CHARACTER IN MY CLASSROOM
RESPECT: I SHOW HIGH REGARD FOR MYSELF, OTHERS, AND MY CLASSROOM
Please be respectful to yourself, others, and your surroundings. This means listening to me and your classmates while they are speaking so you don’t miss out on important information. Please be open minded to other’s ideas and listen to questions they have, because you might have the same one. If you have a question, please raise your hand and I will answer it the best that I can. If you make a mess, please clean it up and dispose of it in the garbage can.
RESPONSIBILITY: I TAKE OWNERSHIP OF MY ACTIONS
You are the most responsible person when it comes to your learning. This starts by getting to class on time, prepared with all your supplies and any homework that is due that day. You are also responsible for coming to see me for any missing work if you were absent.
GRIT: I PERSEVERE, NEVER GIVE UP
There are going to be times in which you are asked to complete tasks that are difficult for you. When this happens, you have a few options…
Option 1: You can ask for help and put forth a genuine effort. You might not get everything right, but at least you know that you tried.
Option 2: You can copy off a friend. This doesn’t help you learn the material and puts your friend in a bad position because they might be uncomfortable with you copying off them.
Option 3: You can put in no effort and turn in an incomplete assignment. If you choose Option 3 you will be asked to join me during your lunch period to complete the assignment.
MINDFULNESS: I STRIVE TO BE AWARE IN THE MOMENT
When you become aware that things are difficult, take a moment to pause and acknowledge the situation. Take a deep breath and think about what you need to do to make things less difficult. Keep in mind that your only job as an 8th grader is to go to school and to try to do your best!
EMPATHY: I STRIVE TO UNDERSTAND AND SHARE THE FEELINGS OF OTHERS
Keep in mind that not everyone learns in the same way or at the same pace. Be supportive of your fellow classmates that might have a question and don’t be upset if one of your friends wants to work alone because they learn better that way.
INTEGRITY: I DO THE RIGHT THING, EVEN WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING
There will be times in which you lack the “grit” to work on an assignment and you might try to look for an easy way out. It is my hope that you have the integrity to deal with the consequences of turning in an incomplete assignment or doing poorly on a test.
REFLECTIVE: I THINK THINGS THROUGH
- Understand your strengths and weaknesses regarding learning.
- Ask others about the way they do things to help them be successful.
- Look for habits that you would like to start, or ones you need to break.
- Learn to value time spent thinking about your work.
CONFIDENCE: I BELIEVE IN MYSELF
Don’t be afraid to take risks by asking/answering questions or trying new things in this class. Embrace challenges, make mistakes and learn from them. Believe in yourself and work hard!