- Students are assigned seats in collaborative pairs of two. During an investigation, pairs may work together in groups of four. Particular group members have roles during investigation tasks such as reader, writer (recorder, reporter, secretary), director (spokesperson, monitor/manager, presenter, leader), checker (timekeeper, safety officer, clean-up leader, materials manager), etc.
- To help the classroom run smoothly, student volunteers will help hand out materials, put handouts in Absent Folders, get equipment, gather papers, etc.
- To enter the classroom after being greeted & invited in by your teacher, walk into the room using a school voice. Take the shortest path to your seat. When you are lining up in the hallway by the door, please do so quietly.
- When you enter the classroom, sit in your seat and begin the Do Now/Bell Ringer task. Oftentimes the Do Now is to get your interactive science notebook (ISN) ready for our science tasks, but it may also be an ice breaker, reading, journal entry, word problem or riddle, or writing down two things you’ve learned. Record your Home Learning in your planner at the beginning of each class during the Do Now/Bell Ringer.
- The Focus Question, Learning Tasks, and Home Learning are posted on the board daily.
- To get your attention, restore a conversation noise level, or cue clean up time, I may use a trigger signal such as the ringing of the chime. When you hear the signal, it is time to “Give Me 5!” What is five? 1. Focus your eyes on the speaker. 2. Be quiet. 3. Be still. 4. Empty your hands. 5. Listen.
- If you need to leave the classroom, please inform the teacher and get your planner signed. Keys to the lav are on the hook by the door. Sign out on the Hallway Pass Google Form and remember to sign back in.
- At the end of each class, clean up & inventory your materials. Wash your hands. Push in your chair. Class is not dismissed until the room is in order and supplies are accounted for. Then I will dismiss you.
- If you are absent, check the class blog or Google Classroom. You may also collect any missed handouts for learning tasks and home learning in your Absent Folder. At the end of class, check with the teacher to schedule a time to make up assessments or labs.
- In an emergency fire drill, be quiet and listen to teacher directions. Line up in front of the door to exit the room. Leave the school by the exit next to room A-20. Remain in this assigned area until directed to do otherwise.
- For a lockdown, be quiet and listen to teacher directions. Move to the wall with the sink. If you have a cell phone and it is not already off, turn it off or set it to vibrate. Do not leave the classroom. Remain in “lockdown” until directed to do otherwise.
- In a stay-put, be quiet and listen to teacher directions. Normal classroom instruction will continue but remain in the classroom until directed otherwise.
Norms for Independent Work
Independent work looks like:
- Electronics turned off and put away, unless being used for a specific assignment, such as research, writing, or reading an ebook.
- Focusing on a task we’re working on.
- Working on an alternate task once we’re finished with the current task.
- Hands up for questions.
Independent work sounds like:
- Silence, unless conferring with the teacher in a whisper voice.
- Walking quietly, if getting up to sharpen a pencil or throw something away.
- Not making a lot of noise with school supplies. No food.