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First Day of Class - Rules & Routines

A presentation to welcome my students to their first day of school, and introduce them to me, my expectations, and my classroom rules and procedures.

Nicole Petraitis

on 3 September 2014

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Transcript of First Day of Class - Rules & Routines

2) Keep an organized binder and folder, it will be checked!

3) Keep all classwork

4) Keep up on all journal entries. This will count as a summative grade.
1) Always use MLA heading
Date - 9 September 2013
Matrix Partners preso!
Harvard Business Review
How to lower the cost of enterprise sales?
Be respectful
to Ms. Greene's class!
Where we all start with a CLEAN SLATE :)
About Me
About Ms. Greene
I'm from
Monmouth Beach but now live in Shark River Hills
Also lived in Florida & NYC
What are they?
How do I enter?
help the classroom run smoothly,
Nurse's Office?
One person at a time!
Don't be a mess!
During class discussions, please raise your hand
If you need to get up for any reason during direct instruction, please ask my permission first
During group work if you hear music and/or see my hand in the air, that means I need your attention immediately.
If you need to throw something out, please wait until direct instruction is over
Do not leave any garbage on the floors or inside the desk or we will have to go to a strict no eating/drinking in the classroom
Please keep your area clean and walkways clear of bags/backpacks
All classroom materials must be returned before leaving the room.
Intelligence is not a fixed trait!
Help me!
Shore Regional High School
Rutgers University - BA
Monmouth University - MAT
5th year teaching (previously worked on Wall St, NYC)
Peer Group Connection (PGC) Advisor
Poetry Club Advisor
Newspaper and Literary Magazine Advisor
Be engaged
Be safe
Your brain is a muscle that will GROW with EXERCISE!
If you need to go to the nurse, please ask for a pass
Please try to use the bathroom during independent or group work
Not during the first or last 10 minutes of class
Must turn in one "Pass Out of Class"
Sign out at the door and always take a pass
Can I go to the...?
Enter quietly and take your seat.
Grab your journal
Be seated and begin your "Do Now" right away
Any homework is to be placed in the bin upon entering.
Consequences can be negative AND positive!
All school rules are in place in our classroom.
& Routines
Lessons Learned
When you
to break the rules, there are
First time
Second time
Parent phone call home & referral
Third Time
Removed from class

There is a zero tolerance policy for behavior issues. Be respectful, do what is asked of you and stay out of trouble!
Notes and calls home.
Free writing/reading time
Knowledge! And other prizes!

Absent from

Summative (70%)- Tests, major essays, projects, journals
Formative (30%)- Quizzes, vocabulary activities, discussion questions, graphic organizers, homework, binders, participation & preparedness
Check the Absent Folder & Teacher website
All missing work is due the class following your absence
"I wasn't here that day" is never a valid excuse - it is your responsibility to find out what you missed
If you attain 20 unexcused absences you will be awarded no credit
Credit recovery will be assigned to any student who attains 5 unexcused absences in any 1 particular class in any 1 marking period.
Your time will be made up on a Saturday.
If you attain 6 unexcused absences, you will automatically receive a 60.
"All who have meditated on the art of governing [hu]mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth"
- Aristotle
Come inside quietly and without distracting others.
You must come to SAP at the end of the day to make up what you missed.
Excessive tardiness will result in disciplinary action & a lower grade
If you are over 30 minutes late, it will count as an absence
Late to class?
When class is over...
You are not dismissed by the bell. You are dismissed by your teacher.
Remain seated until you are dismissed - no gathering by the door!
When you leave, push in your chair, make sure your desk is clear of garbage and that you have all of your belongings.
What makes someone successful?
Pants/Dresses/Skirts- Khaki/black colored
No yoga pants, gym short/pants, leggings, etc
Tops- Solid green, gray, or white collared shirts or collared blouses
No hats, sunglasses or flip-flops
If you are in violation of the dress code, you will
be allowed in the classroom
Please fill out the following information on the note card:

Email (if you have one)

Parent/Guardian Name

Parent/Guardian Phone Number
Parent/Guardian Email

Do your best
In case you forget, I'll
Throughout the year I will be keeping in contact with you via text.
If you have a phone, please text 732-333-6634 with the message:
@msgreenelb - All students
@greenea1 - A1 only
@greened2 - D2 only
I will be sending you texts through the year with important reminders (like CUTOFF DATES) and other cool stuff!

Welcome to English!

Today, you may choose where to sit (although I might move you around once we get started).

Please take a piece of white paper and a marker and create a nametag for yourself. See my model on the table.

I'm excited to meet all of you!

Quietly get up and push your chair in.
Out the door, to the left, down the stairwell to the LEFT.
You MUST remain together throughout the entire drill.
When drill is over, immediately return to class and continue working.
Need proof?
No exit ticket? No Exit!
What are you wearing?!
Cell phones/ipods/tablets/etc are to be on silent and away AT ALL TIMES
There will be activities and times when I will allow you to use your device, for educational purposes. During these times any off-task behavior will result in disciplinary action and a banning of devices for all students.
Be respectful and don't take advantage!
Cutoff dates - NO work accepted after, results in zero
Textbook or novel
Independent Reading Material*
What do I need to bring?
Being prepared for class is part of your grade. If you are unprepared, how can you succeed?
Attendance & Introductions
Please share the following with your neighbor:
1) Name
2) One fun thing you did this summer or one interesting fact about yourself
Be ready to introduce your neighbor to the class!
Student Autobiography & Collage
For the first couple of days, we will be working on an activity that will allow you to share some things about yourself.
Your first assignment is to write an autobiography (I will provide an outline).
You will also be required to decorate a puzzle piece. This puzzle piece should be a reflection of you! (Interests, Goals, Quotes, Pictures)
Sample Collages (not puzzle pieces)
Exit Ticket
On the slip provided, tweet about something you will take away from class today.
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