Syllabus

Class Syllabus/Parent Handbook for Mrs. Heiman’s
3rd/4th Grade Classroom 2018-2019

 

To encourage children to follow the rules, be respectful, and learn responsibility, there are many positive teaching techniques I will use for individuals and the entire class.  I will always strive to reinforce appropriate behavior, but I will also provide appropriate consequences for inappropriate behavior.

 

In order to help the students grow in becoming their own problem solvers and encourage them to be responsible for their own behavior, I have a few classroom management procedures that you should be aware of so that we may work together to create a positive learning experience for your child.

 

Class Rules - 1. Be responsible - own your actions

                        2. Listen carefully

                        3. Be kind with your words and actions

                        4. Follow directions

                        5. Raise your hand to speak

 

Whole Class Management - The students will compete against me throughout the day.  If, as a class, they are following instruction, maintaining classroom expectations and are all on task, they will receive a point on the scoreboard.  I will earn a point if the students are not following instructions or are not behaving appropriately.  If the students end the day with more points than I have, they win a star to place on our team jersey.  If they do not, no consequences will be administered; they just will not receive a star.  Once 25 stars have been earned we will treat ourselves to a whole class party or reward of some type.

 

Individual Management - We will have a clip chart in our room and each morning every student will start in the “Dugout” during the day the students will be asked to move their clothespin clip either up or down depending on behavior.  

Up 3: Grand Slam - Students will be rewarded with three punches on their card and a “Brag Sheet” will be sent home.

            Up 2: Homerun - Student will be rewarded with two punches on their card.

            Up 1: Base Hit - Student will be rewarded with one punch on their card.

            Dugout - Starting point for each day - no consequences or rewards

            Down 1: Strike One - No consequence, except no punches will be given.

            Down 2: Strike Two - No punches given and time will be served at recess.

Down 3: Strike Three, You’re Out!- No punches given, time served at recess, and student will fill out a “Think Sheet.” Parent and/or Principal contact may be made also if necessary.

Consequences - Students are free to make their own choices, but in our classroom they will not be free from the consequences of their choices.

 

  1. Think Sheet - A student will be asked to fill out one of these when they have displayed inappropriate behavior.  It asks the student to explain what they did wrong, which rule it broke, how it made them feel, how it may have made others feel, and how they can fix their poor choice.  The student, the teacher, and the parents will all be required to sign this form and it will be kept in the student’s file.  
  2. Additional Consequences - loss of recess time, loss of laptop/iPad privileges, other classroom privileges, parental contact, and/or office referral.

 

 

Rewards -

  1. Stars on class jersey- each day that the students beat me in our teacher vs. students management game they will receive one star to put on our jersey.  Once our jersey is full the class will vote on a class reward.
  2. Positive feedback - this will come in the form of either positive comments, stickers, "Brag Sheets" sent home to parents (this may also happen via Facebook Messenger or text), choice time, etc.
  3. Punch cards- each student will be given a card with space for 20 punches. They will be able to redeem these cards for prizes once they are full.  

 

Facebook Page – I have found this is a quick, easy, and perfect way for us to communicate and show the parents what kinds of cool stuff we are up to. Note: If you prefer that your child is not posted or mentioned on our Facebook page please mark that on the following sheet.

 

Homework Expectations - Daily homework will typically consist of math and spelling practice, 20 minutes of nightly reading (at least 5 times a week), and any work that was not completed in class that day.  Additional homework may include work on long-term assignments, such as projects or reports, and studying for tests. Students may have homework in different subjects on any given night.  This requires them to become responsible and to organize their time and materials.  The development of these skills is essential for success in school and everyday life.

 

Most students benefit from a designated time and a quiet place which is set aside for homework.  If after two to three weeks of school, considerably more than 30 - 40 minutes (not including nightly reading time) is being spent on homework each night, please contact me.  

 

Corrections – Each student will be asked to correct any regular assignment on which they score less than a 70%.  However, they can choose to correct any regular assignment for a chance at full credit back as long as they do it within one day of the assignment being handed back to them.  On tests, the student will be asked to correct anything below 70% with a chance at earning ½ credit back. No other corrections will be allowed on a test.

 

Late/Missing Work - I feel it is very important for students to turn in their work on time.  I do understand when there are times that the students do not understand the homework, or are truly struggling, in that case please just write a note in their planner and I will handle it a school.  However, I do expect to see that they have at least attempted the task, “It is okay not to know, but it is not okay not to try.” If late or missing work becomes a problem in our class I will address it at that time, but you should expect the student will be staying in during one of their recess times or after school (which will be scheduled with a parent in advance), to complete assignments and/or points will be deducted from the assignment (10% per day).

 

Assignment Books - To help your child have a successful academic school year, our school provides each student with an assignment book/planner.  All daily assignments are written on the board and explained orally. Students are required to write their assignments in their planner each morning.  I ask that you go over your child’s assignment book with him/her each night and sign it.

 

There is also a section at the bottom of each day for messages, since I will be checking planners each morning this is a great place to send me a little note.  If students fill their planner out well every day and get a parent signature each evening, they can earn a punch each morning.

 

Friday Folders and Letters - Each Friday, I will be sending home your child’s weekly work and other handouts in their Friday Folder.  Please review the work with your child and their weekly parent letter, which they will write to you about their week at school. The children with receive an extra punch if you write a letter back to them. It doesn’t have to be very long, but it is a great way to foster communication.

 

Snacks – As we eat lunch very early in the day it sometimes very hard to make it until 3:30 without a snack.  I allow each student to bring a snack each day, but I do prefer it is somewhat healthy such as crackers, granola, etc. 

 

Absences - After an absence, all assignments must be made up.  The students have as much time to make up missed work as the number of school days missed. For example, if a student is absent for two days, two days are allotted to make up the missed assignments.  When students are absent, I will prepare an absent file for them, this may be picked up that day by a parent, sent home with a sibling, or it will be ready for them to work on when they return (please call the school with your preference). *It may be necessary for the student to stay in during recess time or after school to make up tests or other assignments.

 

Tests - There will be tests in spelling and reading each Friday (or possibly Thursday on a short week). Tests for math, science, and social studies will be given following each chapter/unit.  

 

Accelerated Reader – The students will each be expected to read and take AR tests to reach a set goal each quarter.  For the first quarter the 3rd graders will be expected to get 4 points; the 4th grade will need 6 points.  For the second quarter, each student will set their own goal with the teacher’s help based on how they did the first quarter.  The students will have a nightly reading log that will need to be signed along with their planner.  Attached to it you will find an AR goal sheet that shows you where they are at in reaching their goal.

 

Promoting Community/Self-Confidence - From the first day of school one of my goals for your child is to create an environment in which they feel safe, welcome, and comfortable in an effort to build their self-confidence and a love for school and learning.  There are various ways in which I will go about doing this, some include:

  1. We will spend time at least once a week doing activities that bring us together as a community.  
  2. We will have class meetings to decide on ways in which to create a feeling of safety and belonging or to discuss any class or school issues that are troubling the students.
  3. We will have a "Brag on a Buddy" program which will allow the students to secretly write appreciations or positive things they think about their classmates or see them do.
  4. On the last Friday of each month we will have “show and tell.” The kids love to share information about their life outside of school and their classmates love learning more about each other, this is a great way to accomplish both. Students will be allowed to bring pictures and items from home to show off to the class.  
  5. Character education will be used to promote such values as respect, acceptance, honesty, generosity, courage, and good judgment.