A Guide to understanding the Class Rules*
Part I: Class Rules/Life Rules: "Guiding Principles in the Classroom"
Part II: The Most Common Classroom Issues: "Procedures"
Part III: The Less Common Classroom Issues: "Important to Know"
*Please be aware that certain behaviors or situations require that I report them to the proper authorities (parents, administrators, etc.). My goal is to help all of my students succeed as best they are able.
Class Rules/Life Rules (Keep in your notebook)
Most of the rules came from good advice and experimentation; however vigilant I am about the effectiveness of the rules, I reserve the right to make changes within district guidelines for the educational needs of specific students and situations. Think about it... If your doctor prescribed aspirin to all their patients instead of seeing each one as having unique needs wouldn't you stop going to them? Why would an educator provide the same learning experience when each student has unique needs? Of course, it doesn't make sense!
None of my rules is intended to replace the districts policies as described in the code of conduct, please see the district code of conduct for complete details of responsibilities:
· Life rule #1 There is no fairness, get over it and move on—is it fair that some students go to special college preparatory schools that cost $18,700 --$31,000 a year while you have me? Of course, "We’re all created equal…" but what does that really mean? Consider that not everyone has equal home life, social life, looks, talent, health etc....
(Visit http://www.stonybrookschool.org/Admissions/Tuition.php the Stony Brook School as a nearby example) After they graduate, do you think that these students are going to community college? FYI: I graduated from Longwood in 1983 and put myself through Suffolk County Community College and SUNY@Stonybrook.
· Life Rule # 2 Do the best with what you have. Suffolk County Community College is not “Thirteenth Grade” if you really want to learn. Stony Brook University has some of the finest minds on our planet and you get to talk with them, so get involved. I didn't know what I wanted to do when I graduated. I didn't understand the college world and how it relates to the business world. I recommend reading Getting What You Came For : The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D. by Robert Peters. This is an introduction to the world of academia in layman's terms... things you could really mess up your first year in college if you're not careful.
· Life Rule #3 Maximize opportunity for success. You may think it will never happen but if success does come knocking will you be able to answer the door? Some of you may not even know where the door is—that’s OK. If you have to-- get your tools together and build a door! Think of adding a bell. Stand out from the crowd. The more tools you have the better your opportunities will be. The more doors you build -- the more knocking you will hear.
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The Most Common Classroom Issues:
Phones and personal electronic communication devices are prohibited in the classroom and hallways for many reasons don’t use them in my class or in school: I am not joking.
Absolutely no backpacks, purses, book bags, knapsacks, bunched up clothes, "phat" bubbles on your desk or lap during class. I will ask you to move the items. Don't be shocked. I warned you... too often cell phones (especially with blue tooth technology), food, game systems, MP3 players, cameras, etc are concealed here during class.
You must always have and be ready to display your ID card when asked.
One person to the bathroom at a time and no bathroom passes in the first or last ten minutes of class. No passes are given if you come in late.
No eating in class. The mess, smell, and distraction are not appropriate: in an "emergency" I will give you a pass to an administrator who will decide if you may go to the cafeteria.
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The Less Common Classroom Issues:· Cheating, unauthorized communication during tests, or complicity in academic dishonesty, results in a failing grade on that assignment and my special attention on future assignments; consequently, don't be surprised if I ask you to move etc....
· If the inappropriate language or slang is at all "sexual" in nature be prepared to face charges of sexual harassment (See the code of conduct http://www.longwood.k12.ny.us/cc-full.pdf) bullying is not acceptable.
· Insubordination will not be tolerated—if I ask you personally to change your seat or to please be quiet it is for the improvement of the educational environment of which I am in charge.
· I will make every effort not to implement such changes; however, if you continue to be a disruption to the educational process I will have you removed from the room and brought to an administrator until we can work out a reasonable resolution that preserves the educational environment in the best interest for all students.
· Excessive absences may result in course failure.
· Attendance-- Excessive or repeated lateness/ cutting results in detention and referral to administration. Driving? Be prepared to give up your parking rights and don't say I didn't warn you!· Cutting results in discipline through referral to administration.
· Unsafe behavior will not be tolerated and is determined by me. If there are problems with another student see me immediately I will do my absolute best to keep your anonymity depending on the weight of circumstances.
· Lastly, I can't believe that I have to write this final warning; however, due to recent classroom events, I am forewarning you that inappropriately suggestive, illegal, vulgar, profane, explicit material will receive the grade of a zero-- if it is included as part of a portfolio -- the entire portfolio will receive the grade of a zero. Additionally, I will need to refer the material to parents, administration, mental health professionals, even alert law enforcement in cases where it may be warranted.
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