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Nathan McArthur CMP

Procedures and Routines
1. Notebook — Each student will be required to have a three ring binder with 5 page separators. The sections will be labeled as follows: Bellwork, Homework, Notes, Projects, and Exit Ticket. 2. Entering the Classroom — The class will wait in the hall lined up until I welcome them at the door. Upon entering the classroom the students will pick up any papers to be handed out from of the counter. The students will sit quietly and work on the Bellwork and perform any other required tasks such as calendars, planners, or notebooks. 3. Handing in Assignments — I intend to use a turn in board and assign each student a number. They find their number and slide their assignments in the slot. Upon completion of the Bellwork the students will take it and put it along with any homework assigned in their slot. 4. Ending class —When the clean up bell goes off I will display an Exit Ticket question that the students must answer in order to leave the classroom for the day. It will be a question from the subject matter covered in class that day. You will hand this to me after the final bell rings on your way out of class. 5. Lining up/ Traveling the Halls— In the event that we will need to go to the library, computer lab, or anywhere out of the classroom I will instruct the class to line up along the back wall facing the door. This is to be done with limited talking and no rough housing. When the entire class is lined up and quiet we will enter the halls and walk down the center of the hall. There is no talking or distracting other classes while in the halls. Failure to comply with these regulations will result in the entire class returning to the classroom and starting again. 6. Leaving the room — This should take place when I am not instruction the class. If there is a need please raise your hand and ask. Always take the appropriate hall pass. See procedure for traveling the halls. 7. Taking out/putting away/caring for supplies — Each shoulder pair or small group table will have group supplies to be shared. Always do the following: recap markers and glue; check the number written on the supplies to make sure they belong in your group basket; if something belongs to another group, return it to them quietly. 8. Obtaining help with assignments — I follow the “Three before Me” rule. Quietly ask the students at your table for help with directions if you need it. You must ask at least three other people before asking me. If you are specifically told to work alone, raise your hand to get help from me.

9. What to do with unfinished work — If I ask for work to be turned in, let me know if it isn't finished; if I ask you to keep an unfinished assignment, put it in your notebook under the homework tab. If I ask you to turn it in, please understand that I have your best interests at heart and will grade it fairly. 10. When and how to use the school restroom — This should be done when I am not directly instructing the class. In the event of an emergency situation please raise your hand or get my attention appropriately and I will give you permission to go. Always take the appropriate hall pass and please hurry you will be missing out on important information. 11. When and how to use the pencil sharpener — At the beginning of class you should ensure that your pencils are sharp and you may want a backup option just in case. Pencils will not be sharpened during class, if your pencil breaks during an assignment, use a community pencil or quietly ask a friend to borrow a pencil. 12. Being a classroom helper; learning a classroom job — Each person at your table will have a job during the class period. If you are not sure about your responsibility please refer to the posters on the wall for a description. Please try you very best to complete your responsibility. 13. Getting a tissue — You may always get a tissue from the back counter whenever you need one; you don't even have to ask; throw the used tissue away immediately; make sure it lands in the trash can; use sanitizer and get right back to work. 14. Throwing away trash — You may throw away trash whenever you need to if I am not teaching the whole group; do not play basketball with your trash; make sure all trash lands in the can; pick up trash even if it isn't yours. 15. Turning in lost items — Ask the people around you if they lost the item you found; if not, write your name and the date on a slip of paper and tape it to the item; if it is money or something valuable, put the item and slip on my desk for safekeeping; if not, put it in the Lost and Found box; give yourself a "pat on the back" for being honest. 16. Locating lost items — Ask the people around you if they found the item you lost; if not, check the Lost and Found box; if it is not there, ask me at a time when I'm not teaching the class; if you find it, thank the person who turned it in; next time, try to take care of your things. We will go through the Lost and Found box at the end of each month with the whole class. If an item remains unclaimed we will give it to the person who turned it in. 17. Pledge — When you hear/see the signal, stop what you're doing immediately and stand up this is not an option; if you choose to participate place your right hand over your heart and say the Pledge of Allegiance respectfully in unison.

