August 12, 2012 by Kara
It is important that students know the expectations of the class; however, it does not make the most interesting lesson plan. Here’s an explanation of what I do to make this as fun as possible.
The first page of my syllabus is what they will be able to do at the end of the year. This is based on our JCPS Student Profiles. They have already seen most of this information from the “proficiency level” explanation, so I ask them to highlight some main ideas.
The back includes rules and procedures that are set in stone. The “TAPP” procedures are stolen from Megan’s “PRP” one. These are based our school’s Initials, are positive, and easy to reference if a student is not following them.
I put signs around the room to explain procedures, like going to the bathroom. I know that they are not going to get out their syllabus to look up how to do these tasks. We also do a few lesson plans that directly teach procedures using the target language (this will be my next post). This also allows me to change them if needed. Some years I have classes that need a little more “structure” than others.
Generally I put the syllabus on my wikispaces (or I’m thinking a blog for this year). I show them how to access the site, create their own password, and then we have a little fun with the syllabus. I give them a syllabus challenge! I pair them up and they complete the following (I took out the extra white space to fit better on the post). I want them up out of their seats to answer some of these.
What do you do with the syllabus?