After teaching for the last 18 years their are some simple things that all my 5th graders are expected to do. In my class I call them non-negotiables. As a fifth grade team we have adapted across all classes. When students have not followed the list of Non-Negotiables they loose some credit on an assignment. In my class it is 1point so as not to affect their overall grade. I have parents sign off and keep a copy of the list so that they are aware of the ways their student may loose points. This is in a word document so that it can be changed for the different grade levels.
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