Class Guidelines & Expectations
Welcome! I am excited to start a new semester with you!
Participation / Preparedness / Class Climate Issues
I expect everyone to be kind, respectful, try their best and have a positive attitude.
Attendance and punctuality do figure in your average! You need to be present to learn and participate. Being prepared, taking notes, listening, etc. are all part of the grade. In other words, it’s not just a paper shuffle. Checkthesite.com every night before class. Make it a habit so you won’t have any surprises. I update it every day.
You will be given a one or more class participation grades per MP. A = attentive, respectful, no cell phone use, enthusiastic and consistent participation; B = mostly attentive, respectful, no cell phone use, participates often; C = may be somewhat inattentive, may use cell phone during class, rare participation; D = may not be attentive or respectful, may use cell phone during class, present but virtually no participation; F = frequently absent and/or disruptive and/or sleeping and/or may use cell phone constantly.
Please note that cell phone use will damage your class participation grade.
Plagiarism Policy: Plagiarism is taking the words or ideas of someone else and presenting them as your own. This will not be tolerated. Copying HW from a peer, copying Internet sources, or any other form of plagiarism will result in an immediate zero for the assignment in question. Repeated plagiarism will be met with more serious penalties. The first offence will result in a zero for the assignment; your parents and grade administrator will be contacted. The second offence (in this class or another) will result in the same consequences, plus (as per The Student Handbook) you may fail the course. In addition, eligibility for the Honors Society or AP English may be damaged. Plagiarism is contra-education.
You can expect many reading quizzes in my class. Reading quizzes are designed to gage if completed the required reading as well as how well you read. You will have a reading quiz at the START of class; latecomers are not guaranteed a make up quiz. Questions are generally worth 5 points. You cannot pass my quizzes by reading online summaries. You have THREE days to make up a quiz if you were absent. See the absence policy.
Long Term Assignments: Projects / Tests / Essays
Late projects lose points and may not be accepted after two weeks of due date. Projects are generally are worth 100-200 points. They are submitted to turnitin.com. Extra credit is given to students who utilize the Writing Center. Be sure to have your first draft signed with a time in and time out; hand in this draft with other materials requested. There should be clear revisions for extra credit. Also, write summary of your experience and how/if it helped your writing.
Short Term Assignments: Homework / Classwork
Unless otherwise notes, HW and CW is worth 10 points. √+ (9-10 pts), √ (7-8 pts), √- (5-6 pts), inc (1-4). HW is due the class session after it was assigned unless otherwise noted. It is collected at the START of class. It is not to be completed during class. It’s never okay to copy a friend’s work. Late homework will either not be accepted or will lose points. Late is any time after I collect it at the start of class.
· Homework required for that day’s lesson (i.e., reading, study guides, etc.) will NOT be accepted late unless you were absent.
· Homework that is an extension of the day’s lesson may be accepted late but at a one grade loss penalty and will NOT be accepted beyond three days.
Employ ACTIVE READING strategies. Don’t read in bed or while multi-tasking. Take “column notes” or purchase your own copy of the novel to annotate.
At all costs, avoid being absent on important days such as peer edit days, presentation dates, and other important due dates. If you must be absent on a peer day, it is expected that you email a copy of your draft to me by the time your class meets so that it can be peer edited.
Check www.checkthesite.com (or www.surfturk.com); I update the site daily. I will not accept that you forgot to check it. Check the door folder for handouts. Contact a friend, too! Keep up to date with the readings, assignments, etc. You are a young adult. Unless there is an extreme illness or other serious problem, you can and are expected to use my site to keep up to date. Do NOT expect one-on-one instructional time during class time.
Ahead of class time, check the door folder. If there were handouts, that’s where to look.
If you want to set a bad impression, try this: be absent, don’t check my site or the door folder or ask a friend, and then show up to class asking, “I was absent on ___. Did I miss anything?” Just kidding: Don’t be that kid.
“I was absent that day” is not an excuse. Class continued and work was completed and discussion was had. You are still responsible for work, quizzes, and notes. Make up the work. Yes, even group work is counted. I may assign you part of an assignment [see door folder or website].
