Class Function

In general, class rules will follow the policies and regulations set forth by the ISB Administration and Board and in the High School Handbook. However, several procedures and guidelines that are specific to my class are explained below.

Beginning and Ending Class

  1. Enter the classroom and immediately look to see what today’s Essential Questions are. Next, look to see if there is an initial task to begin work on. Finally, find your seat, put away any non-academic electronics and take out your laptop/binder and writing utensils.
  2. “On Time”: The definition of this phrase in our class is that #1 above is fully accomplished. Being present in the room—or having one toe touched down in the room—does not meet the requirement. Tardiness will be recorded and applied to your overall absence record.
  3. “End of Class”: The definition of this phrase in our class is that the instructor signals when the class has ended. The bell does not dismiss class, the instructor does. Students will keep their work out until they are directed to pack up. No one packs up anything until told to do so. Students who do start to pack up early will cause the class to wait until they return to a respectful learning posture.

Classroom Conduct and Care

  1. Each Team Learning Environment (station) must be kept neat, clean and organized. Teams must ensure that all of their tools are returned, and their boards are fully erased before leaving the classroom (unless otherwise directed). Students must also ensure they take all of their personal materials with them when they leave.
  2. No food or drink other than water is allowed in the classroom unless special permission is given or the class earns the privilege. Students are strongly encouraged to bring reusable bottles to class. No plastic cups are allowed in the classroom.
  3. No non-academic electronic devices may be in use without teacher permission. If any non-academic electronic device makes a sound, is visible or is utilized  during class (E.g. for texting) in any way your Commitment/Approach to Learning grade will be penalized for disrespecting your professional environment and colleagues.
  4. Computing devices will not be used for non-academic purposes during class time. Inappropriate use of such devices will negatively impact your  Commitment/Approach to Learning grade.
  5. Keep the classroom neat and clean. Put trash in the trash can. Use the proper recycling receptacles. Classes that regularly leave the room messy will be managed until they maintain a neat work environment without guidance: students may not be dismissed until their Common Learning Environment is neat and clean.
  6. If you need to use the bathroom, quietly get up, take the pass and go. Do not ask to go, just go. If frequency becomes an issue, we will have a discussion

Discussion and Participation

  1. This class will involve daily discussion. A cooperative, respectful and supportive environment is essential for this. Show others respect and they will show the same to you.
  2. There will be absolutely no speaking, no whispering—no parallel communicating of any kind—while another discussant has the floor. If I or another student is speaking, you should only be listening, taking notes, or raising your hand if you would like to add something or respond. There is a great deal of teamwork in this class and you will have many opportunities to speak freely with your classmates. Wait for these opportunities.
  3. Do not gesticulate wildly or shout out if you would like to contribute to the discussion or if you have a question. Raise your hand respectfully and I, or the student moderator, will call on you. If we do not call on you immediately, there could be a number of reasons why. Calmly wait for another chance or speak to us after class.Do not leave your hand raised if you have been acknowledged.
  4. If you have what you believe is a legitimate and interesting sidetrack but realize that it will not fit into the current discussion, quietly write it down, get up and write it on the Contribution/Famous Quotes Board at the front of the room. We will try to get to your interest as soon as we can.

Rules Rationale

World citizens come from many different cultures and traditions. The characteristics and flavor of each person’s background should be respected. However, professional communication is essential for global cooperation. Therefore, we must learn to cherish the idiosyncrasies of our own cultures while simultaneously learning and practicing the international standard for interaction. In such cases the default should always be to practice greater respect, greater patience and greater tolerance for others. This does not mean surrendering our own ways of engaging in favor of a generic internationalism; it means to become truly multi-lingual, truly multi-cultural, truly multi-dialectical. By observing these rules we strive to become fluent in humanity.