Reflection: The Second Day of School: Teaching Expecations through Nonfiction Reading - Section 2: Syllabus Scavenger Hunt


The punch card is a new technique I'm using this year.  Each student received a punch card with their name on it.  They would be able to earn punches by

  • completing all their homework
  • being the first group to complete an activity
  • an insightful answer
  • because Mrs. Lewis was wearing blue
  • for being responsible
  • because it was raining
  • or any other reason I could think of

When a student gets ten punches, they can trade their card in for a privilege pass.  Privilege passes can be used to visit their locker during class or go to the bathroom during class.  Students get two passes per quarter that expire at the end of the quarter.  Unused passes can be turned in for extra credit the last day of the quarter. The passes that they earn through punch cards will not expire and can also be used to get out of ETL for forgetting a lanyard, ID, or agenda. For homework, there are some sticking points.  The pass doesn't get them out of the assignment, just out of ETL, and for some major assignments, I won't accept it. 

 UPDATE: The punch cards were a smashing success.  I had no idea they would be so popular. Seriously.  My students would do anything for a punch, and then they would horde the punch cards. CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT WIN.

  The Punch Card
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The Second Day of School: Teaching Expecations through Nonfiction Reading

Unit 1: Laying the Foundations: Teaching Routines, Procedures, and Expectations through Authentic Activities
Lesson 2 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to determine central ideas and cite evidence for answers in by reading the syllabus and answering text-dependent questions in a scavenger hunt.

Big Idea: Secret, hidden teacher expectations are no good for anyone. Teach the rules, teach the expectations, so that you can actually teach the content.

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