Class Agenda #1 – Welcome Back


Standing Circle Around the Room

Opening Reading-

“To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles…

And indeed, that IS the question: whether to float with the tide, or to swim for a goal. It is a choice we must all make consciously or unconsciously at one time in our lives. So few people understand this! Think of any decision you’ve ever made which had a bearing on your future: I may be wrong, but I don’t see how it could have been anything but a choice however indirect — between the two things I’ve mentioned: the floating or the swimming.” -Hunter S. Thompson

  • Whip 1- Introductions- Introduce yourself to Mr. B and Ms. Stineman
  • Whip 2- React to the reading, say a few words that stand out or a 10 word connection.

Number Off – 1-5, like groups together.

Mini-Lesson- Norms and Expectations-

SLTs- I can recognize and understand the expectations for Mr. B and for Room 14o

School Expectations- Behavior Expectations and Ladder of Referral Revised

Mr. B’s Classroom Exceptions-  

  • Be Cool
  • Recognize that this space and floor is different than upstairs and it is all of our jobs to adapt to the environment
  • Leave NO TRACE
  • Try new things and take chances. I am going to push you with texts that will push your comfort levels, but try them.

Classroom Norms-

  • Think about who you are and what you want or need from school/this class.
  • Think about who is around you and what they want or need from school/this class.
  • Think about how you want like to be treated, how you expect to be treated, how you hate to be treated.
  • Think about the environment you need to learn.

Class Work-

In your Groups:

  1. Use the scrap paper to jot down, or sketch and label the classroom environment that you can learn best in. Keep in mind our school-wide expectations.
  2. Use the VPA Character Traits and Habits of Scholarship to help you create a list of norms that will help create the environment you discussed. Aim for about 5 norms.


Exit- Groups be sure to put names on the sheet and hand in.







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