I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and to acquaint you with some of our classroom policies regarding attendance, behavior, teamwork, homework, assignments, and the use of computerized technology. As partners in your child's education, I would like for you to be fully aware of how our classroom will operate this year. I have set high expectations for your child's behavior and academic performance, and I believe that what happens in this classroom will enhance your child's academic growth and affect their future. Therefore, it is imperative that we have an open line of communication. I am delighted to have your child in my class this year and look forward to working with you. If you have any questions or comments regarding any item in this letter, the syllabus, or the classroom policies/procedures, please feel free to contact me.
Just as attendance is important to success in the workplace, it is equally as important to success in class. Due to the competitive nature of today's job market, we must instill in students the importance of regular attendance. Furthermore, whenever students are absent from class, they might miss out on important information that could be crucial to their understanding of certain key concepts that will affect later performance.
Students are expected to treat others with respect and dignity. It is my belief that in order for learning to take place in a classroom environment, students must feel safe enough to share their thoughts and opinions without the threat of belittlement. Therefore, I will insist that there is a reverence for the ideas of others in our classroom.
Due to the ever increasing amounts of available information and the varying abilities of people, working as a team enables students to learn from one another while sharing the work load. Naturally certain responsibilities accompany this privilege. As team members, individuals must fulfill their commitments to the team by their attendance, helpfulness, and completion of tasks in a timely manner.
In order for students to complete all of the individual and team assignments, it will be necessary for them to spend at least fifteen minutes each night on their assignments. Success requires both physical effort in the careful completion of assignments and mental effort in reviewing class notes each night. Students are given a weekly calendar informing them and you of all class work as well as homework. It is very important for students to review these on a daily basis.
Homework assignments give students the opportunity to practice some of the life skills that are important to success. Team assignments give students a chance to practice these same skills and learn the importance of collaborative work. Projects, presentations, and research papers allow students to demonstrate what they have learned in ways they might find more interesting and relevant to their respective futures.
Students will be required to use a word processor for major writing assignments. Internet research will be required for some projects. Various types of technology will be used throughout the year in an effort to increase student understanding and facilitate classroom instruction.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have throughout the year.
Your partner in education,