Is There A Syllabus?
All the rules of the classroom, what is on a test, how to get make up work, and other valuable information can be found on the syllabus. Yet some students and most parents never read it. And if they parents and student do read the syllabus they almost immediately forget the information. The syllabus is like a student handbook for that particular class.
How Do You Grade?
No one should care about your grade except you. It shouldn’t be the teachers responsibility to tell you what you need to raise your grade or how many points you need for a certain grade. Be sure to ask the teacher in the beginning of the semester about grades. Questions like does the teacher round up, or what happens if there is a missing assignment are important to know ahead of time so that a student is not doing a ton of make up work. that is of no value.
Do You Accept Extra Credit?
Many teachers allow extra-credit. Make sure to ask how much it is worth. Be sure you know if extra credit is constantly offered or only offered certain times of the year.
What Do I Do When I am Absent?
Most teachers have a system in place for absent students. Make sure you know that system. Teachers are busy and have many students, it can not be up to them to remember when you were absent and which papers you are missing.
If I Have a Problem When is the Best Time to Talk to You?
Some teachers actually leave their class at lunch and snack. So when is the best time to talk to a teacher? Sometimes it is during class, sometimes it is after school. Every teacher is different. If you need help with an assignment or need to talk about your grade do not assume that your teacher is waiting for you in their classroom. Ask ahead of time so that if you need to talk you know where that teacher will be.
It is important to take notes the first few days of school and jot down important information about the policies of a classroom. I found a great handout that will help you identify what is important. Click Getting to Know Your Class to make a copy.