About the Teacher

NAME Ingrid Tyson Slonsky:

CLASS US Government/Practical Law:


(757) 508-6136:

I am a 12th Grade US Government teacher here at Heritage HS.                  
I love teaching government, and there are many advantages here because we are 
a Governor's Stem Academy.  I use lots of technology.  My web page is not just 
for show, it is a tool for both myself and my students.  
There are Power Point notes for every chapter, and students are assigned to 
use them weekly.  Homework is posted on this site daily.  I also subscribe to 
additional sites, including Quizlet for vocabulary practice and Quia where 
most of my tests and quizzes are given.  

As far as my educational philosophy is concearned, I think of myself a diamond 
miner because I have many students who may not like school or may not believe 
they can do well, but I never lower my expectations. My job is to press and 
polish them until their beautiful facets shine; then on graduation day, they 
will walk proudly across the stage knowing that they are prepared for whatever 
road of life they choose.

Classroom Management Plan

     2016– 2017
My Five Basic Elements of a Trusting Classroom
Mutual respect * kids must know you care*Trustworthiness* Responsibility* Good 
A trusting caring environment is a social contract between students and 
teacher and is developed over time.

Personal Philosophy for Classroom Management 
One size does not fit all! Each student is different & each class has a 
different dynamic.  If the basic expectations of citizenship are in place and 
understood by all, students must choose to “buy into the social contract” or 
face the consequences associated with breaking rules

My Class-wide Expectations (Guidelines for Success, School-Wide Expectations)
Commit to high standards of achievement. Mutual respect: Treat everyone with 
courtesy and tolerance.  Value the differences that we each bring into our 
classroom.  Be responsible: Don't make excuses.  Accept responsibility for 
your decisions.   Fulfill your obligations both what you choose to do and what 
you don't do matters.  Both student and teacher must listen to each other.  
Display good citizenship. Respect authority.  Do the work that is required.   
Follow rules and procedures.  Be a helpful classmate and a team player.  

My Classroom Rules and Possible Consequences
Pay attention.
No is a final answer.
Why is not an appropriate follow up question. 
We can discuss your concern privately later.
I am available before school, during my planning, lunch and after 
school with prior notice
Use the Golden Rule 	

1.  Arguing is an immediate referral 
2.  Conference w student
3.  Conference w/parent
4.  Referral to administrator

My Attention Signal (getting attention of the class without yelling?)
"If you can hear my voice, snap your fingers" 
Silent waiting, musical transitions
Visual signals

My Correction Procedures (early stage and chronic misbehaviors):
1.	Conference w student
2.	Conference w/parent
3.	Referral

My Beginning and Ending Routines 

1.  Routine for How Students Will Enter the Room:  be seated immediately, get 
out notebook and other materials and begin assigned task 
2.  Routine for How Students Will Be Instructionally Engaged While Attendance 
Is Taken and for How Opening Business is Conducted: 
Begin do now immediately
3.  Routine for Dealing with Tardy Students: place note in the Box on my desk 
and be seated immediately.  If directions are needed I will give them ASAP.  
DO NOT disrupt instruction
4.  Routine for Dealing with Students Who Come to Class without Necessary 
Materials: share books.  During testing, teacher will provide loaner pencil.  
If lack of supply And materials is recurring, teacher will contact parent

5.  Routine for Dealing with Students Upon Their Return from an Absence: 
Student sign work request Notebook Teacher will provide make up work within 24 
hours.  Make up work may also be obtained During teacher planning, lunch Or 
after school.

My Procedures for Managing Student Work 
1.  Procedures for Assigning Classwork and Homework:Assignments will be the 
posted on the Smart board, Teacher Web or Google Classroom
2.  Procedures for Managing Independent Work Periods: Teacher will use an 
observation checklist To monitor and assess student productivity and 
3.  Procedures for Collecting Completed Work: Nightly assignments-S/W pass it 
to the end of the row.  Projects, current events collected using attendance 
4.  Procedures for Keeping Records and Providing Feedback to Students:   Grade 
book.  Students are required to maintain an interactive
 Notebook which will be checked frequently
5.  Procedures and Policies for Dealing with Late/Missing Assignments:  If 
homework is not received when collected by the teacher it is late.  If a 
student is absent from class, but does not provide a note any work will be 
counted as late.  Two letter grades per day will be deducted from regular 
homework assignments.  One letter grade per day will be deducted from projects 
and other assignments of greater than homework value if presented after the 
date due. If a student is present when an assignment is given, but absent on 
the date it is due the assignment will be considered late unless special 
circumstances exist which are determined by this teacher to warrant an 

6.  Routine for making up tests or quizzes after an absence: AFTER SCHOOL