Room 15 is not Mrs. Kendall's class, it is Mrs. Kendall's and her Tribal Kids' classroom of Learning and Leadership. Therefore, it is not my job to create rules and you follow. Instead, I have set a few guidelines that will help you be successful in our class. The first week of school will be an opportunity to expand upon some of those guidelines and create classroom rules and missions that we can follow and be successful at.Heading of a Paper
It is important that you get credit for what you work so hard on. If there is not a name on a paper, I am not able to give anyone credit. There will be a no name paper box in the classroom where such papers will go. That box will be dumped every two weeks. Make sure to apply habits one and three (be proactive and put first things first) and write your heading on ALL papers you turn into me.
On the top right hand corner of all applicable papers, you will write:
Subject and Assignment
Writing, Spelling test
As part of a team in our Tribal Classroom, it is really important that we hold each other accountable and respect the learning time in the classroom.
In order to keep us on the road to success, you will often hear me say “Nipe Tano”, which is “give me five” in Swahili.
As soon as you hear this you will hold up five fingers and do the following to show me you are ready:
1. Silent mouths
2. Still feet
3. Quiet hands
4. Open ears
5. Eyes on the teacher/leader
As fourth grade leaders it is our responsibility to make sure that we are setting an example for those smaller leaders that will become 44th grade leaders one day. When we line up to go to music, P.E., library, lunch or an assembly, you should move quickly and quietly into line.
When we are in line we have four simple rules that we will use:
· Line up in number order
· Stay in line facing forward (safety)
· Keep hands and feet to yourselves (safety)
· Voices off (courtesy).
As a team this year we will follow the HALLS acronym. We will stop whenever needed in order to make this acronym part of our natural behavior in our school and out in the community.
Hands to yourself
All eyes forward
Space between you and me
Turning in Assignments
In order to be successful leaders of tomorrow, we have to learn how to be independent today. Turning in assignments will be your responsibility. You will ALWAYS know when an assignment is due by checking your planner, the planner on the white board and the calendar.
Daily assignments are to be turned in when you get into class in the morning. You will either drop your assignment into the correct folder, or you will take the appropriate assignment slip and place it in your missing assignment pocket.
Because we are just learning how to be self-sufficient, if you are EVER having difficulty, whether it be on a daily assignment or an independent project, make sure you ask the teacher for help. I am always here to help and make sure that you are set up for success. I will be flexible with due dates, if you are responsible and proactive enough to work with me and let me know you are in need of help. However, if you do not ask for help, or wait until the day it is due, it will be hard for me to set a new due date and work with you. If a pattern of late work develops, parents will be notified and we will need to get a plan set up for you.
Because our classroom is a place for learning, making mistakes and growing as a leader, there will be multiple opportunities to self-correct. We need to remember to begin with the end in mind when doing this. Our end is to identify areas of weakness and learn from them as well as acknowledge our areas of strengths and celebrate them. If we lose track of that end goal, we are cheating ourselves and no one else.
· It is your responsibility to correct with a correcting utensil and not a pencil. This will helpyou to see what you need to fix and prevent confusion.
· Listen carefully, and ask for repeats or help when needed
· Be honest with yourself. It is not about how many you got correct. It is ALL aboutlearning from mistakes and growing as a learner/leader.