Coding Procedures and Expectations

Class Procedures and Expectations

1. Entering the room:

Enter quietly and politely (Greeting). Sit in "cool kid" position. Last in line closes the door (Always).

2. Lining up:

Stand up quietly; push in your chair; leave the room the way it was when you entered (Keyboard pushed in); stand behind your chair silently; lineup when randomly chosen student presses lineup button, without touching others or talking; When in line students should face the front of the line, silently, to prepare for hallway expectations.

3. Participating in group lessons:

Do not bring anything with you unless I ask you to; politely find a place to sit where you can do your best learning (in your seat or on the carpet); if in your chair, sit flat, not on your knees, or leaning in your chair; listen carefully for new information; raise your hand to speak; do not speak when someone else is speaking.

4. Obtaining help with assignments:

Quietly ask the students in your group for help with directions if you need it; if you are working alone, raise your hand to get help from me; if you are working with a group, ask them for help in understanding how you do the assignment. I am always here for you after you have followed these steps.

5. When and how to use the school restroom:

We have a code to signal for the restroom (crossed fingers). I will point to you to signal my permission, so that group lesson is not interrupted.  If I say "no," it’s because there are too many students out of the room; leave the room quietly; do not play in the restroom; return to class before two minutes have passed (promptly).  One boy and one girl, at most, out of the room at a time. If there is a bathroom emergency, always go, no matter what.

6.  When and how to use the pencil sharpener:

At the beginning of each assignment, the person I've chosen to be the "Pencil Sharpener"; only the "Pencil Sharpener" can run the sharpener and empty it.

7. Getting a tissue:

You may get a tissue from the closest tissue box whenever you need one; you don't even have to ask; throw the used tissue away immediately; make sure it lands in the trash can; get right back to work.  

8. Visitors in the classroom:

When visitors enter the room, let the designated classroom "host" or "hostess" greet them; a smile is great!; remember, most visitors are here to watch you learn, so be ready to explain what you are working on; treat visitors respectfully.

9. Fire drill:

Stop everything; stand up and lineup, just like when we exit the room. Our “pencil sharpener” will grab or emergency card, then join the back of the line. You should be facing the front, silently, so that we may hear any directions given to us on the intercom. We will proceed through the recess doors. We are the closest to an exit, which means we need to be out of the school before other classes or we will be blocked in. Any student who does not follow these directions during a fire drill Will receive a write up.

10. Signals for attention:

When I need your attention, I will clap my hands; as soon as you hear the signal, stop what you are doing, turn your body around to look at me, and listen for directions.

11. Helping other students:

In a cooperative classroom, it is good to help one another; if someone needs help with directions or reading an assignment, help him or her if you are able; if someone needs help with understanding the problem, tell him or her to ask me for help; never put down another student who asks for help.

12. What to do during “Just Right” time:

If you finish an assignment, first work on any unfinished assignments; when you finish those, you may choose to do Study Island, Reading Eggs,, read a book, write a story, illustrate a book, make up math problems, peer-tutor someone who needs your help, ask me.

13. Buddy room/ Safe seat:
Students should NEVER feel in trouble, if they stay in my room. Students have 4 options for in room recovery. Student can complete reflection sheet, look at a book (Chill Chair), color in the coloring corner, look in a mirror (Kelso's Korner), or creates a comic to walk through an alternative situation. We should only use these places once per class for only the time we need to recover. Students should return as soon as they are ready. If they do not return, teacher will check on them, and encourage them to return quickly. If student does not take advantage of these tasks they will be sent to a buddy room. Only at last resort they will be sent to the office.