Sometimes I wonder if I expect too much of myself and my students. I really think they can do a lot - and do it well - but do we have enough time?
This year we have a new high school principal and he has asked all of us to develop a document listing our classroom expectations. It's sort of an amalgamation of a syllabus, scope and sequence, classroom rules and grading system. Parents and students are to sign that they've read it and hopefully that will alleviate any conflicts or discipline issues.
Here's a copy of what I developed for Publications. I feel like it's a bit long but journalism is not your typical lecture class. The sad part is that I have six more classes to develop this kind of document before Monday morning.