Promises & Expectations….
There are so many things your teachers will tell you the first week of school. There are rules, procedures, assignments, and more. Those things are all important; really, they are! However, before I move on to “teaching” students, there are some things I want to say to YOU. If you throw the rest of it all out the window, these things should remain true. If our year together is going to be worth our time, these are the things you have to trust.
· I don’t know you yet, but that’s going to change. I will learn to appreciate who you are as a person. You will become more than just a name in my grade book.
· I will work tirelessly to encourage divergent thinking, thoughtful reading, powerful writing, dedicated learning, and meaningful speaking.
· I will not tolerate words or actions that are unkind or that belittle others. You will be safe in this room.
· I will try hard to make you a good student, but more importantly, I will never stop encouraging you to be kind and compassionate person.
· I will encourage you to expand your world view (both locally and afar). The “space” in which we live is such a small slice of the whole…explore!
· I want you to “follow your reading bliss.” I know there are books you will have to read, but for the most part, I want you to read what you love. I will encourage you to step outside that now and then, but I will respect your preferences.
· I want you to succeed. I will do all that is in my power to help that happen.
· I will work hard to foster a sense of self-advocacy. There is no one else who can speak for you as well as yourself. If you need help, speak up. If you have a question, ask. If you made a mistake, own it.
· I will celebrate your successes.
· At times, my words may be hard to hear, but they come from a desire to help. Remember that. J
· You will try, no matter what. Apathy is just not going to cut it here.
· You will listen...and you will respect what you hear. You may agree or disagree, but you will always respect.
· You will be kind. There is no wisdom you can gain that is greater than kindness.
· You will participate. Period. I want your voice to be heard.
· You will take responsibility for your choices and actions.
· You will make every effort to be here and to be a positive part of the learning environment.