Mr. Champeau’s Classroom Rules

Hello. My name is Mr. Champeau. I am your sub teacher for today.

I have written this guide to explain how I manage my classroom and what I expect from you as a student in my class. I hope I can be a positive influence in your life and vice versa.

Classroom Rules

  1. Stay in your assigned seats unless you are working with a partner or group and need to sit next to them.
  2. Use classroom technology for educational purposes only.
  3. Ask permission to leave the room. Tell me where you are going and when you will return.
  4. Always keep the room at a reasonable volume. This means I can get everyone’s attention without shouting and others can work without feeling distracted.
  5. No eating in the classroom.
  6. No racist or sexist comments or behavior.
  7. No violence, physical, verbal or otherwise.
  8. No gossiping about other teachers or classmates.

Cellphone Policy

Cell phones must be OUT OF SIGHT for the entire class period. This means in your bags or pockets.

This phone is not out of sight. If I see your phone on your table like this, I will take it away.

I recommend putting your phone in your bag because many people take their cell phones out of their pockets without even realizing it. If I see a cell phone, I will take it away and put it in the phone holder at the front of the classroom, NO EXCEPTIONS.

I finished EVERYTHING!

Many students will finish their work for this class before class time is over. This doesn’t mean that the rules no longer apply to you. Please try to use your time productively. Here are a few examples:
✅ You may study or work on assignments and projects for other classes.

✅ You may work on other educational endeavors (learning a language, studying psychology, writing a resume, applying to jobs, researching careers)
✅ You may read. Normal books, comic books, graphic novels, nonfiction, basically almost anything you like. See my resources linked below.
✅ You may do other creative activities as long as it does not disrupt other students: drawing or other kinds of artwork, writing, etc.

Here are some examples of things you may not do

❌ Using technology for noneducational purposes (social media, watching sports or browsing websites about dirt-biking, celebrity news, funny cat videos, etc.)
❌ Idle conversation about non-school-related topics with other students who are trying to work
❌ Playing video games

If I see you using your technology for noneducational purposes I will take it away. Please do not disrupt other students because you are bored.

Why is my cellphone policy so strict?

Short answer: It’s absolutely terrible for your mental health and has very few positive effects on your life or your ability to learn and grow as a healthy and happy human being. It’s also terrible for my mental health because I have to say “Please put your phones away” like 300 times a day. Teachers are supposed to use their energy to help people learn, not to be the cellphone police and punish students all day.

Long Answer: Perhaps you disagree or don’t understand why your cell phone is not good for your mental health. Your opinion doesn’t really matter because the risks and damage to your mental health caused by cell phones are already scientifically proven. Psychologists and neuroscientists already agree that cell phones are as harmful or more harmful than real drugs like alcohol or cocaine. Please see the following information to learn more:

I’ve been a teacher in several different countries and American students are not doing too well. Here is some evidence

I don’t want to contribute more to the problem. I used to like teaching but now I don’t enjoy it very much because I don’t actually teach very much. I spend a lot of time and energy trying to control the cell phone problem in the classroom.

I believe that all of your lives would be much better without your phone in your face all day and most psychologists, neuroscientists, and teachers agree with me.

Hopefully, this explains why my cellphone policy is so strict.

Learning Resources

Reading Materials

Videos

I seriously finished everything, can I just use my phone NOW?

Can you prove it? Take out your finished work (worksheet, presentation, essay, etc.) and show it to me. Next, fill out this Google form and answer the questions:

  1. What you are currently doing in this class?
  2. What will you be doing tomorrow?
  3. What have you done to make sure you are all up to date with your work for this class?

I will check your answers and tell you if you are allowed to use your phone.