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Portfolio Season

Policies and Procedure


Late Policy

A little late to class is too late to class. I need to be in my seat with my materials ready and ready to work when the bell rings. If I need to sharpen my pencil or turn in something to my teacher, it is my responsibility to do these things as soon as possible when I enter the classroom. It is a pain to be on time when I would rather talk to my friends, but I have a responsibility to myself and the rest of the class to be on time as arriving late disrupts the entire learning process. I have too much to do in class, so I really do not have time to be late. In addition it is disrespectful to my teacher, my peers and to myself. To remind me of the rule to be in class and in my seat when the tardy bell rings, I will write and write and write.


Late policy

When you are late to class, in order to be admitted to the room:

Copy this entire paragraph on a separate sheet of paper.

Knock on the door when you are finished. I will come open the door and inspect your work for completion. I reserve the right to not allow you into the room if you have not completed your task satisfactorily.

This will serve as your “pass” into this classroom and will remind you why being late to class is both rude and unfair to your classmates who are on time.


Sign-out policy

 There is a binder on the book shelf next to the door.  You must sign this book before you leave my room FOR ANY reason.  BEFORE you have asked for a pass you must sign the sign out book.  BEFORE SIGNING THIS SIGN OUT BOOK, I need you to think of:   YOU:  If you can stop taking notes, stop listening to instruction and stop working?

Me:  Can I stop my instruction at this exact moment?

 Can I stop working with a student?


Passing Back Work

 I will pass back work that offers you critical feedback as often

as I possibly can.

 However, if you are not here on the day that I pass back work to you, then please check the folders on the gray shelf

daily for graded work.

 It is your responsibility to take work that I have checked over. You will learn and improve from this work.


Email Procedures

Email about to become very critical in the upcoming weeks.  It is important that all of you understand the proper etiquette to writing an email.  Always address me in your email.

 Do not text me in an email.  Have complete and proper sentences. (Every sentence should have at least a capital letter and punctuation.)  Make sure you are clear and concise.

 Always close your email with your name.  Check your email daily  If you do not have a formal email, then get one. (A detroitdenby email is preferable, but any formal gmail will do.)


Submitting Papers- 0 Tolerance

 Indent your paragraphs  Capitalize proper nouns (Names, “I”)  Capitalize the first letter of each new sentence and Do not randomly capitalize words that you know do not deserve a capital letter  A lot is two words  Don’t text me on your paper and do not use slang words  Put punctuation mark at the end of EVERY sentence.  Put a proper heading on THE LEFT side of your paper. IN THIS ORDER!!!

 Name    Date Class and hour (for example ELA 6) Instructor  Write a title, and put it in the center underneath the heading.


Submitting Papers-etiquette

 Do not email anything in the body of an email  Always “share” in a Google doc (preferable)  Write your name in the .Google doc  Email something to me as an attachment  Upload something to me through the website


Taking Notes

 There will be a lot of note taking in preparation for your portfolios.  Some we will do as a class, some you will do on your own.  These notes will be worth 10 points each.  I suggest you find a place to place to store or organize your notes as many of your notes you will have to go back and refer to.  You will never turn your notes in. I will simply ask you to put your notes out on the desk and I will come and give you points for them. (Again, keeping organized is key here.)


Computer Policy

 Every one will be assigned #’d computers by the end of the week. This will be your computer until May.  You are responsible for reporting to me if your computer is not working. We have a fantastic tech in the building who will get the computers up and running for you, but it will not be as simple getting another computer.  In addition, you are responsible for monitoring what you do on the computers. We will conference often but unfortunately I cannot monitor what you do every minute of every class period.  Here is my policy: I am giving you a lot of rope. Don’t hang yourself with it.  Those of you who do, will be humiliated in the end.


Cell Phone Policy

From this image, can someone infer what my cell phone policy going forward is?


Cell phone policy

When the traffic light is red, that means I need your full attention. I need you listening, taking notes and asking questions. When the traffic light is yellow, I don’t mind if the cell phones are out, but no headphones. I may need to conference with you, and I need to know I can call your name and you will answer. I may also have announcements that are important for the class to hear .

Green light signifies that as long as you are working you may have cell phones and head phones out. I understand many students can multi task I know many students work better with headphones.


Remind 101

 This is an app that I can use to text class updates, reminders and due dates.  I can also text you if I am going to stay late, or be here on Saturdays. (Especially as we get down to the end.)  I can remind you about blog posts and other portfolio related assignments.  If you would like to sign up for this feature, sign up at this podium. I will need your name and your cell phone number.



 The new website has many new features.

 Portfolio page  Research pages  Independent reading site –still working