Malcolm High School
Resource Room Syllabus
Mr. Frosland Room 7
(906) 635-6638 ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Resource Room at Malcolm High School is designed to develop, strengthen, and improve skills for positive academic performance and achievement. Through content area course work, pre- and post- teaching, cognitive learning strategies are taught which focus on comprehension and memory skills, organizational and study skills, test taking, and the enhancements of written expression. Self-advocacy skills and transitional planning are also part of the instructional program. Students' progress is monitored and reviewed throughout the year according to their IEPs (Individual Educational Plans). Resource Room is not a study hall.
Resource Room Goals:
· To assist the students in becoming as independent and successful as they can
· To monitor the students’ progress toward meeting the IEP goals and to assist the student in successfully completing all courses of study
· To maintain communication with the student, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and other staff involved with the education of the student
· To introduce and develop skills needed for learning
Resource Room Components:
· Planning and Goal Setting
· Setting Priorities and Time Management
· Monitoring, Self-Assessment, Advocacy
· Storing and Remembering Information/Test-Taking
· Reading and Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science
· Transitional planning
1. Please pick up your journal and any unfinished work from your drawer as you enter the room and begin warm-up writing in your journal. Warm up writing is journal writing about your own topic or any topic that I have stapled on the front inside cover of your journal. I don’t care what you write about because the only people that will see your journals is you and me. Please do not just answer a question in a one line answer. The purpose of warm up/journal writing is to increase self-expression and written expression skills school wide. A good question to ask is “What was meaningful and memorable for me today or yesterday?” This may include emotions, dreams, insights, conversations, memories, questions or ideas. Above all, you must be honest.
2. Write with an open heart
3. Experiment with how and what you write. Some people draw pictures or doodle along with their writing; others compose poems or songs. One approach is to write as if you are having a conversation with the journal itself or with a another person.
4. Check your planner and/or your class grades online to ensure all homework and/or missing assignments were completed, prepare for today’s assignments
It is expected that students will come to class prepared with the materials needed for Resource. Students are expected to maintain a "planner", or another organizational method to keep track of assignments, projects, and tests/quizzes. Students will complete assigned work in order to achieve goals on their IEPs and review/complete assignments from their content-area classes.
Grading: All Resource room students will be graded on Participation/Productivity, daily journal writing and a weekly news article. Grading accommodations and modifications will be made per each individual students IEP.
In order be successful in Resource Room:
1. Utilize time wisely.
2. Follow classroom rules.
3. Attend class daily.
5. Ask for help. Ask for help
Classroom Policies, Rules and Expectations
Students: Please read and sign the bottom of this paper showing that you are aware of my rules, expectations, and policies and rules. This will be your first grade in this class. By reading and signing this paper you will receive your first “A” in the class. These rules and policies are in addition to those described in the student handbook. Any violation of these rules will result in the disciplinary actions described in the student handbook.
1. School rules policies and expectations are designed to help students learn, be provided a nonthreatening environment to learn in and to keep all students safe. It also teaches students how to obey laws in society.
2. Come to class on time. Standing outside the door and rushing in after the bell has begun to ring will constitute a tardy. You must be INSIDE the door when it begins ringing to be counted on time. 3 tardies are equivalent to one unexcused absence. Each student will be given a “clean slate” at the beginning of each marking period. A pass signed by a teacher or the office will be the only excuses accepted for being late.
3. Absences: A student is allowed 8 unexcused absences per marking period. (9 weeks), anything beyond that and you jeopardize being dropped and not receiving credit for that marking period of work. Don’t waste your absences!
4. Attend to personal needs before coming to class. Go to the bathroom between classes. If you don’t think you have enough time to complete what you have done before class, check in with me first and tell me that you need to use the restroom and your tardy will be excused. I have been instructed to limit passes, so please do not ask for a pass unless you have a true emergency.
5. Remain in your assigned seat unless you have permission to get up. Throw scraps away at the end of the period on your way out. Interruptions during lecture and activities are very impolite.
6. Electronics: There are to be no cell phones or MP3 players being used in my classroom unless permission is given. If a student is using a cell phone or other electronic device during my class the device will either be willingly handed over to me to be picked up at the end of the hour, or the student will be referred to Mrs. Sawyer for discipline. Students will not be permitted to use my classroom phone. If you must use the phone you may use the phone in the office. I will permit the use of phones I pods and other mp3 players, cd players, etc. at certain times. You must ask permission first. The use of such devices is a privilege not a right and If the privilege is abused it will go away.
7. Bring required materials every day unless you are otherwise directed. You have all been in school for many years now and know what equipment you need (pencils, paper, folders, books etc.). A construction worker needs a hammer to get a job done, so they bring it with them. Students need pencils to get their job done, so bring them with you. I STRONGLY encourage you to buy a notebook and a folder so that you can keep yourself organized. I will have pencils and paper here as well should you need them.
8. Use polite speech and body language. Unkind teasing and impolite behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
9. Do not cheat. Students caught cheating will receive a zero and a phone call home. Both the student who shares his work for an independent assignment AND the person who copies it will suffer the same consequences. I expect you to do your own work and to be sure no one can copy it.
10. Turn your work in on time. Late work is unacceptable. You have flex Fridays for making up work, but ONLY for making up the previous week’s missing work. Anything over a week late will be entered in the grade book as a zero for no credit. If you are planning an excused absence talk to me and I will get you the necessary work for the time you will be gone. If you have been absent and need to complete make up work, talk to me upon your arrival back to school and I will get you the necessary assignments.
11. Extra Credit: Extra credit assignments will be given only to those students who have all their regularly assigned work turned in. I’m not going to give you extra work if you don’t do the work I regularly assign.
12. Grades: Students your grades are available for viewing on-line anytime. You need to be able to access that information whenever you want. You will be able to view missing assignments, or perhaps recognize any mix-ups that may have occurred. For your own good and management of your academics YOU need to monitor your grades.
13. You will receive progress reports during the 5th week of each marking period. If you have forgotten your password or can’t access your grades online talk to the office and they can get you squared away. My grading scale is as follows.
14. Your behavior choices will dictate if this is an environment of learning or an environment of chaos. You can choose to be responsible young adults and prove yourselves trustworthy, self-motivated, hard workers. That choice will open the door for a successful year or you can prove yourselves non-trustworthy which will severely deprive yourself and your classmates of some great opportunities. Please make the appropriate to make your life easier, successful and something you can be proud of.
I have read and understand the above policies, rules and expectations and understand that I am a critical part of creating a positive learning environment