- To ensure that students always have someone to work with, arrange desks into pairs of rows, or tables if available
- Students will be able to turn to their “elbow buddies” for assistance at any time
- Have a table at the front for daily notes/handout pickups
- Have funny science and math posters around the room to promote a sense of fun
- Scientific paraphernalia to promote a sense of wanting to DO science.
- Example: lava lamp, plasma orb, dipping bird, etc.
- Start each day with a “What if”, “Who would win?”, “Today in Science”, or Two-Minute Review
- What if – What if we made a spaceship for interstellar flight? What else would we need as humans to make that flight successful?
- Who would win? – Batman or Superman?
- Today in Science – Historical events about this day in science
- Two-Minute Review – Entry slip, trivia questions, etc.
- Have an essential question for the focus of the lesson
- Math – Daily homework checks post-notes
- Cell phones are a tool and should be used as such. Except during summative assessments, students may use them to search the internet for information.
- There will be activities where students will have to use their phones for apps and internet searches
- Students without cell phones will be provided laptops, iPads, or be put in groups where someone else has a phone
- When cell phones become a distraction, the student will get a warning and if it continues then they must leave their phone on my desk until the end of class
- Respect each other
- Students must hold themselves accountable for their actions
- Beyond these two rules, I feel everything else is superficial. If we adhere to these, then we don’t need any more rules.
- Everyone has bad days. It’s just a fact of life. So if a student acts out, they will first get a warning, but if it continues then I will ask them to stay after class so that we can make a plan for the next time a “bad day” happens.
- If a students’ mark start to lag below the passing point after the first unit of the course, make a plan with the student about how they can best be helped.
- Tutorial times, extra homework problems, extra time to write assessments, etc.
- After the second unit if marks haven’t improved, call the parents to let them know of the situation and come up with a plan that all parties can agree to.