Behavior Expectations

Students are expected to be present, punctual, and prepared for class each day. 

  • Be a polite and positive participant; speak in a normal tone of voice and listen attentively.
  • Be productive; turn in work on time, and always do your best.
  • Be honest; plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses that are unacceptable in my classes and will be handled according to school guidelines.
  • Develop habits that will assist you in becoming a life-long learner.
  • Show respect:
    • Value yourself. Be honest and ethical, and practice strong moral values.
    • Treat everyone with politeness and respect.
    • Honor the ideas and opinions of others.
    • Offer to help.
    • Be responsible with property and belongings.
  • Should students or parents have concerns about some aspect of the course, instruction, or assessment, I request that they please discuss the matter directly with me in an attempt to reach resolution.

All of this boils down to one guiding rule for this course: Respect.

Technology Expectations

During class, you’re expected to work only on class work, especially when working in a computer lab; any time you spend on other sites—Dolphin Olympics, failblog, whathaveyou—I reserve the right to remove your computer access for the duration of class.  Similarly, all uses of cell phones and MP3 players is to be done out of class time.  Please keep these devices in your pockets or backpacks.  If I see you using one in class, I reserve the right to confiscate it and make several long distance calls to Fiji.  Additionally, you will be expected to call home during class and explain how you have disrespected me, the class, and your classmates which has resulted in at least an hour detention.  Repeated violations will result in escalated responses:

  • contact parent, phone confiscation for the entire day, and one hour detention
  • contact parent, phone confiscation and sent to dean of students, student referral and three hour detention
  • contact parent, phone confiscation and sent to dean of students, student referral and three hour detention, and parent will need to see dean to get phone returned
  • (escalations continue as needed)

It is highly recommended that every student have a flash drive to save their work.  Many times you will not want to post your “in process” assignment for the world to see; thus, you will need a way to save it and transport it to and from school.  Be aware that new district policies prohibit the download or opening of documents being sent via email accounts for students.  Ergo, using yahoo or gmail to email the document will not be an option.

Some online activities may be used for students to respond to work in class, complete homework assignments, and store a portfolio of written work to aid in the reflection of learning over time. These blogs might also be used to communicate with students and even adults in the outside world, so important policies and strategies in conducting respectful online communications and in protecting your identity from not so nice people in the online world are part of the class curriculum.

Homework Expectations

There will be homework for this class which will include reading and writing both online and offline.  Work in English comes not as a steady stream but as sizable chunks.  You must learn to pace your assignments over weeknights and weekends in conjunction with work from other classes and extracurricular demands.  If your total workload becomes too intense because of assignments from other courses and such, TELL ME!  I may readjust due dates; I may not – it depends on the situation.  If you do not understand an assignment, it is your responsibility to seek out the comprehension.  Check with me during class, email me before or after school, ask your friends, etc.  You are expected to attempt every assignment even if you are unable to complete the assignment because of confusion.  Non-attempts are penalized more than assignments that are not completed because of confusion.   

Reading Expectations

Novels and plays used in class are used on rotational basis depending on the need of the students to prepare them for future courses and the “real-world”. On average, we will read and closely examine four-eight of the novels/plays, depending on the grade level and overall course requirements.  Various poetry, songs, non-fiction, news articles, essays, and short stories will be incorporated throughout the year to explore themes and encourage critical thinking.  Courses are not just about reading classics and knowing the general plot and characters.  It is more about learning to think about common human experiences, challenges, and triumphs; it is to learn to identify and empathize or challenge other’s viewpoints, and to learn to reason reasonably with a world that is not always rationale.

When reading is assigned in the course, it is expected that students complete the reading in a timely manner.  This means that if the assignment is homework, is completed as homework, not before class work.  Do not be surprised if there are reading quizzes to ensure students have read assignments.

Writing Expectations

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

This is a course about writing and how we understand it. Writing involves hard work, frustrating distractions, societal contempt, and the constant feeling that everything you create isn’t worth very much. And then you bleed.   On the other hand, writing is one of the most effective ways to send forth your thoughts into the universe, into the future, into some kind of immortality. Your well-rendered ideas and metaphors could outlive you a thousand times and give you the best shot at bugging other people for all of eternity.

This class has one major purpose: to give you the knowledge, experience, and opportunity to practice skills you need in order to write well in college, workplaces, and beyond.  Therefore, this class is probably a bit different from other English classes you’ve taken. We care not only about the actual writing but also what we need to get better at it.

Online Expectations

Colleges, Universities, and businesses are using more and more online spaces to complete activities. In an effort to help prepare you for these activities, you will be asked to investigate and respond to questions posted in an online discussion between students. Occasionally, experts in the topic of discussion may be asked to provide input to participants. Please be aware that experts will rarely be directly associated with Glendale High School, but will be functioning as an outside resource for you to interact with.

There will always be multiple days given for completion time frame; therefore, if you do not have access to a computer at home, you will have time to use the school’s computer lab. Additionally, there is a computer in my classroom for students to use as needed to access online activities; if time is not available during class for usage, students may use it before or after school. However, it is your responsibility to gain access to the online activities when they are assigned. A grade will be earned for the completion of online activities; ergo, it is essential that you make these assignments a priority when they are assigned.

Online Behavior Expectations

Respect: Students will be polite, kind, and appropriate at all times.  The tone of discourse will be civil at all times.  Students are representing Glendale High School in the cybernetic community and will conduct themselves in an according fashion.

Safety: Students will be cautious about revealing private details on web sites. It is digital information that anyone could copy and forward from the site -- password protected or not. Anything typed into a digital forum may last forever, so respect your own and others' privacy.

Decorating your personal space: No gross, immoral, or irreverent photographs. Communication is the primary purpose of this site, and the design should enhance rather than obstruct that communication. Do NOT link to your personal blog(s) or website(s) (i.e. MySpace, Facebook, Flickr, Sonico, Tagged, Windows Live Spaces, etc.); this is an academic assignment on a site for academic discourse. Therefore a level of professionalism will be maintained and kept separate from personal interactions.

Formality: No texting abbreviations.  The level of usage here is "standard written English"-- used in business, government, and education for everyday work. (Use complete sentences and standard spelling.)

Anyone who breaks these rules can be banned at the teacher’s discretion. Students who are banned cannot receive credit for the work their peers are doing online.  Please be aware that this will negatively impact your grade and alternative assignments will not be provided because you violated the rules of interaction.