Expectations & Grading


CLASS EXPECTATIONS (required for optimal communication and language acquisition)


1.     BE POLITE

        There is always only one conversation taking place, involving the whole class – no private conversations, no English.

        Listen to and look at the person speaking.

        Use good manners to show respect for people and property.

        Be silent and listen during announcements.

        Help each other out.

 

2.     PAY ATTENTION

        Sit up straight and make eye contact with the person speaking.

        Listen and read to understand.

        Signal when the teacher going too fast or being unclear, and when you see someone else signal.

        Follow along with the reading.

        Nothing on the desk or in your hands.

        NO electronics in sight during class.


3.     CONTRIBUTE

        Come to class on time and stay in class.

        Answer all questions addressed to the class, or signal that something is not clear.

        Contribute to class discussions, avoiding English.

        Stay on task.

        Volunteer.

        Ask pertinent questions.

        Review regularly by studying the material on the website.

        When absent, study the material on the class webpage and submit any required make-up work.

 

4.     SPEAK ONLY FRENCH (unless translating)

        Communicate only in French during class time, even with classmates.



 

DAILY INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION RUBRIC


4 (=100)

I always behave respectfully.

I pay attention by listening carefully, sitting up straight, and making eye contact with the person speaking.

I answer all of the questions addressed to the class.

I actively contribute to class discussions.

I follow along when the class is reading.

I always signal when Madame is going too fast or being unclear.

I speak only French during class time, even with my classmates.


3 (=75)

I always behave respectfully.

I pay attention by listening carefully, sitting up straight, and making eye contact with the person speaking.

I answer most of the questions addressed to the class.

I actively listen to class discussions, but I do not contribute.

I follow along when the class is reading.

I sometimes signal when Madame is going too fast or being unclear.


2 (=50)

I sometimes get distracted, or I don't bother making eye contact with the person speaking.

I answer some of the questions addressed to the class.

I don't contribute to class discussions.

I sometimes follow along when the class is reading.

I don't bother signaling when Madame is going too fast or being unclear.

I try to speak some French, but I also speak English during class.


1 (=25) or 0

I don't pay attention, or I put my head down during class.

I use my cell phone and/or refuse to put it away during class.

I don't answer any questions. I don't make any contribution to class discussions.

I disrupt the class or distract my classmates.

I repeatedly speak English during class.

I don't follow along while the class is reading. I don't answer any questions.


Additional point deductions:

–10 Missing class time (tardy or pass; per 5mn)

–15 Not reading at the beginning of class

–10 Refusing to practice pronunciation



ABSENCES

You are required to make up the work you miss due to any absence. Whenever you are absent for any reason, study the material on your class's webpage. Written make-up work (see the "Rattrapage" page for ideas) must be submitted, within one week of an absence, for any absence after the first three per quarter, or you've earned a grade of zero for that missed class. Important exception: a class cut automatically earns you a zero for that class, plus a 45-minute after-school detention.



GRADING

Grading at Reid: Your grade for the year will be a the average of your four quarter grades. Each quarter grade will be based on national standards, as follows:

         -         the INTERPERSONAL mode of communication (daily interpersonal communication grade, according to the rubric above) = 50%

         -         the INTERPRETATIONAL mode of communication (reading and listening comprehension quizzes) = 50%


Grading at Taconic: Your grade for the year will be a the average of your four quarter grades. Each quarter grade will be based on national standards, as follows:

         -         the INTERPERSONAL mode of communication (daily interpersonal communication grade, according to the rubric above) = 50%

         -         the INTERPRETATIONAL mode of communication (reading and listening comprehension quizzes) = 45%

         -         a quarterly benchmark exam = 5%


I do my best to give you feedback on your work as soon as possible and keep your grades updated. You may check your grades any time on PowerSchool. Please see me immediately if you have a question or concern about your grades, or if you see that I've made an error.



Contacting Mme Cusson: 
I may be reached most efficiently by email at kcusson@pittsfield.net