Room 608

Expectations

What about Zoom?

  • I will send Invite notices on Sunday Nights for the upcoming week.
  • Log onto Zoom with the link and password provided (new each week).
  • Find Zoom links in Google Classroom in the stream.
  • Get out of bed, and sit in a chair before joining us.
  • As much as possible, use Zoom in a room where you are by yourself. Pets and toddlers should not wander onto your lap while we're working.
  • When students log on, by default you are placed in a virtual “Waiting Room”.
  • Wait in the Waiting Room until I admit you.
  • I admit each student to the Zoom Room when the class begins.
  • I must be able to see your First and Last Name or I will not admit you.
  • I will not admit students who are not on my roster.
  • Arrive in the Waiting Room three minutes prior to the start of class .
  • If you cannot log on, check that you are using this week's Zoom link, and then send a note to the Stream in Google Classroom (GC).
  • Set your video camera to “ON”. (This is required. I need to see your face in order to know you are there.
  • I reserve the right to remove you from the room if your video camera is not ON or you misbehave.
  • Set your microphone to “MUTE” (if you have earbuds/headset with a microphone, use them).
  • Pressing the Space Bar on your keyboard will temporarily unmute you, so you can ask or answer questions.
  • Sit with your back against a wall (to eliminate visual distractions).
  • Have a light on in front of you. This will improve your visibility on screen while in class.

Math students

My most important expectation for you this year is something that you've been working on since you started school: To learn how to learn math. This is a big topic, which we will talk about this year.

A few simple things you can start with:

  • Keep a spiral notebook. Begin each day's notes on a new right-hand page, with your name and the date in the top-right corner.
  • Use scratch paper. Keep it nearby. In my classroom, I have about a hundred pounds (literally) of scratch paper at the beginning of the year.
  • Use a pencil and an eraser, along with a ruler or other straightedge.
  • Give yourself permission to make mistakes. Our musicians and athletes know they didn't master their craft by doing it right the first time.
  • Know what you do and do not know. Name the things you know, and know how you know them. Name the things you do not know, and find ways to move from not knowing to knowing.