Posted by: newperspectives85 | October 25, 2014

The First Day of School EDUC 4080 Summer 2012

Antoine Varner

UVA Wise Summer 2012 EDUC 4080 Classroom Management and Discipline

Dr. David Lee

Due Date: June 25, 2012

Assignment #2

The first day of school

On the first day of school, students will find poster of famous people who made significant achievements such as Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi. I will also have posters of less significant people such as George Orwell in case people wonder about him or others who do not stick out as well. That would be for those who may be fascinated into people who may not stick out to the majority of people. Orwell does not stick out, but he was an influential political writer during the early to mid 1900s—during the periods of Western imperialism, the Spanish Civil War, and Communism. In addition to people from the past, there will also be inspirational quotes related to history and life. These posters will be on my bulletin boards. The classroom rules and procedures will also be on the bulletin board as well as a copy of the class syllabus.

Students will also find a map of the world on the side wall as well as other pictures such as a house, or a city, or a country (i.e. the U.S., or France). I may also place some things that are a part of me—meaning something related to my alma mater Longwood or UVA Wise, or a hobby I may have outside of school—this will most likely be near my desk.

The teacher’s desk will have a cup of pens in the center of the desk along with a calendar with important dates written in it. Each class will have a bin to place their assignments in. Those bins will be next to the door if not the front of the room. This will help with organization.

Weekly and daily classroom assignments will appear on the board in the front of the classroom, which will be announced and on the board every day.

The desks will be arranged in rows. There will be four to six per row. Assigned seating will be used for the first few weeks until the students prove to me that they can sit with their friends without causing behavior problems. The assigned seating will also be used so I can familiarize myself with the students, and figure out who are potentially great students academically and character-wise, and those who are potential troublemakers to look out for.

On the first day, I will give each person an information sheet which will ask for their name, phone number or email to get in contact with their parents for any reason, hobbies and interest and class schedule.

The activity for the first day will ask the students to write how their summer was: any good experiences, any bad, and how they shaped you—your opinions on certain things, your personality, etc. The goal is to relate this to history: How do people evolve through their experiences. People in history were shaped by their experiences in life—their personality as well as their opinion on certain things. For example, Iranians were shaped by western imperialism and corrupt rulers. The western imperialism led to nationalism, or resentment of a foreign country ruling over one, and corrupt leaders led to the Islamic revolution in Iran along with extremism and intolerant attitudes towards the West. Just as they were shaped by past events, we are all shaped by events in life, whether big or small. We may not make the history books but we make an impact that can last a lifetime—for better or worse. In addition to the activity, I will discuss the procedures for the class along with the syllabus.

In the syllabus will be listed the rules and procedures for the class. Rules include:

  1. No students out of their seat without permission
  2. No vandalizing of the posters or classroom property. Any occurrence will warrant a referral.
  3. Sit in assigned seats
  4. No late work will be accepted
  5. Turn off all electronic devices in class
  6. Do not leave trash in classroom
  7. Respect your classmates and ME
  8. Be on time
  9. Do your best
  10. Cheating on quizzes or tests: an automatic zero and referral

Daily Procedures:

  1. Turn in homework in the bins at the beginning of class
  2. Daily activity: lecture, group/class activity, homework assignment will cover lecture, readings, and class activities.
  3. Quiz: You will have no more than 10 minutes to study for the quiz. Excess chatter will result in the quiz given earlier than the time I gave you to study. You will be given a certain amount of time to finish the quiz. (Quizzes are not long—generally 20 to 25 minutes, maybe less). I will walk around the room to ensure nobody is cheating.
  4. Test: Excessive talking will result in a zero and removal from class. As with quizzes, I will walk around the room to ensure nobody is cheating.   After finished with the test, work on class assignment quietly—you can still lose points for talking while others are finishing.
  5. Students have a calendar week to make up all work missed from an absence. All work not turned in by then becomes a zero. Tests and quizzes cannot be made up during class.


