

    other friends in the hallway nor peek into classrooms. You are able to get a quick sip of water on

    your way to or from the bathroom.

? If You are Suddenly Ill:

    Skip everything mentioned for ―Going to the Bathroom‖ and move quickly to the bathroom whether

    you have alerted a teacher or not. If you do not make it before you are sick, please let the teacher

    know quickly so a janitor can clean the area.

? When I Am Absent:

    Guest, or substitute, teachers have a difficult job. Not only must they meet new students on a

    regular basis, they must also make judgements about how to provide meaningful continuity until the

    regular teacher returns. I expect the class to treat the guest teacher with the warmth and hospitality

    deserving any guest. I ask the guest teacher to comment on class behavior. When the class

    receives praise from the guest teacher, I will provide treats and good notes to take home with you

    when I return.

? The Class Schedule:

    The class schedule will be posted in the front of the classroom. This schedule will show time of

    each subject, as well as time of art, P.E., recess and lunch. There is no need to ask the teacher

    what time events of the day occur, as there is a clock and the schedule.

? Directions for the Assignments:

    The teacher will state directions for the assignment two times. If a student chooses not to listen or

    forgets the directions, the student is to whisper a question to the people at their table. If the people

    at your table do not know the answer to the question, the group should decide on the question to

    ask and only one person from the table should raise their hand to ask the teacher.

? Passing in Papers:

    While the teacher is gathering the papers, no one should turn over papers to look at someone else’s

    work. Also, no one should hold up papers to tap them on their desk. The papers will be neat

    enough if they are placed in a pile.

? Exchanging Papers:

    When you are instructed to exchange papers, you should pass your paper quietly to a neighboring

    student. You should write your number on the paper in red pen to indicate you checked the

    person’s paper. The only mark your should make on someone else’s apper is to circle the answers

    that were wrong and correct the answers on the side of the problem. DO NOT write comments on

    the paper like, ―Great Job!‖ If there is a question about an item circled, do not argue with that

    person. Quietly raise your hand and the teacher will come to you to discuss it.

? Returned Work:

    When the teacher reviews student work, the papers will be returned in signed papers. If you have

    any questions about the teacher’s review of your paper, quietly raise your hand and ask, ―May I see

    you about this paper?‖ The teacher will meet with you at a convenient time and you will be allowed

    to ask legitimate questions. Do not ask the teacher about someone else’s grade as compared to

    yours because you are supposed to keep your work private and the teacher is NEVER allowed to

    discuss another student’s work with you.

? Getting Materials Without Disturbing Others:

    When you are getting materials for class, make sure you take the materials out of only your desk

    and place the materials on the desktop quietly. It is improper to drop materials purposefully or to

    slam the materials on yours or anyone else’s desks. It is also unacceptable to take materials from

    someone else without first asking politely, including someone who is absent for the day.

? Moving About the Room:

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