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Tutorials

Tutorial Policy for Teachers & Students

AHS Tutorial Policy 
(Revised 9/9/13 IC mtg) 

 

Teacher Guidelines

Tutorials were created out of students’ need to find the time to make up tests and to get help from their teachers.  It was also created to give students time to work on their schoolwork.  Tutorial time is academic and educational.  Students must be engaged in an academic activity.  These can include homework, testing, silent reading, research, quiet reflection, etc.  Classroom discipline rules apply.

It is the teacher’s decision as to whether the tutorial climate should encourage collaborative work, which is often noisier than individual work.  One possibility is for departments to agree on certain classes that will be quieter than others.  English, for example, may have special needs for sustained silent reading tutorials. 

Two PE teachers will have a non-roster tutorial for PE activity makeups.  Departments can work out internal rotations as needed for specific activities, labs, or projects that meet facility needs.

Students should remain in class and quiet during PA announcements which will be read at the beginning of tutorial.  After announcements students have the next seven minutes of tutorial to get where their passes indicate.  If a student comes in late (less than 10 min), mark the pass “Tardy,” (more than 10 min) mark the pass “Cut” and send it down to the attendance office (Teresa Hernandez) at your convenience.   We will make the tardy or cut as necessary.

Campus security and administration will give after school detentions to students who do not have the correct pass or for students taking longer than seven minutes to pass.  Saturday School will continue to be the consequence for cutting tutorial.

Later this year, some tutorial time will be dedicated to preparing for the CST tests.  For certain low performing students, this may include reassignment of tutorial for second semester.

Strategies for teachers

  • Give sufficient homework/project deadlines on Monday and Tuesday so that kids have plenty to do on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Give out your tutorial invitations/passes on Monday and Tuesday whenever possible.
  • Teachers should maintain a record of where their students have gone during tutorial
  • Instruct incoming Freshmen during orientation and Link Crew introduction
  • Don’t give passes for students to go to another class (exception of floating to computer labs); only sign “invitations” from other teachers
  • Consider having a campus wide listing of available specialized tutorials including silent reading, technology, etc.
  • Use the specific AHS tutorial passes only.  Include one student name per pass with time and date written in ink.
  • Teachers are encouraged to contact other teachers in case of investigating a student “missing”
  • When possible and appropriate teachers should communicate with other grade level teachers to ensure tutorial is used wisely for all students – particularly at-risk students
  • Faculty will continue to explore the identification of tutorials with specific focus.  For example, comp labs for writing assignments and writing tutors

Tutorial Do’s for Teachers

  • Enrichment or extra credit activities for a particular unit
  • Career panels, guest speakers, etc.
  • CST prep
  • Student conferences and guidance regarding progress reports, grades.  Encourage participation in programs such as extended learning, clubs etc when appropriate.
  • Encourage students to return to your tutorial for additional time or support when appropriate.

Tutorial Don’ts for Teachers

  • Have unreasonable tutorial deadlines for students to make up work.  When students are absent, they have six classes to account for.  Declaring that “you must come on Thursday to make up your work or not at all” places your class above the rest of a student’s schedule.  Students can make up work from absences in class rotation order or in ascending order of grades.
  • Mandatory club or activity meetings without IC or administration clearance
  • Release students from a tutorial after the first seven minutes without strong rationale to do so (this is to cut down on cutting, loitering and abuse of passing time)
  • Allow the same students to go to the library during tutorial all of the time or send more than two or three in any given tutorial period (to prevent overcrowding in the library)

Student Guidelines

Tutorials were created out of students’ need to find the time to make up tests and to get help from their teachers.  It was also created to give students time to work on their schoolwork.  Tutorial time is academic and educational.  Students must be engaged in an academic activity.  These can include homework, testing, silent reading, research, quiet reflection, etc.  Classroom discipline rules apply.

It is the teacher’s decision as to whether the tutorial climate should encourage collaborative work, which is often noisier than individual work.

Students should remain in class and quiet during PA announcements which will be read at the beginning of tutorial.  After announcements students have the next seven minutes of tutorial to get where their passes indicate. 

Campus security and administration will give after school detentions to students who do not have the correct pass or for students taking longer than seven minutes to pass.  Saturday School will continue to be the consequence for cutting tutorial.

Tutorial Do’s for Students

  • Quiet study time
  • Catch up on missing assignments
  • Review before tests
  • Confer with teacher about progress and grades
  • Make up tests or activities
  • Research for ongoing projects
  • Silent reading
  • Read a newspaper or magazine
  • Computer-based activities or research
  • Be sure you only use the specific tutorial pass with only your name and a teacher signature, date and time in ink
  • Use the library for quiet work or resources that are present in the library

Tutorial Don’ts for Students

  • Listen to MP3s/IPods or use other non-school related electronic devices such as cell phones
  • Put on makeup
  • Chat rooms or games
  • Non-instructional movies
  • Hang out/social time
  • Leave the tutorial you are in after the first seven minutes
  • Go to the library every tutorial or use the library for non-productive activities