Mr. Thompson’s Class Procedures
Entering the Classroom: Students will enter the classroom face-forward, calmly and quietly. They will set their bags down by their desks, take their seats, and take out pencils and notebooks.
Bellringer: Once students are settled in, they will look to the front-of-room screen and respond to the daily Bellringer. This should take no more than 3-4 minutes. Mr. Thompson will come by and check Bellringers once they are completed. Students will show completion of the task by raising their hands and waiting for Mr. Thompson to come to them.
Taking Attendance: Mr. Thompson will take attendance while students are completing their Bellringers.
Sentence Stalker: As the Bellringers are being completed, a Classroom Assistant will begin distributing the Sentence Stalker worksheets to the class. Once all Bellringers have been checked for completion, Mr. Thompson will switch on the daily Sentence Stalker on the front screen. Students will have 5 minutes to complete. At that time, Mr. Thompson will go over the Sentence Stalkers, allowing students to make corrections. A Classroom Assistant will then collect the Sentence Stalker worksheets and return them to Mr. Thompson.
Homework: On the occasion that Mr. Thompson does assign homework, he will post the assignment and due-date on the rear blackboard. While students should always be mindful and look to the blackboard upon entering class, Mr. Thompson will announce homework after going over the Daily Objectives. He will remind students each day as the due date approaches. Homework will remain posted on the rear blackboard for at least a week, and even a few days after the due date, for the benefit of any students who have had an extended absence.
N.B. – It is the students’ responsibility to inquire about missed work due to an absence, and ensure that that work is made up, not Mr. Thompson’s.
Daily Objectives: Students will be aware upon entering the classroom of the Daily Objectives, posted on the white board directly to the left of the front screen, nearest Mr. Thompson’s desk. This will inform the students of the plan for the day. Mr. Thompson will go over the plan for the class after Sentence Stalker worksheets have been collected.
Returning Papers: Homework and classwork that has been graded will be returned by Mr. Thompson as the class is working on their Sentence Stalkers. No-Name papers will be twice “auctioned” aloud by Mr. Thompson, giving the students an opportunity to ID handwriting. If no one claims them at that point, they will be discarded.
Quieting the class: Mr. Thompson raises his hand and say “Ladies and Gentlemen!” Students will stop talking, turn their bodies to face him, and give their full attention.
Collecting Papers: Work is collected according to how the desks are arranged.
If the desks are arranged in rows, students collect their seatwork by passing the papers from the rear of the room towards the front. Mr. Thompson or a Classroom Assistant will then collect the papers, starting from the side nearest the classroom door and working towards Mr. Thompson’s side of the room.
If students are in groups, students pile their papers on the closest end of the table to the middle of the room. Mr. Thompson or a Classroom Assistant will collect the piles of papers from around the room. We then put binder clips on the papers and put them in the standing inbox file on Mr. Thompson’s desk.
Notes from Home: Students with doctors’ notes or notes from home may raise their hand at any point near the start of class and bring them to Mr. Thompson’s desk, if the timing is appropriate.
Using the Restroom:
When they are allowed: Students may go to the restroom only during times of independent work or group-work (unless it’s an emergency)
When they are not allowed: Not in the middle of a whole-class lesson.
Procedure: The signal to ask to go to the restroom is to raise three fingers in the air, in response to which I will either nod (yes) or put my hand up to signal that it is not a good time. When a student receives permission to go to the restroom, they must sign out of the room.
Going to the nurse:
If it’s an emergency, the student should tell two students near him/her—one to accompany him and the other to tell Mr. Thompson where they went—then take the nurse’s pass and go.
Otherwise, students will raise their hand, Mr. Thompson will come to them, and assess if it is indeed a clinic-worthy situation.
Leaving the Class for Any Other Reason: Students should always raise their hands if they need to leave their seats or the classroom, be it for the restroom, water, hand-sanitizer, a sharpened pencil, or a trip to the Media Center or another classroom. Mr. Thompson will try to accommodate if it is an appropriate time.
