Classroom Procedures

Ms. Jacobs's Classroom Procedures:

Entering the Classroom:


The teacher will meet and greet students at the entrance of the classroom with a smile and positive attitude every day, every period! 


Students will enter the class quietly, turn in any make-up work, take their assigned seat, and begin to work on the bellwork assignment displayed on the board.


The teacher will promptly correct any student who enters the room incorrectly by restating the proper procedure and having the student repeat the entry process.


Students will place all make-up work in the appropriate blue wire box located beside the blue cabinets.  All work will be placed in the box at the beginning of class before students take their seat.


Students will remove their jackets and retrieve materials needed to complete the morning assignment from their backpack.  They will also take out their books, paper, and pencils to prepare for the days lesson or activity.  All book bags and belongings should be placed underneath the student’s desk and out of the aisles.


Tardy Students:

Students who are tardy for homeroom proceed to the office and receive a note to enter class. Excused tardies are only those tardies in which the student had a note from a fellow teacher or administrator.


The student will provide the teacher with the note and take his or her assigned seat and join the class activity quietly. 


Students who are tardy will not be allowed to make-up the morning work unless extenuating circumstances exist to explain their tardiness. 


Absent Students:


Students who were absent the previous day must report to the office and receive a note explaining their absence.  They must still arrive to class on time.  The teacher will allow those students with an excused absence to make-up any missed work (See Handbook).


The student’s missed assignments will be waiting for them on the “Make-Up Work” bulletin board in the classroom.  The student is responsible for getting that assignment sheet before class begins.  Make-up work should be completed in a week.  If the student needs more time, he or she must ask for an extension of no more than one week.


Students will place all make-up work in the appropriate blue wire box located beside the blue cabinets.  All work will be placed in the box at the beginning of class before students take their seat.


Seating Arrangement:


Students will be assigned seats by the teacher.  They will not be permitted to arbitrarily move without the teacher's permission.  The teacher can at anytime rearrange seating to enhance classroom effectiveness.

Beginning Class:


The teacher will move to the front of the room and hold up his or her right hand to gain the attention of the students who should be working on the bellwork assignment. The students will cease working on the bellwork and give the teacher their full attention.  The students and teacher will discuss the bellwork, which should be kept in the student’s spiral notebook and labeled with the day of the week and the date.


The teacher will then begin the day's instruction according to the daily lesson plan already reviewed and prepared.

Class Dismissal:

The teacher is the only person inside of the classroom who may dismiss the students.


Students will remain seated and quiet until the teacher allows them to depart.  Once the teacher indicates class is dismissed, students will gather their belongings and depart quietly and orderly to their next class period.


Student desks and area must be clean and free of clutter prior to leaving classroom.


Leaving Class:


Students must raise their hand to indicate a need to leave the room. Students must receive a pass from the teacher in order to leave the classroom. Teachers may permit students to leave class if a valid reason exists to depart. Visits to lockers will not be permitted to retrieve items students forget to bring to class.

The teacher will only permit one person at a time to visit the restroom.  Also, a five minute time limit will be enforced for each bathroom visit.

Bathroom/Hall Passes:

Each student will receive two bathroom/hall passes per nine-week quarter (four a   semester).  STUDENTS SHOULD USE THESE WISELY.

Each student must sign out when they leave the classroom and are responsible for signing in when he or she returns.  The sign out/sign in sheet will be located on a clipboard at the front of the room.

If the student has already used the allotted number of bathroom passes and still must go, the student will have to forfeit his or her break to do chores (erase boards, sweep the room, etc.) in order to earn the bathroom/hall pass.

Likewise, if a student does not use the two bathroom passes allotted to him or her, the student may trade the pass in at the end of the semester for bonus points to add to a low grade.  (1 unused bathroom pass = 5 bonus points)

Asking Questions:

Students desiring to ask a question will raise their hand silently and look directly   at the teacher to be acknowledged.  The teacher will acknowledge the student by calling his or her name.


The teacher will signal for the student to put his or her hand down if the teacher needs a moment before answering the student’s question.


No student will interrupt the teacher or another student while they are talking. One person talking at a time is the classroom policyOther students will listen intently while the teacher or other students are asking or answering questions during class.


Taking Exams:


The students will remove all material from the top of desks and place it in their book bags during entire test period. Tests will be distributed to students by the teacher.


