Below are clarifications about some policies listed in this year's Student Handbook plus my classroom policies. If you have any questions, just ask!

  1. LEAVING CLASS
    If going to the bathroom, use the bathroom pass (only one person at a time). If leaving for another reason you will need a written note -- either from me or from somebody requesting you (counselor, office, etc.).

  2. TARDIES
    I will mark you tardy if you are not in the classroom ready for class (that is, at the desks away from the computers). Per school policy, three tardies means a consequence (likely after-school detention).

  3. FOOD/DRINKS
    Food and drinks can be bad news around computers and other electronics. Please don't have food or drinks out in the classroom. Eat/Drink only at the tables away from the computers.

  4. HEADPHONES
    The only time you should have headphones on in class is while listening to videos related to your project. If you are watching/listening to music then you are not communicating and collaborating with your partner and you forfeit the points for the day.

  5. CELL PHONES
    Cell phones are great... outside of the STEM lab. Use your iPad and the computers to do class work. If I see you plugged into earbuds, texting or on social media I will take your phone away.

  6. OFF TASK & SOCIALIZING
    There are so many ways to get off task. Remember, you chose your partner. If you are off socializing with other students you're not getting work done *and* you're distracting at least one other person. Stay focused on your work!

  7. EXTRA CREDIT
    Especially good work deserves something extra! I love giving extra points -- for an excellent project, a great reflection entry, or a fabulous presentation. Just be caught up with all your work so it really is extra.

  8. GRADES
    I post grades weekly, generally on the weekend for Monday morning. That means academic eligibility is based on the previous week, although if something changes I'll let your coach know (good or bad). When a project is done, I'll allow students to "resubmit" their work within a week to improve their grade.

  9. PARTNERS
    Choose your partner wisely! Best friends don't always make good partners. Do you really want to do all the work? What if you're really hands-on but don't like writing -- who is going to do that part (the daily log)? I suggest finding somebody whose work style complements your own so you both bring strengths, instead of just finding the funniest slacker in the room.

  10. HOMEWORK
    There is no homework in this class! That means the work you do in class is everything. That said, if you have done some cool STEM-related things on your own time please let me know about them! I may even send some extra credit your way.

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Christopher Van Dyke,
Aug 10, 2015, 9:01 PM