While learning in the virtual world is new for many of us, the classroom is not. Think of the virtual classroom as you do the traditional classroom and conduct yourself accordingly:
- Behavioral standards, as outlined in the Code of Conduct, are in effect and will be enforced through coordination with administration. For example, lateness, inconsistent attendance, general mischief, plagiarism and disrespect will have consequences.
- You are expected to be visible on camera when utilizing Microsoft TEAMS
- Your failure to acknowledge random questioning during a class session can qualify as a CUT and will be addressed accordingly.
- Grades will be reflective of demonstrated levels of cooperation, productivity and content mastery.
- Grades will be earned based on attainment of documented performance standards on a variety of assessments.
*You are expected to keep up with all due dates on school wires. Check it regularly. I cannot help you if you come to class saying, "That was due today? I don't check school wires. Why didn't you remind me in class yesterday?"
*You are expected to turn your work in on time. I do not accept late work. I take deadlines seriously.
*If you were absent when a small homework task was handed out, it is your responsibility to see me to receive the work. It will be due on the next day.
*If you were absent when a big task is due (an assignment we've been working on for a few weeks), you must hand it in when you return to school.
* If you didn't do an assignment, own it. Don't make an excuse. Admit you forgot and move on. You'll remember to do the next one.
* You are expected to keep all your work saved on a USB. If/When your computer crashes, we are not allowed to accept computer excuses.
*You are expected to act appropriately in the classroom. Do not: Throw things; Eat food; Put your feet on the desk; Walk around; Yell to your friend across the classroom; etc. You know how to act by now! :)
*You are expected to know the school's plagiarism policy, which can be found in the school's handbook. Plagiarism is very serious. Plagiarism will result in a zero for the assignment and the vice principal/principal will be notified. Please remember this - if you show your work to another student, and he/she uses that work, you both will receive a zero - sharing your work is outlined in the school's plagiarism policy.
*You are expected to know the school's bullying policy, which can be found in the school's handbook. Bullying is very serious and can scar those involved for years to come. If you don't like someone, then stay away from him/her. There is no need to "add fuel to the fire." Furthermore, if someone is bothering you, please tell a teacher. Your complaint will be taken seriously and the individual bothering you will be spoken with. If a bully continues to abuse those in his/her path, then he/she could face legal action.
*You are expected to read emails from me - please do not see my name and immediately hit DELETE. My email probably contains a graded assignment.
*You are expected to get involved in class discussions and classroom tasks. You don't want to listen to me talk for 56 minutes; that's just boring!
*You are expected to make mistakes and errors...I do it all the time! That's how we grow to be better people!
You will be graded using a TOTAL POINTS system. This means that everything will be awarded an amount of points (5 points for something small...100 points for something larger...etc.).
At the end of the marking period, Genesis calculates the total points you received and the total points you could have received, divides, and your grade appears!
These are the categories under which your grades will fall:
Practice work can include discussions, group work, comprehension questions, etc. These tasks will be graded using a simple 4 point rubric:
1 point = limited, lowest quality, poor, beginning, unsatisfactory, not there yet, little evidence, needs improvement.
2 points = some, basic, emerging, some evidence, fair, capable, satisfactory.
3 points = accomplished, developing, proficient, constant evidence, very good, considerable.
4 points = Exemplary, high degree, strong, advanced, displays evidence beyond, best quality, excellent, exceeds.
***Please note, not everything can be viewed this clear cut. If something is in between a “3” and a “4” …a decimal may be applied.
Assessments can include quizzes, tests, and any culminating, end of unit activity.
Writing can include large, end of marking period essays, as well as, smaller in class tasks (paragraph).