A Guide to Understanding the Class Rules*

   None of my rules is intended to replace the districts policies as described in the code of conduct, please see the district code of conduct for complete details of responsibilities.



List of primary classroom rules:

1. Try your best to be nice to others.  

2. Work when, where, and how you are asked.  

3. See me or a counselor with any questions, problems, or conflicts ASAP.

4. Be on time or have a pass.

5. Be prepared to learn with your head up and awake.



How to Succeed in English:

Try your best to be nice to others.
Be on time or have a pass.
Work when, where, and how you are asked.
See me or a counselor with any questions, problems, or conflicts ASAP
You are responsible to have worksheets and texts with you every day and not to lose them. 
Come prepared ready to work with a writing instrument that doesn't require to be sharpened. 
You are expected to not make noise when the teacher is giving instruction.  There is plenty of time for you to talk in class as I do not lecture for 40minutes... or even 20... rarely 10. 
There is no eating in class, this is not the "Mr. Galanaugh Show." 
There is no sleeping in class. 
You are required to write legibly. 
If you must, you may rewrite any assignment at home and turn it in at the start of class the next day. 
You are expected to work with all of the members of the class as part of practicing positive communication skills.
If you have a problem / question see me first and we will work something out. 
You are not allowed to leave the class with a question unanswered about the work we are doing.  Expect to be challenged. 
Quality and completeness of work makes your grade. 
Additional assignments will be provided for enrichment if you are done early, expect to work bell to bell.



After 21 years there are some other possible issues:



*Please be aware that certain behaviors or situations require that I report them to the proper authorities (parents, administrators, etc.).  My goal is to help all of my students succeed as best they are able.











Class Rules/Life Rules & PRIDE

   Most of the rules came from good advice and experimentation; however vigilant I am about the effectiveness of the rules, I reserve the right to make changes within district guidelines for the educational needs of specific students and situations. Think about it...  If your doctor prescribed aspirin to all their patients instead of seeing each one as having unique needs wouldn't you stop going to them?   Why would an educator provide the same learning experience when each student has unique needs? Of course, it doesn't make sense! This means that different students may have different assignments as they have different learning needs too!



   None of my rules is intended to replace the districts policies as described in the code of conduct, please see the district code of conduct for complete details of responsibilities.



· Class Rule #1 and # 2     Try not to be mean.  "Mean" as in not nice and not common (or average)-- these are interchangeable (This serves until we create and refine our own ways of doing things through PRIDE).





· Life rule #1 There is no fairness, get over it and move on—is it fair that some students go to special college preparatory schools that cost $24,000 --$41,000  a year while you have me?   Of course, "We’re all created equal…" but what does that really mean?  Consider that not everyone has equal home life, social life, looks, talent, health etc.... (Visit here the Stony Brook School as a nearby example)  After they graduate, do you think that these students are going to community college?  FYI:  I graduated from Longwood in 1983 and put myself through Suffolk County Community College and SUNY@StonyBrook. 

·  Life Rule # 2 Do the best with what you have.   Suffolk County Community College  is not “Thirteenth Grade” if you really want to learn.  Stony Brook University has some of the finest minds on our planet and you get to talk with them, so get involved.  I didn't know what I wanted to do when I graduated.  I didn't understand the college world and how it relates to the business world.  I recommend reading Getting What You Came For : The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D. by Robert Peters.  This is an introduction to the world of academia in layman's terms... things you could really mess up your first year in college-- yes even from your first year--  if you're not careful.

·  Life Rule #3 Maximize opportunity for success.  You may think it will never happen but if success does come knocking will you be able to answer the door?  Some of you may not  even know where the door is—that’s OK.  If you have to-- get your tools together and build a door!  Think of adding a bell.  Stand out from the crowd.  The more tools you have the better your opportunities will be.  The more doors you build -- the more knocking you will hear. 

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The Most Common Classroom Issues:

The following rules have been in effect on and off over the years: 























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The Less Common Classroom Issues:

·         Cheating, unauthorized communication during tests, or complicity in academic dishonesty,  results in a failing grade on that assignment and my special attention on future assignments; consequently, don't be surprised if I ask you to move etc.... Note the HONOR CODE.

·         If the inappropriate language or slang is at all "sexual" in nature be prepared to face charges of sexual harassment (See the code of conduct ). Non-inclusive bullying is not acceptable.

·         "But why are you picking on me?" Insubordination can not be tolerated—if I ask you personally to change "your" seat or to please be quiet it is for the improvement of the educational environment of which I am in charge-- Seriously, get real, it it's not about you personally, I'm outnumbered and I need your cooperation as we can only go as fast as the slowest member of the class.

·         Of course, I will make every effort not to implement such changes by giving you lot's of clues; however, if you continue to be a disruption to the educational process I will have you removed from the room and brought to an administrator until we can work out a reasonable resolution that preserves the educational environment in the best interest for all students.

·         Excessive absences may result in course failure.

·         Attendance-- Excessive or repeated lateness/ cutting results in detention and referral to administration. Driving? Be prepared to give up your parking rights and don't say I didn't warn you!

·         Cutting results in discipline through referral to administration. 

·         Unsafe behavior will not be tolerated and is determined by me.  If there are problems with another student see me immediately I will do my absolute best to keep your anonymity depending on the weight of circumstances.

·         Lastly, I can't believe that I have to write this final warning;  however, due to actual classroom events, I am forewarning you that inappropriately suggestive, threatening, illegal, vulgar, profane, explicit material will receive the grade of a zero-- if it is included as part of a portfolio -- the entire portfolio will receive the grade of a zero.  Additionally, I will need to refer the material to parents, administration, mental health professionals, even alert law enforcement in cases where it may be warranted-- and it has.



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