NO EATING, DRINKING, OR CHEWING GUM
AT COMPUTER WORKSTATIONS
The average cost of a classroom computer is nearly $650. Spills, crumbs, and sticky fingers will make your keyboard, your mouse, and your computer difficult to work with in other classes. These are shared computers and must be treated that way. There are absolutely NO exceptions for eating, drinking, or chewing gum at the computer.
4-MINUTE RESTROOM BREAKS
The number one priority of every public school teacher is to ensure the safety of the students in their classroom. Milwee Middle School is an open campus, which means that once a student leaves the classroom, the teacher can no longer monitor their safety. Students who leave the classroom to use the restroom for longer than 4 minutes will become a concern for the teacher, unless the student notifies the teacher that they may need a little more time. Exceptions can always be made, but for the most part, this will be strictly enforced.
Freeze time is the first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes of each class. DO NOT ASK whether it is freeze time or not. Use the schedule and use the clock on your computer. Clock reading is a first grade skill.
The teacher is a great resource for solving problems, but in a room of 30 computers and 30 students, that teacher is only one person. Make a habit of seeking help, asking questions, and collaborating with partners and other students. The C3B4ME guideline is a basic rule of mutual respect. If the teacher is working with another student, do not shout out for the teacher to come help you or become frustrated when you are not immediately served. Be patient and look for help in multiple ways.
APPROPRIATE SEARCHES ONLY
Curiosity is natural, but in a public school, computers are not private. The computers you use are public property and are managed as public equipment. Throughout the semester, our class will almost always be online in one form or another, but this requires students to exercise responsibility and integrity. Do not intentionally search for things that are inappropriate or offensive or you will immediately be taken off your computer for the remainder of the class period. Second and third offenses will be more severe.
THE FOUR PEGS OF TEAMWORK:
PATIENCE, ENCOURAGEMENT, GRACE & SUPPORT
Everyone in the classroom learns at a different pace. Some are quicker than others. Some take a little more time. For all students to have success, all students are expected to practice patience, to be encouraging, to be gracious, and to be supportive. Continual rudeness and impatience will lead to an unproductive learning environment and the class will be much less enjoyable by everyone in the room.
ZERO TOLERANCE FOR OFFENSIVE OR ABUSIVE LANGUAGE
There are some things that can be occasionally tolerated in a classroom. A phone that accidentally rings. An unexpected outburst from a student. Things happen. But offensive or abusive/hurtful language is not just something that happens. And it is never an accident. This classroom has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy on inappropriate language, which means that cursing or verbally abusing another student will get you immediately disciplined.
RESET YOUR WORKSTATION
The classroom also has a simple routine toward the end of each class period (the last 3-5 minutes or so). When the teacher says that it’s time to wrap up, these are the things you are responsible for doing:
- SAVE any documents or work you’ve done up to that point
- Flip your name card to the next class period
- Log off your computer
- Turn off your screen
- Push in your chair
All five steps will ensure that you do not lose work and that your computer workstation is completely ready for the next student to sit down and start their work. During the first week of the semester, we will work as a class to practice and form this habit. After the first week, students will be asked to stay after class if they do not follow this expectation.
MUTUAL RESPECT IN THE CLASSROOM
- Why It’s Important? – If you want people to consistently respect you, you have to earn it by consistently respecting others. The classroom can be a great environment for laughing, learning, and even loudness, but that environment can become extremely unproductive if and when there is a lack of mutual respect. Students must respect other students. Students must respect the teacher. And the teacher must also respect the students.
- Volume Respect – One of the biggest problems of disrespect in a classroom of nearly 30 students is when students become so excessively loud that they don’t even consider another group’s need for concentration. When one group gets loud, other groups get louder, and eventually, the entire class is off the rails and completely out of control. This cannot and will not happen. A programming class like Web Design or Video Game Design does not work with elementary students, but it does work with students who are prepared and willing to behave with mature enthusiasm.
- Bell/Speaker Respect – Both the tardy bell and the loudspeaker deserve as much respect as teachers and classmates. When the bell rings, you are expected to be IN your seat, not just barely getting to class or still coming around the corner. If you are not IN your seat when the bell rings, you will be marked as tardy. Similarly, if the loudspeaker bell goes off, that means someone is about speak and although it may not have anything to do with you personally, there’s a good possibility that the information is important to someone. In the same way that you respect each other and your teacher, respect these bells.
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, etc) will receive consequences in the following order:
- First Offense: Warning Only
- Second Offense: Student will be banned from their computer for a single class period to watch from the sidelines.
- Third Offense: Student will be banned from their computer for two class periods, receive a phone call home, receive an extensive chapter reading from a book about web design or video game design, and be expected to complete a graded exam that goes with the reading. R E
- Fourth Offense and Beyond: Student will get a phone call home, a formal write up, and ultimately be dismissed from the classroom. Anyone getting to this point has demonstrated that they are not prepared to handle the class.
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.
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 the first day they stepped in the classroom.