Classroom Procedures for Mrs. Hughes and her language arts/reading classes
What you need to know for your classroom survival
Hello and welcome to my 8th grade language arts/reading classroom. I hope this will be a fun and successful year for each of you. This handout will hopefully guide you in the right direction.
Please bring the following materials with you to class everyday unless otherwise told to do so.
- Writing utensil—pens or pencils
- Regular notebook (for taking notes and class assignments)
- Language arts folder (to store homework)
- Language arts book
- Reader’s Workshop book
- Vocabulary book
- Reading response journal
Failure to bring any of these materials will result in first a verbal warning the first time and detentions thereafter.
- Being on times means being IN YOUR SEAT when the bell rings ( you shouldn’t be up talking to friends or running through the door as the bell is ringing.)
- Tardies will be excused only with a pass from the office, another teacher, or me.
- You will get one free tardy per nine weeks. After that, you will receive a detention each time you are late.
- Attend to personal needs before coming to class. Please do not ask to get a drink, go to the restroom, or to your locker unless it is an emergency. (Emergencies don’t happen everyday, folks! You have five minutes between classes now. Use your time wisely!)
Your responsibilities in this class are
- To be one time
- To be prepared for class
- To be actively involved as a member of the class
- To pay attention and not disrupt the learning of yourself or your classmates
- To respect your classmates and teacher
- To stay on task and not disrupt your classmates
My responsibilities to you and your child are
- to return phone calls and emails within 24 hours.
- to give students the tools needed to become productive members of society
- to give students the tools needed to read and write for different purposes.
- to treat students with the respect that I expect to be treated
If your behavior prevents our class from functioning well, I will talk to you privately after class. Consider this your warning. If your behavior continues, you will receive a detention. If that doesn’t work, I will call your parents in for a conference. Anyone who does anything to seriously disrupt my classroom will be sent directly to the office.
Absences and Make-up Work:
- If you know in advance you will be absent, please see me for your assignments before you leave.
- If you have an excused absence, you will get to make up work missed for full credit; however, you have as many days as you were absent to make up the work.
- I will not hunt you down to give you assignments and make-up quizzes, tests, work. It is your responsibility to see me before or after class to get your work.
- I, not the bell, will dismiss you. Please remain seated until I do so.
Moving around the room:
- You do not need permission to throw something in the garbage, get a tissue, or sharpen a pencil. Use common sense, though. If I am talking, please stay in your seat!
- Face it. You aren’t going to like everything we do in this class. I will ask that you at least try a project/activity that we are doing. I do give grades for effort. Come in each day with a positive attitude. If you have a rude comment about me, a classmate, or this class, please keep it to yourself while in this room. Let’s make this a no whining, positive attitude zone!
Questions? See me! I also reserve the right to add any rules and regulations for my classroom as I see fit.
Let’s make this a wonderful year in both language arts and reading!