NAME Ingrid Tyson Slonsky:
CLASS US Government/Practical Law:
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.
HERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL
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
No is a final answer.
Why is not an appropriate follow up question.
We can discuss your concern privately later.
WILL NOT BE HELD DURING INSTRUCTIONAL TIME
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
My Correction Procedures (early stage and chronic misbehaviors):
1. Conference w student
2. Conference w/parent
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
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