Buras High School
2004-2005 Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION: Let me first start by saying how happy I am to be a teacher at
Buras. In my opinion, it is by far the best school in the parish. I love social
studies and I enjoy teaching World History the most – especially to students who
think it’s not a good subject. If that’s you, I challenge you to keep an open
mind about taking World History.
RESPECT: Respect is a two-way street. In order to be respected you have to gain
respect. If you want me to respect you, you have to respect me. The opposite
is also true: If I want you to respect me, I must respect you. Over the past
four years that I have been a teacher, I have tried to show my students respect
inside the classroom and outside the classroom.
You are in good hands this year. I am a qualified and certified teacher. I say
this because last year, 96% of all the students I taught passed the Social
Studies part of the IOWA and LEAP tests. In fact, the LEAP and IOWA scores went
up an average of eight points. That’s a lot. I say all of this because I want
you to be able to trust me with your education. I know what kinds of
worksheets, activities, test questions, and reading assignments will help you to
score better on the LEAP or IOWA tests. So if you ever question why we are
studying something you can relax and know that there is a good reason.
YOUR ATTITUDE: Having a good attitude about coming to this class will help your
grade more than anything. Leave all access baggage at the door.
CLASS RULES: Classroom discipline is an important part of learning. It is
important for me to have class rules and to stick to them at all times. It is
also important for me to treat all of my students fairly. I only have a few
rules, but I rally stick to them.
1. NO TALKING WHILE THE TEACHER IS TALKING
(This is the most important rule of all.)
2. Be in your desk and ready to work when the bell rings
3. No eating, chewing, drinking, or sleeping in class.
4. Raise your hand to be recognized.
5. Stay in your assigned seat at all times.
6. Do not talk during Daily Edit assignments.
2. Punish Work
1. You must be in your seat when the bell rings. You will be tardy otherwise.
If you are tardy once you will get a warning. For each time after your first
tardy, you will get punish work. If you are tardy five times you will be given
2. After the bell rings you must get to work on your Daily Edit assignment. You
may not talk while you work on your Daily Edit – which usually takes about 10
minutes during the beginning of every class. You will keep a Daily Edit
notebook. Composition books work the best. I will check Daily Edits
periodically – in most cases every two weeks, or when you are working on a test.
Students who do not work on daily edit assignments will be assigned remedial
work. Also, Daily Edit assignments are worth about 20 percent of your nine
3. All students will be assigned a seat. The teacher reserves the right to
move any student at any time for any reason. If a student is not sitting in the
correct seat at the start of class, that student is tardy. If you have a
problem with where you are sitting, please see me about this in private.
4. Students must take notes during note-taking lectures. All notes will be
given on the overhead projector. You don’t have to write the notes down word
for word. You can put them in your own words if you like. You will be allowed
to use these notes for any quiz we take. (All tests, however, are closed
5. Bathroom policy – Students will be allowed to use the bathroom once per
week. Because of this, students must be careful about when they ask to use the
restroom. Also, only two students can use the restroom per class hour. No one
can leave the class during a lecture or a test. DO NOT ASK to use the restroom
when the teacher is lecturing or going over material.
FRIDAY PROCEDURES: Every Friday you will read silently for 15 minutes. This is
called sustained silent reading, and has proven to help people score better on
standardized tests. You can read books, magazines, newspapers. You may not
read anything that may be objectionable to the school. Also, you may not read
any textbook. I will always have reading materials in the classroom if you
forget to bring something to read.
GROUP PROCEDURES: Group work is a very important part of this class. Working
productively in a group can be fun, but it also has to be educational. There
are important rules to follow when working in groups. You must talk quietly.
You must get along with the other group members. You must stay seated. And,
you must sit correctly in the desk. DO NOT ever sit on the desk.
COMPUTER LAB PROCEDURES: Using the computer lab will be a large part of this
class. In fact, we may go into the computer lab up to three or four times a
week. It is very important that you be on your best behavior in the computer
lab. You will also be assigned a seat in the computer lab.
HOMEWORK POLICY: Homework is given to reinforce what is learned in the
classroom. However, students can expect more homework to be assigned if class
time is wasted. The reverse is also true. Less homework will be given if class
time is not wasted. Also, homework will not be given on Fridays.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Please do not ask to bring down the daily attendance. I
will choose who I want to take it down to the office. If you ask, I will say
GRADES: Every assignment is graded and recorded in my grade book. Here is what
each assignment is worth during the quarter.
20% Daily Edit assignments
20% Homework, quizzes, and daily assignment grades
What is the easiest way to pass World History?
1. Do all Daily Edit Assignments.
2. Behave in class (don’t talk while the teacher talks).
3. Take notes when Mr. Hoyle gives them.
4. Have a good attitude.
If you make sure you do all of these things, I promise you will pass this class!
What you need by Wednesday August 18:
1. Cover your book. Book socks are best. Do not tape anything to the book.
2. School supply list:
• 3-subject notebook
• 1 marble composition book (for Daily Edit assignments)
• Choose one of the following: markers, colored pencils, crayons (they will be
stored in the classroom and will be used for projects.)