Broken Pencil Procedure: Students should come to class every day with sharpened pencils. If a pencil is to break in the middle of the period, they may raise their hand and Mr. Thompson will come by and have it sharpened. No student should use the electric pencil sharpener during class.
No Pencil Procedure: Students should give Mr. Thompson an ID, shoe, phone, or some other important item in exchange to borrow a pencil. At the end of the period, they may exchange their pencil to receive it back.
If a Student Needs Help: Students that need help during whole-class time should raise their hand, not shout the teacher’s name from across the room. If the student needs one-on-one help outside of class, they may request to meet before or after school.
Indicating Understanding: In order to assess understanding during class, there will be times where Mr. Thompson requests the class to put up a thumbs up for understanding or thumbs-down for confusion—and anywhere in between as students see fit.
Transitions Procedure: Mr. Thompson will explain before a transition what is about to take place, giving a “Two-minute warning.” Students should not move until Mr. Thompson says to do so. During the transition, there should be silence and students should move as quickly as possible.
Working in Groups: When working as groups, students will be teacher-placed into groups for the duration of the task. Groups will change for most activities, but will remain as a unit for the duration of a project. Here are procedures for working in Group-Work:
- You are responsible for your own work.
- You are to ask a “group member” for help if you have a question.
- You must help if you are asked for help.
- You may ask for help from the teacher after the entire group agrees on a question, but must continue working as you wait for the teacher to come over. One student is appointed to raise their hand to get the teacher’s attention.
Groups will be getting group grades along with individual according to your own self-assessments at the end of group-work, so it is in the interests of students to work as a family to lift everyone’s performance.
Heading Papers: On every paper that students hand in, they shall write their full school-wide heading, which includes Name, Date, Class, Period, and Teacher.
There should be NO exceptions to this.
Checking out books from the classroom library: Students may check out books from Mr. Thompson’s classroom library by coming to Mr. Thompson and signing the book out. The recommended time out for books is 2 weeks.
Returning books to the classroom library: Students may return books by presenting them directly to Mr. Thompson at the start of class.
Keeping the Noise Level Down: For the most part, students should remain at the lowest noise level possible. When working independently, the noise level should be close to nothing; when working in groups, an “inside voice” level is appropriate. Anything beyond that is not.
N.B. – It is NEVER considered acceptable to speak over someone else who is already speaking, especially if only one person has been called on to answer a question. And it is absolutely unacceptable for anyone to speak while Mr. Thompson is speaking, especially during a lesson.
Sending Notes Home: Notes going home to the parents of the entire class will be distributed at the end of class. Individual notes will be handed out by Mr. Thompson at the beginning of the hour.
When a Student is Absent: As per school policy, he/she has nights to make up the work, and one more night for every day extra missed: so if someone is absent Monday and back Tuesday, they would have Tuesday and Wednesday night to complete it and the work would be due Thursday. If someone is absent Monday and Tuesday and back Wednesday, the student would have Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night (weekend) to finish the work and it would be due on Monday.
Again, it is the students’ responsibility for make-up work, not the teachers.
If the Teacher is Out of the Classroom: Students remain on task while Mr. Thompson is out of the room. Classroom rules and procedures are followed as they continue their work. A teacher next door is available if help is needed.
Class Presenters/Participators: Any time a student must get out of his or her seat and go to the front of the room, the class will remain silent during the presentation, and then give a ”polite” (read: not boisterous) round of applause.
Daily Closing Message: At the end of the day, Mr. Thompson will make a brief closing statement to the class. This will include a summary of our progress during the class, as well as any announcements or homework due the next day.
End of Class Dismissal: The bell does not dismiss the class; Mr. Thompson dismisses the class. Students are dismissed once Mr. Thompson thanks the class and wishes them a good day.
Leaving Class: Take everything with you and exit calmly.