• This means to be in in your seat with your warm-up paper out and other needed materials at your desk. • One of the consequences for failure to meet this expectation is lost
POLITE • Stay alert. Do not put your head down on your desk. Sit up straight. Take your hat or hood off. • Do not socialize, unless it is part of an assigned task. • Do not start a conversation with the office staff when they enter the room. • Do not get out of your seat without permission, unless it is an emergency. Raise your hand if you have a question or comment to contribute. • Do not ask “me questions” in “we times.”
PREPARED • Arrive with several writing tools, eraser or white-out, lined filler paper. Do not use the tear-out kind of paper. • Check the board to see what classroom supplies you will need, and get these before you sit down. • Arrive to class with hydration and restroom needs taken care of. • Arrive in class well rested. If you look sleepy, I will work with your parent or guardian to find a solution. • Do not be obstinate, argumentative or incorrigible. • When you disagree with someone’s viewpoint, do so in a mature and tactful manner, and remember that it is good to know the reasons that other people see things differently than we ourselves may see them. Your goal in voicing your side of a disagreement should be two-fold; first, to make your position and consequently yourself, better understood; secondly, for you to better understand the position of a reasonably intelligent counter view. Your goal should not be to make the world agree with you, assuming those who disagree must be asinine. • Comply with all district and school-wide rules. • Do not yawn, sneeze, or otherwise make noises as loudly as you can. • Do not pack up before I tell you to. (I really, really, do not like that!” • Do not insult one another. • Do not swear. • Do not constantly look at the clock. • Keep your phone or other electronic device, OFF AND AWAY. • Behave in class the same way you would behave is the adults who love you were sitting right next to you.
PROACTIVE & PARTICIPATE • Stay focused and alert. Use self-discipline to assure you are thinking about what you should be thinking about. This is a skill that takes practice. The more you consciously bring your mind back to the appropriate focus, the easier it is. At some point, it will become automatic. • Contribute to class contributions by asking questions, voicing comments, doing your part when working with a group or partner.
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