Hello, I'm Jeanne Laird and I'm very excited to begin our quest in physics and chemistry this year. I design my classroom to be very interactive and hands-on in order to bring the learning experience to life. Students can expect to learn through audio, visual, labs, activities and projects. A positive attitude and an inquiring mind are prerequisites for success in 7th grade science.
Display Panther PRIDE
Perseverance-never give up, even when faced with an obstacle
Respect-be kind to yourself, your teacher, your classmates, and your classroom
Integrity-do what’s right, even when you think nobody is watching
Dedication-put forth your best effort at all times
Excellence-take pride in yourself and your work
Initial teacher corrective responses/actions:
There are certain rules that when broken need an immediate consequence. For minor rule violations (talking out of turn, out of seat, head down, etc.), I will not assign a consequence immediately, but rather use one or more of the following strategies:
If a student continues to misbehave after the above responses/actions, the following consequences will be assigned:
1. Warning (verbal)
2. Time out (environment change and fill out a behavior journal, 3 behavior journals in a trimester=a referral)
3. Time owed=time held after class(duration will vary based on violation)
4. Removal from class and call home
IV. Classroom Procedures-How is the class going to run on a daily basis?
Entering the Room:
Students are asked to line up outside the classroom where I will greet them. All students will be reminded to bring their supplies and notebooks to class. Upon entering the classroom, there will be a "brain blast" on the board which is basically a science question they have to answer, a video to comment on or a diagram to explain. Each brain blast gets entered into a science journal and is worth one point. Journals are graded approximately every three weeks.
Tardy to Class:
Students will follow room entry procedures, but at a level 0. 3 unexcused tardies lead to a detention.
To get students’ attention, I will say, “I need everybody’s attention in A…R…B…O…R” while putting my hand in the air and using my fingers to count down.
Students will not be allowed to go to their lockers for missing materials. Any student who sits down and realizes he or she does not have basic supplies (paper, writing utensil) should first ask a student near them at a Level 1 in the beginning of class. Students are allowed to keep their science journal in the classroom in a file unit. Usually this is the only thing they will need besides a writing utensil. Additional materials will be needed for various projects and assignments, but students will be informed when these supplies are needed.
Classwork & Homework:
Classwork and homework assignments will always be displayed at the front of the room for the students to see. Classwork and homework will be graded mostly for effort and completion. I will let the students know when assignments will be graded for accuracy. Students will be taught the procedures for turning in classwork and homework.
Returning from an Absence:
Students are responsible to get make up all work and assignments from while they were absent. During connections students are allowed to visit each room for make up work. All activities, notes and assignments, including all brain blast prompts, are recorded in a binder and kept on my desk. Students are asked to check the "Daily Agenda" binder for all make up work. Hand outs, notes and worksheets are kept in a bin next to the binder.
V. Supplies-What items do we need every day?
Students should come prepared every day with the following supplies: