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Response to mopinko (Reply #6)
Sun Sep 8, 2013, 11:43 AM
mbperrin (7,337 posts)
9. Do you teach?
I do. I teach inclusion classes at the senior high school level, economics and government this year.
What this means is that I have "regular" students, special ed, deaf, wheelchair, blind, 504 (dyslexic and other conditions not special ed which require modifications), 5th year (up to 8th year) seniors who are now overage 19-22 years old, exchange students, students on probation or parole, English Language Learners, with an average of 32 in the classroom, which has 3 student computers and a smartboard for technology.
I have a special ed inclusion teacher for 5 of my 6 classes every day, and I have a deaf interpreter one period.
The room is 22' x 24', and is part of the 1946 addition to our 1909 high school, renovated in 1988 to include air conditioning.
Here's the sum total of my rules for handling 32 students and up to three teachers at a time:
Special note on classroom behaviors and etiquette:
Mutual respect is the key to civilized behavior. We will all use normal courtesy when dealing with each other at all times, such as saying “Please” and “Thank you” and by listening attentively when others are speaking and by having something to say when talking. “Content-free” comments are a waste of everybody’s time.
In addition, I have no problem with bringing drinks to class, provided that all trash ends up in the trash can at the end of the period. Please, no food. No one, including me, will be excused during class to purchase snacks or drinks from any source, including vending machines and the cookie fund-raiser across the street.
Absolutely no hats or electronic devices will be permitted. They are unwelcome distractions to our learning environment.
Cheating is unprofitable, and therefore, will not occur.
Please just throw out all the rules there that you find stupid. Thanks.
(Oh, I forgot to mention that 85% of my students graduate each year and have for 18 years now.)
"No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up." - Lily Tomlin
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