Students will have two pencils readily available during the test.  The teacher will have extra pencils for students who may not be prepared, but the use of a borrowed pencil may result in performing a classroom chore during afternoon break.


Students will look only at their paper and will not examine the test materials of their fellow students.


Absolutely no talking will be allowed during the entire exam.   Students who decide to talk during tests may have their exams taken which will result in a zero for that particular test.


Students will turn their exams over and put down their pencils and read quietly until the entire class has completed testing.  The teacher will instruct students to pass their exams to the front once it is determined that all students have completed testing. 


There are three types of assignments in the English classroom:

1.  Bellwork Assignments are to be completed immediately upon arrival to class.  These assignments will usually take approximately five to eight minutes to complete.  They will be written on the whiteboard every morning for students to view.  Students should write these in a notebook with the day of the week and the date on each assignment.  All bellwork assignments will be graded at the end of the nine weeks. For each bellwork answered correctly during class, a student may earn one bonus point.

2.  In-Class Assignments are longer assignments to be completed in class and will also be written on the whiteboard for students. These will often be graded in class as well.

3.  Homework Assignments are to be completed outside of class and will written on the white board labeled “Homework”.  The teacher will post the homework for the entire week beginning on Monday. 

Homework will also be posted on STI Home for parents as well as Ms. Jacobs’s webpage.


Group Work:


At times the daily lesson plan may lead the class in the direction of cooperative learning where students will work in groups of four to five.  During these times the interaction and discussion of the group will be monitored to ensure students are on task and talking about English.  At no time will the noise level be allowed to distract other groups or classrooms.


The teacher will assign students to groups and provide an assignment that requires each student to perform a major component of the work. The students will be given specific instructions to permit successful completion of the assignment.

Bonus Points: 

Throughout the quarter, students may earn bonus points a variety of ways (See "Bonus Points" on homepage).

Bonus points CANNOT be used towards grades that are zeros or for work never   turned in.  Bonus points CANNOT be accumulated over many quarters; bonus points must be used within the same quarter as they are earned.  Bonus points CANNOT be “gifted” to other student; the student who earned them is the student who gets them!

Bonus points can be added to the lowest test or homework grade in the quarter in which the points were earned.  The maximum amount of bonus points that can be earned by a single student is 20 points.

Assignment/Test Heading:

All work completed by students will contain the following information in the upper left hand corner of the paper.

Full Name                                           Ex:         John Smith

Class and Period                                               English 2nd period

Assignment                                                       In-class Paragraph           

Date                                                                 August 10, 2009

Other work such as presentations or displays will have the above information annotated on the back of the project.


Evaluation/Progress Reports:

A progress report will be given to any student with an average of seventy orless midway of the grading period.  From time to time, reports of student improvement and student mastery will also be provided.


Turning In Papers:

Students will pass all papers to the front of the row.  The student at the front of the row is responsible for making sure that the papers are in alphabetical order.  Each student at the front of the row will then pass the papers to their LEFT until all paper are in one stack, alphabetically. 

Completion of Classroom Work/Assignment:


Once a student completes the assignment, he or she should be reading.  Students may retrieve a book from the classroom bookcase to read while the other students are completing work and assignment. They may also work on an activity ditto provided by the teacher.


Students will return the materials to the appropriate places upon direction of the teacher prior to class dismissal.  All classroom books must STAY IN THE CLASSROOM.

Responding to Emergencies:


Teachers and Students will follow school procedures for such emergencies as fires, earthquakes, severe weather, and tornadoes.  Procedures for these events will be rehearsed at the direction of the principal.  Afterwards, the teacher will explain to the students what they did well and what needs to be improved during the next drill or actual event.

Computer Work Center (Library Media Centers):

Students will adhere to the following procedures when utilizing information technology in the classroom:


1.  Students will only use the computer work center when authorized by the teacher.

2.  No drinks or food are allowed in the classroom or near the computer work center.

3.  Students will only use computers to accomplish assignment goals.  No personal sites or unrelated work will be permitted.

4.  Students are not allowed to use email on the classroom computers.

5.  Students are not permitted under any circumstances to visit unauthorized Website.  These include but are not limited to pornographic, chat rooms, and other non-class work related sites. 

6. Students are to immediately report any computer malfunctions to the teacher.