Monday, September 5, 2011

What do YOU put in your syllabus?

 I meet my students in less than 24 hours...and I am running around doing a million things...

One of which, is creating a class syllabus...I used to offer it here on the blog, but felt that it is pretty specific to my class, so may not be of interest to anyone.  Let me know otherwise!  I include necessary materials, expectations, and breakdown of the grade among other things.

The other thing I created is a Getting To Know Your Student form.  I will pass it out stapled to an envelope.  I print the envelopes to say my name and room number on them, because I find that the students accidentally turn the form in to their homeroom teachers or the office, forgetting who gave them it!
Check this Getting To Know You Paperwork FREEBIE out here on Teachers Pay Teachers!

About "Getting To Know Your Child":

I have used this form in the middle grades to obtain information from parents when my school’s digital program for information had issues with accuracy and detailed information. I would often find that parent phone numbers were inaccurate or were not the best contact number for the parent. By asking parents to complete this for, I not only obtained information regarding the student learning style, but also verified contact information. I ask for addresses because I like to send postcards throughout the year. I ask for email addresses and phone numbers to verify those the school has on file - often finding phone numbers have changed. I ask for parent signatures to use for comparing for verification against signatures on future papers. The form also asks for parent-generated information about the student's strengths, weaknesses, interests, etc. I usually pass out this form with an envelope with my information on it to have the parent return the form.

Above is the "Getting to Know Your Child" Form in the abbreviated version. 

About "Getting To Know You: Technology":
I have used this form in the middle grades in a school with a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. I have created two version of the form. One that asks questions regarding student access to technology at home. And one that asks questions about students access to technology at home AND regarding devices to bring to school.  

 Above is the "Getting to Know You: Technology" Form in the abbreviated version. 

A Note About This ProductI know that my student info form is detailed...but I find that sometimes the parents provide information that can otherwise not be found in the online files... so  the detailed form is worth it!

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Kari said...

I know this is an old post and maybe you have figured out the font thing. If you haven't, I would suggest saving your file as a pdf before you upload it. This should keep the original font intact for you.

Middle School Survival Guide said...

Hi Kari! Yes, this is an old post...from long before I transferred my documents to TpT! I received a few email requests for the product this weekend, which reminded me that it must still be one I forgot to update and transfer! :) I added this product (after revising and updating) to TpT and will update this old post tomorrow. Thanks!

Learning a Latte said...

I know this is an older post, but I'm a first year Middle School teacher looking for an example syllabus to model mine from. I found this post through Pinterest, and was wondering if you'd mind e-mailing me your syllabus? Thanks so much!

A Middle School Survival Guide said...

Congrats @ Learning a Latte! I love Middle School! I can't seem to locate your contact information. I will be happy to send mine your way. Email me at :)

Caitlin said...

I am a first year middle school teacher and I was wondering if I might be able to refer to your syllabus as an example. If you wouldn't mind sending it to me, my email is Thank you so much :)

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