Make up quizzes need not be scheduled. They are in a folder on my desk in the English Office labeled “Make Up Quizzes.” If I am not there, you follow the honor system and take the quiz at my desk. NO CELL PHONE USE WHATSOEVER IS PERMITTED. You have THREE days to make up a quiz or it gets entered as a 0.
PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL. I do not want to see your phone or see you on your phone. I find it to be extremely rude, and it creates a climate contrary to the classroom I want. Therefore, they will not be tolerated. Cell phones must be put away. Your job is to contribute to a learning environment. In addition, using cell phones during class can raise questions about your integrity. Never use a cell phone during or after a quiz. NOT EVEN AFTER. : you will receive a zero on your quiz if I see you using your phone during or after a quiz.
Texting during class is rude and distracting. Please don’t do it. Using a cell phone during class hurts your participation grade. And, I will take away the extra credit points cited below.
ORPs Extra Credit
It matters to me that you are in class, prepared, and stay in the room and stay on task. As an incentive, I have an extra credit system that can significantly bump your final MP grade.
You will receive FIVE out-of-room passes (ORPs) per marking period. These are EXTRA points, or, out of zero.
· You use them by leaving the room. I sign you out for that date [you have approximately 5 minutes to attend to your business whatever that is].
· You lose them by being tardy. Being late [arriving to class after the bell rings – even if your backpack is in the room] will lose you an ORP as well as earn time in the tank, so be on time!
· Cutting even once will automatically lose all ORPs. Students who do not meet the 85% rule will lose ORPs.
· Out of Room via technology. I need you focused and respectful. Having to be asked repeatedly to put away your cell phone will lose you ORPs.
Definition of Late: Late is arriving any time AFTER the bell rings. Three “Lates” = one hour in the tank. Each “Late” loses you an ORP.
You will need to set up a turnitin.com account. The class ID and password are on your course description. Please register with an email you check daily/frequently. While I do not send email frequently, when I do, it is usually important (reminders, class cancellations, etc.).
You will have grades posted publicly on Aspen, meaning that you and your parents can keep track of grades. Please understand certain parameters:
1. Please do not expect instantaneous postings. It takes time to grade and enter.
2. Please DO NOT email me or text me with questions about grades. Always discuss any concerns in person during my office hours.
3. Please DO NOT ask me about grades during class time.
4. If you see an “M” in a grade slot, this means that I marked it missing and you still can make it up. Once assignments have been graded/returned/updated, you may not make up the work.
5. Missed quizzes have only THREE days from the day given to be made up.
6. If you see a “0” in a grade slot, this can not be made up.
7. There is no extra credit other than that which I already offer: I drop the lowest quiz once we have more than five quizzes, I offer you the ORPs system, and I provide ec points for things like using the Writing Center. I expect you to complete the work assigned. There is no extra credit.
8. Grades are fluid and change as more assignments are entered. You should not obsess about your grade. If you focus on your education, the grade will follow.
9. Please do ask if I will bump your grade. As stated, I already offer many opportunities. I reserve the right to reflect on your grade [which I do], and grade grubbing does not help you. In fact, it hurts you! Reflect on your behavior and work.
Please do not rely on instantaneous replies from me. I have two small children and am not glued to a computer.
Also remember that I am your teacher, and you should write emails with formality – and please, no texting abbreviations.
Also, please do not use email as a place for extra help or to discuss a grade. If you need help, please see me! If you aren’t sure why you have a grade, ask me in person! Eye to eye is best J And, the worst offense, please do not grade grub, beg or threaten through email!
You will sign up to Remind and I normally allow students to text me. That said, please remember that I am your teacher and not your pal.
1. Do not text after 9 PM.
2. Do not text questions that you could have easily found on my website or through a pal.
3. Do not expect an immediate response.
Please do not wait until it’s too late! Do not wait until the end of a marking period if there is trouble.
The Writing Center is in room 212 and is open daily (4-1 and 4-2). Use it for help with any part of the writing process.
See me for extra help during 4-2 ( bring your lunch!), before school ( I arrive at school by 7:30), or by appointment. Please do not rely on email for extra help.
I look forward to this semester with you. Let’s have a great semester!