  1. Homework—may consist of the following:
  2. Worksheets covering class lectures or assigned reading. Formats may include multiple choice or matching from reading or lectures. Short answer questions may require a few sentences to completely answer the question. No late work will be accepted after the due date.
  3. You may be assigned an essay that deals with the unit studied or analyzing a source document. Essays may also involve you relating a concept discussed to today or another time in history. You will be given time in class to work on that essay along with the details in writing the essay. Essays will count as a test grade.
  4. This is an assignment where you can be very creative and learn to be a historian. Details will be given in class as to how the journal entries are to be set up. You are required to have at least two journal entries every Friday that the class meets. You can do more for extra credit. The journal will count as a test grade.
  5. Classwork will consists of group and class activities. Worksheets related to lecture or readings may also be assigned. The classwork will count towards your class participation grade. Class participation may be affected by classroom behavior.
  6. Projects
  7. There will be at least one project per nine weeks. Your creativity is needed on this assignment.
  8. This will count as much as two test grades
  9. Quizzes
  10. 20-25 minutes
  11. May be announced or unannounced
  12. May come in the form of a vocabulary quiz (normally announced) or be based on lectures or guided reading (may be unannounced). This is to motivate students to read and review every day. Most quizzes will be fill in the blank or matching; may also have a short answer question.
  13. Unit tests
  14. Normally cover one chapter
  15. 45-50 minutes depending on the difficulty
  16. Matching, multiple choice, short answer, and/or essay
  17. All lectures, group/class activities, worksheets, and vocabulary is fair game to see on tests
  18. You will have a study guide the class or two before the test
  19. Semester Exam
  20. Will cover the entire semester
  21. Format similar to regular tests
  22. You will get a study guide to study for the semester exam.
  23. It is imperative that you keep all your lecture notes, quizzes, and worksheets so that you can do not panic while working on the study guide.
  24. May count as much as 20% of your semester grade
  25. Standards of Learning Exam
  26. Will cover the entire year
  27. Format: Multiple Choice
  28. You will have practice SOL tests the fourth nine weeks so you get an idea of what the test looks like.
  29. This will be your chance to see what you need to study the most
  30. If you pass the SOL exam, you do not have to take the final exam.
  31. Final Project
  32. May be Utopia project or themes across time project
  33. You will work in groups on the project (whichever I assign) during class…I suggest you get with your group outside of class. This project should last a couple of weeks—well before finals.
  34. You will present your project in front of the class and evaluate other group projects.
  35. Extra Credit
  36. Bring in tissues and hand sanitizer at the beginning of the year
  37. May count as much as 50 points towards your grade


Grade breakdown (tentative)

Unit tests/Projects/Essays/Journals   40%

Quizzes 30%

Daily Work—homework, classwork, class participation 30%


**Semester Exam—May count up to 20% of your semester grade.


My opening remarks

“Welcome to history class, I hope you will take away something by the end of the year. This class will not just be about the memorization of events, but learning how you make history everyday—through your actions, regardless of how small you may think they are.

Your assignments will not just consist of knowing people and events, but also require critical thinking. You may be asked to relate historical events to current events…whether they be from a global perspective, the nation itself, locally, or even in your own life. For this, I am asking you to keep a journal and write on occurrences that may grab your attention. This journal will be collected every other week. I will comment on what you can improve on with your observations (whether they need expanding on) and also complement whenever necessary. The journal may consist of personal experiences, an interest in a person (it does not have to be a famous person)—it could be someone you know—how their experiences shaped them (i.e parents, fellow students, even people in your neighborhood) as well as something you can take from them; if you talk about a certain place, give the geographic location and use elements of geography. You can make up a story or activity involving that place. Mention why you decided to write about that place. You may also decide to write about a topic that is interesting to you and relate it to an event in history. An example could be prejudice—why did you decide to write about it and an event in history that involved prejudice; or write on culture—and write about one in history or even today. The journal is to help with concepts in geography and history. The concepts may also relate to other fields of social science. By the end of the year, you will have become a social scientist through your writings of various occurrences and gained an appreciation of the field. Other critical thinking assignments may require you to analyze primary and secondary source documents as well as various projects, where your creativity is most needed. Primary and secondary sources are an important part of the field of social science especially in history. To make history not so boring, I will assign creative projects from time to time—these may involve a Utopia Project where you create your own set of rules as you’re stranded on an island, or trace of theme of world history or geography over time that interest you (i.e fashion, importance of water, greed and the consequences, empire, etc).

I ask that you be on time for class, respect your fellow classmates, and participate in all class activities. Turn in your assignments on time. Failure to do so will have a significant impact on your grade. Your very best effort will determine your grade and how much you get out of this class. If you do these things, you will be successful. The syllabus is to be signed and returned next class, and will count as your first grade in this class.”


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