Guidelines

CLASSROOM GUIDELINES

GUIDELINE #1: EATING, DRINKING, OR CHEWING GUM

  • THE RULE:
    You may not have any food, drinks, or gum near computer workstations.
  • THE WHY:
    Crumbs, liquids, and sticky fingers can ruin shared computers and shared keyboards that do not belong to you.
  • THE EXCEPTION:
    You may have a quick snack or a quick drink by the backpacks or the back table.
  • FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
    You do NOT need to ask to get a drink or a snack if you are hungry/thirsty. Just do it quietly.
  • ONE LAST NOTE:
    From time to time, the teacher will reward students with candy, but wrappers must be immediately thrown away.

GUIDELINE #2: USING THE RESTROOM

  • THE RULE:
    You may go to the restroom once per class, if necessary, but you must sign out and return within four minutes.
  • THE WHY:
    This is an open campus and the teacher is ultimately responsible for your safety.
  • THE EXCEPTION:
    If you need more than four minutes, you may quietly mention that to the teacher on your way out.
  • FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
    You do NOT need to ask to use the restroom. Just sign out quietly and be back in four minutes.
  • ONE LAST NOTE:
    Freeze time is the first 10 and last 10 minutes of each class. You may not leave during this time unless you have an emergency. DO NOT ASK whether it is freeze time or not. Use the bell schedule posted all over the classroom. Clock reading is a first grade skill.

GUIDELINE #3: WORKING WITH PARTNERS

  • THE RULE:
    You must learn to ask or serve your partner first, not the teacher and not someone across the room.
  • THE WHY:
    The teacher works with many students per class, but cannot reach everyone all the time.
  • THE EXCEPTION:
    During a class discussion, it is almost always okay to ask the teacher questions, but it is also okay to ask your partner a question during a discussion.
  • FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
    The teacher expects you to be patient, encouraging, gracious, and supportive with each other at all times.
  • ONE LAST NOTE:
    Do not EVER shout out for the teacher to come help you or become frustrated when you are not immediately served. This class is not about you. This class is about us. Be patient and look for help in multiple ways. Use C3B4ME.

GUIDELINE #4: USING THE COMPUTERS

  • THE RULE:
    You must treat the computers and your access to school computers with respect. No inappropriate searches. No banging on the keyboards. No slamming of the mouse.
  • THE WHY:
    These computers do not belong to you. They are shared across multiple classes and multiple students. And everything you do on a computer or on the Internet is being tracked.
  • THE EXCEPTION:
    None. Failure to treat the computers or your use of the Internet appropriately will mean your IMMEDIATE loss of the computer for that day.
  • FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
    The teacher is usually logged into your computer, meaning that anything you look at on your computer can also be seen on the front projector. Be careful. Be smart.
  • ONE LAST NOTE:
    If you see a partner or a classmate looking at something inappropriate or off task (YouTube, Unrelated Games, Social Media, etc), write a note and place it on the teacher’s desk so that inappropriate and distracting behavior can be stopped before the start of the next class period.

GUIDELINE #5: RESETTING WORKSTATIONS

  • THE RULE:
    At the end of every class, you must save your work, flip your name card, log off (not shut down) your computer, turn your screen off, and push your chair in all the way.
  • THE WHY:
    Almost all the computer workstations in the classroom are used by multiple students throughout the day. By resetting your station, you are leaving a clean area for the next student in the next class period.
  • THE EXCEPTION:
    If there is an unexpected fire drill or some reason that we have to rush out the door, but this would be rare.
  • FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
    The teacher will usually call for everyone to pack up and clean up when there are two minutes left in the class period. This will give you time to complete the rule.
  • ONE LAST NOTE:
    Every day that you are unable to completely reset your workstation, you will be asked to come back and reset again. You will also be the last to leave the classroom.

GUIDELINE #6: BEING RESPECTFUL

  • THE RULE:
    You must earn respect every day by being respectful every day. Being on time and working hard is a good start.
  • THE WHY:
    Your teacher believes in mutual respect. This means your teacher will respect you from the first day, just as you must respect your teacher.
  • THE EXCEPTION:
    None. All of us want respect. And all of us deserve respect. But if you treat people poorly, you will always lose respect. That goes for every student. And that even goes for the teacher.
  • FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
    If someone begins talking over the loudspeaker to share an announcement, you are expected to go silent. Immediately. Even if the announcement is not for you, it may be for someone else in the room. This is another example of respect.
  • ONE LAST NOTE:
    Every class in this room is designed to have a lot of student talking and discussion, but you must watch the level of your volume from moment to moment. Always think about your own volume. If someone halfway across the room can hear everything you are saying, that’s too loud. And it will make other people get louder.

THE SILVER THRONES

At the beginning of each week, two students in each class period will be recognized for the positive role they played in the classroom during the week before. These students can be recognized for good behavior, for being a helpful partner, for designing something impressive, or for just doing the right thing. These students will be granted two ten-minute breaks in the silver thrones at the front of the room during the week they are selected. They may rest, read, or quietly play on their phone/tablet for their ten minute breaks. From time to time, the thrones will be off limits, but students will be notified of those times at the beginning of each week. Ten minute breaks can only be used during 85-minute class periods. They may not be used during 45-minute Mondays.

THE CONSEQUENCES

Students who create a consistent problem of disrespect in the classroom (out-of-control volume, offensive language, inappropriate conversations, eating/drinking at workstation, poorly managed station, excessive restroom usage, horseplay, etc) will receive consequences in the following order:

  1. First Offense: Warning Only
  2. Second Offense: Computer Ban for 15 Minutes.
  3. Third Offense: Computer Ban for 30 Minutes and Phone Call Home.
  4. Fourth Offense and Beyond: Computer Ban for a Full Class Period, Phone Call Home, and a Formal Write-Up

If two or more students turn out to be a problem or a distraction, then the entire class will be held accountable. In other words, if the discipline problem is bigger than just one individual, then the entire class will face the consequences listed above, including a full 85-minute period silent reading followed by a graded exam on the second day. You can be sure that book exams are one way to learn programming and coding, but in a class full of computers, there are MUCH better ways to learn than reading books.

This class is part of the Pre-Engineering Magnet program. If you really want to be here, you will demonstrate that with your attention to these guidelines. If you do not want to be in this class, the door to Dean Alvarado’s office is across the hall and the rest of the class will help you find your way out.

VGD2 Teacher-Student Agreement
All students will receive a teacher-student agreement to sign on their first day of class. Once the student initials and signs, they will bring the agreement up to the teacher and he will sign it as well. Should there come a time during the semester when a student is continuously failing to abide by the expectations above, this agreement will be reinforced and, if necessary, shown to parents and administration to verify that students understood the rules from day one.