Classroom Rules and Expectations

  • All of my classes are graded not only for their project work but for their performance.  Below are the details I give my students at the start of each term:

    PERFORMANCE (BEHAVIOR PLUS ATTENDANCE) GRADE:  This class requires you to create art, but that is only part of what is expected of you.  The other portion of your grade will come from your daily behavior and how often and punctual your attendance is.  One of the biggest obstacles facing today’s youth is the ability to identify what is and what is not appropriate in a shared social setting.  In our country every student has an equal right to receive an education in the public school system, but when the negative actions of individuals occur it can interfere with these opportunities and create a classroom environment that is no longer productive.  Every action you make has a consequence, and in a shared space like this class these consequences can affect many – so think before you act!  

    The following rules were devised to help maintain a positive and effective classroom where students can feel encouraged to learn.  Failure to abide by these rules will result in a deduction from your weekly performance grade.  Each week you will start with “5 Performance Points” and if you go the entire week without breaking any rules you will finish with a 100% Performance Grade.  If you break any of the following rules, however, you will lose 1 point per offense and if all 5 points are lost in a week you will be given a 0% for your weekly Performance Grade and also be written up for Disciplinary Referral for your actions.  I will enter brief explanations for these deductions next to your grade in Skyward (so parents please check grades regularly and feel free to contact me if you have concerns).  Simply put, it is very important that you take responsibility for your actions and be prepared for the consequences that will result in any negative behavior!

    CLASSROOM RULES AND EXPECTATIONS: 

    1. Come to class prepared and ready to create art!
      • Be on time, have your materials ready, and be seated quietly once the bell rings so you are ready to receive instruction.
      • Any food or non-sealed drinks should be disposed of before sitting at your computer.
    2. Listen and follow the teacher’s directions for work time.
      • When Mr. Kravig is giving instruction there should be no talking to seatmates, no checking phones, surfing the web, etc.
      • When Mr. Kravig is finished giving instruction you are expected to go to work.  This means your phones should be silenced and put away.
      • Listening to music on headphones is allowed but volume must be kept low so it does not distract other students and you can still hear ongoing class instruction as it arises.
      • Absolutely no video, FaceTime, YouTube, or video game playing – no excuses!
    3. Remain in your assigned seat unless on assignment, getting supplies, using the bathroom, or asking Mr. Kravig a question.
      • You should never be wondering around the classroom without an educational reason.
      • You should never leave the classroom without asking Mr. Kravig for permission first.  In these instances you are also required to take a hall pass and fill out the “Restroom Sign-Out” sheet.
    4. Respect your classmates and your teacher’s desire to take part in the educational process.
      • Be quiet while working so that everyone can hear instructions during work time.
      • Raise your hand before asking a question or making a comment.
      • Use appropriate, non-offensive language – no profanity!
    5. Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
      • Neither romantic nor violent intent is an appropriate excuse for you to touch your classmates.  Although common sense for most high schoolers, every once in a while I’ve had problems…