This is a 1200-word professional document for teachers. The document is given to parents as part of the Back-to-School or Open House evening and philosophical in nature as well as practical. It can be used pretty much as is or can quite easily be adapted by you since it contains several "best practices" for all subjects taught and for working with middle schoolers.
It has been refined and improved over the course of a lengthy teaching career. It contains the following:
1)A statement of teaching philosophy and classroom principles that are applicable to any good teacher.
2)Important information for the year on homework and field trips, learning projects, grades, etc.
3) A guide to the language arts program that includes expectations for reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. This section is outstanding.
4) A guide to the math program that includes use of calculators, mental math, individualization, etc.
5) Short guidelines for the social studies program