18. Signals for attention — When I need your attention I will give you a signal (3, 2, eyes on you; 1, 2, BLUE!; give me 5; etc.) the signal will be obvious and agreed upon by the classes. When you hear the signal I expect you to be silent, turn and face me to await instruction. See attention getters section. 19. Helping other students — In a cooperative classroom, it is good to help one another. If someone needs help with directions or reading an assignment, help him or her if you are able. Never put down another student who asks for help. If someone needs help with understanding the problem or has questions you cannot answer, as a table or group ask me for help. 20. What to do during free time — If you finish an assignment, first work on any unfinished assignments that are in the Homework tab of your notebook. When you finish those, please inform me that you are finished and begin working on an extension project found in the box at the back of the room. You must work on extension projects quietly!!! on your own or with a partner depending on the packet chosen.

Letter to parents
Dear Parents, My name is Mr. McArthur and your son/daughter is enrolled in my math class this year. I am looking forward to an exciting year. It is my goal to provide all students with an educationally challenging, yet fun, experience in my classroom. I received my Bachelors of Math Education from Dixie State University in 2014. Before that I worked with my local school district as a special education aide for two years. Prior to that I was in the military for 9 years and served a tour in Iraq in 2010. My wife and I love computers and being outdoors. I have tutored math since I was in 6th grade. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. My math classes can be very demanding. There will be homework assignments almost daily. Each student will need a three ring binder, 5 page separators with pockets, blue or black pens and pencils, and a TI-84 calculator is strongly suggested. These materials should be brought to class every day. We cover a lot of material in one class period and one day without the proper materials will have a toll. I will be sending home a course syllabus and I ask you to please read it carefully with your son/daughter. Please only sign the contract if you agree with what is stated in the disclosure. I have written this contract to ensure that both the students and their parents understand how this course will run. If you can’t wait, you can view the disclosure and contract at my website and if you have any questions regarding the syllabus or the course, please contact me. I have found throughout my life that I have grown and learned the most when my teacher, professor, or boss had higher than average expectations of me as an individual and on us as a group. With this in mind, I have extremely high expectations of all my students, and for that I will not apologize. I am asking for your help to maintain those expectations by checking with your son/daughter periodically to make sure that his/her work is being done. I am available to help students individually before school, during my prep periods, and after school. If you would like me to notify you of test dates and/or update you on your son/daughter’s progress, please fill out and return the contact form included with this letter. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 123-456-7890 x 4303 or nathan.mcarthur@anyschooI.k12.org if you have any questions or concerns during the year. Thank you, Nathan McArthur

Letter to Students
Dear Students, My name is Mr. McArthur and I have the grand opportunity to be your math teacher in the upcoming school year. I am looking forward to an exciting year. I love math and it is my goal to help everyone to learn as much as they can and have fun doing it. My math classes can be very demanding, but as the saying goes “work hard, play hard.” I will do my best to make class fun and enjoyable as we work hard. We cover a lot of material in one class period so try to limit absences and tardies so you don’t fall behind. I will be sending home a course syllabus and I ask you to please read it carefully with your parent/guardian. Please only sign the contract if you agree with what is stated in the disclosure. I have written this contract to ensure that both you and your parents understand how this course will run. I am available to help you with math before school, during my prep periods, and after school. Please come to school ready to have fun with a positive attitude and a desire to learn. I will do my best to ensure you succeed in math this coming year. Thank you, Nathan McArthur

Rules, Consequences, and Rewards – 9th grade
Rules
1. 2. 3. 4. Follow Directions Raise Your Hand before Speaking or Leaving Your Seat Respect Your Classmates and Your Teacher Keep Hands, Feet, and Objects to Yourself

Negative Consequences for Bad Behavior
1. 2. 3. 4. Specific verbal warning Written Referral to the office, with a Lunch detention Student calls parents/guardians, with further detention Conference with parents to discuss further action

Positive Consequences for Good Behavior Fun
1. Receipt of a ticket for a drawing at the end of the week 2. Preferred Activity Time 3. Themed lesson/activity Academic 4. No homework pass 5. Points on the upcoming quiz 6. Extension Activity Time Recognition 7. Certificate award for achievement at the end of the quarter 8. Hand written note given during class 9. Individualized verbal praise