The Academic Support Classroom is designed to develop, strengthen, and improve skills for positive academic performance and achievement. Through content area course work, cognitive learning strategies are taught which focus on comprehension and memory skills, math skills, organizational and study skills, test taking, and the enhancements of written expression. Self-advocacy skills and transitional planning are also part of the instructional program. Students’ progress is monitored and reviewed throughout the year according to their IEPs (Individual Educational Plans).
Academic Support Goals
To develop skills that support organization.
To develop habits that support their academic success, such as responsibility of staying organized, collecting work when absent, as well as self-advocating for the content area they may experience difficulty.
To receive support such as mini-lessons as well as one-on-one help with subject areas that prove to be difficult.
To assist the students in becoming as independent and successful as they can
To monitor the student’s progress toward meeting the IEP goals and to assist the student in successfully completing all courses of study
To maintain communication with the student, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and other staff involved with the education of the student
To introduce and develop skills needed for learning
Academic Support Activities/Routines:
As students enter the room they will present a daily assignment sheet that contains their homework assignments, upcoming quizzes, tests, projects, and the topics they discussed in their classes.
They will also log into PowerSchool to check their own grades and missing assignments.
Completion of homework and classwork.
Mini-lesson or one-on-one assistance: Students will receive support in subject areas that they are struggling with at that time. This support may be presented by a lesson of how to work on certain skills or one-on-one time with each student that helps the student and teacher to understand why he/she is struggling.
Finish tests that were not finished in class due to extended time or teacher preference.
Mini-lesson on IEP goals and objectives.
It is expected that students will come to class prepared with the materials needed for Academic Support. Students are expected to maintain a daily assignment sheet to keep track of assignments, projects, and tests/quizzes. Students will complete assigned work in order to achieve goals on their IEPs and review/complete assignments from their content-area classes.
You will be graded on the following:
In order for students to be successful in Academic Support they must:
1. Utilize time wisely.
2. Follow classroom rules.
3. Attend class daily.
5. Ask for help. Ask for help
Classroom Policies, Rules and Expectations
Come to class on time. You must be INSIDE the door when the bell begins ringing to be counted on time. A pass signed by a teacher or the office will be the only excuses accepted for being late.
Attend to personal needs before coming to class. Go to the bathroom between classes. If you don’t think you have enough time to complete what needs to be done during class change, check in with me first and tell me that you need to use the restroom and your tardy will be excused.
Electronics: There are to be no cell phones or MP3 players being used in my classroom unless permission is given. If a student is using a cell phone or other electronic device during my class, the device will either be willingly handed over to me to be picked up at the end of class or an administrator will come to request the device. Students will not be permitted to use my classroom phone. If you must use the phone you may use the phone in the office. I will permit the use of phones iPods and other mp3 players, cd players, etc. at certain times. You must ask permission first. The use of such devices is a privilege not a right and If the privilege is abused it will go away.
Bring required materials every day unless you are otherwise directed.
Use polite speech and body language. Unkind teasing and impolite behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Do not cheat. Students caught cheating will receive a zero and a phone call home. Both the student who shares his work for an independent assignment AND the person who copies it will suffer the same consequences. I expect you to do your own work and to be sure no one can copy it.
Turn your work in on time. Late work is unacceptable. If you are planning an excused absence talk to me and I will get you the necessary work for the time you will be gone. If you have been absent and need to complete make up work, talk to me upon your arrival back to school and I will get you the necessary assignments.
Your behavior choices will dictate if this is an environment of learning or an environment of chaos. You can choose to be responsible young adults and prove yourselves trustworthy, self-motivated, hard workers. That choice will open the door for a successful year or you can prove yourselves non-trustworthy which will severely deprive yourself and your classmates of some great opportunities. Please make the appropriate to make your life easier, successful and something you can be proud of.