Student & Teacher
responsibilities and expectations
Goal Setting and Reflection: You will work with your teachers and parents to define your goals for learning. You will use the time given to reflect on your learning and choices you made.
You will be asked to provide feedback on what you believe helps you learn and what you find to be challenging. Provide constructive, specific feedback. Student blogs are great tools for reflecting on learning and responding to their peers.
Feedback: Students will write down what they learned, whether they enjoyed a particular learning experience, what helped their learning, what hindered their learning and what might help them next time.
Make Choices: I believe students learn best when allowed choice. I will encourage you to make decisions about how you learn best and collaborate with me so that we can cater lessons for you in a more positive and productive way. Students have different learning styles and once we find out what yours is you will have an advantage in your learning.
My lessons will be founded on the the 'Golden Circle' of Why, How, and What.
Most individuals, including myself much of the time focus on what they do and how they do it. Inspirational leaders think, act and communicate from the inside of the circle outward. They start with the ‘why‘, and only then the how and the what. My focus will to be conscious of "why" we are learning a specific skill in order to connect it to real-world situations.
(source: What Ed said; Start with Why; 05/16/2010)
I will model the behaviors and attitudes that promote learning.
I will talk about my own learning. Be an inquirer. I am and will be an active participant in the learning community. I will model and encourage enthusiasm, open-mindedness, curiosity and reflection.
Make Choices: I believe students learn best when allowed choice. I will encourage students to make decisions about how they learn best and collaborate with me so that we can cater lessons in a more positive way. I will integrate technology to encourage creative expression of learning in our classroom.
1. Come to class on time: Unless you are ill, you should be at school everyday. Passing time between classes is only three minutes. Getting prepared for your next class must be your first priority.
2. Be prepared for school: Think ahead to be sure you bring to class the items you will need throughout the year. Inform your parents if you do not have the materials you need, or if you need help getting them, talk to your teacher. Get enough rest. Eat a good breakfast.
3. Do the assigned work: Plan ahead so you have time to complete your work. Establish a routine time and quiet place for completing assignments. Make good use of every moment while in class and doing homework. Work hard to learn to focus and concentrate on your work. The amount of effort you put forth will directly impact your learning, grades, confidence and future! Work hard, get smart!!
4. Respect yourself and others: Treat others the same as you would want them to treat you. Work hard to understand how your actions affect the feelings of others. Be sure to tell the school staff and your parents if someone is making you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or upset. There is NO TOLERANCE for bully behavior, harassment, threats or violence.
5. Stewardship: Respect property and the environment. None of us have the right to take, touch or damage other people’s property without permission from the owner. We will not litter, mark up, mess up or break property or living things, as it is disrespectful to all of us who care about this school and our earth. We will be responsible stewards of our building, the playgrounds and fields we use, our community, our earth and its resources.