To ensure all students receive the greatest benefit from their courses, it is important that each student commit to some basic classroom expectations that will ensure a successful year. My expectations for all participants in the courses I facilitate are as follows:
Be Safe: For learning to occur, people need to feel safe, both physically and emotionally. It is every student’s responsibility to ensure everyone in the class is safe. This is where rules like "No throwing things" and "No name calling come from".
Treat others as you would like to be treated- a.k.a the Law of Mutual Respect. If we are to learn together, we must respect each other. If you are talking in class when someone else is talking, this is not showing respect. When you have a question, or an idea you should be heard. When the Teacher is trying to help you and your classmates learn, the Teacher needs to be heard without interruptions.
You are responsible for you: (Your Behavior, Your Attitude, Your Marks, Your homework) Ultimately you are responsible for what you learn or don’t learn, Your Teachers and Classmates can try and help, but they can not do it for you.
Learning is a Contact Sport… Participation is required. Learning is hard; it can not be done by osmosis. You need to engage in the class. this includes regular attendance, class discussions and homework.
Pay it Forward - Sir Issac Newton once said “If I have seen farther than some it is because I have stood on the backs of Giants.” That is to say others have helped you get to where you are, so if you see someone who needs a hand…. Give them a hand.