Mr. Champeau’s Classroom Rules

Hello. My name is Mr. Champeau. I am your sub teacher for today. I have been a teacher for my entire life. Before becoming a sub teacher, I lived and taught English in several different countries including Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Ecuador and Spain. While traveling the world, I became obsessed with polyglots and studied several languages including Thai, Japanese and Spanish. Although I no longer practice any Japanese or Thai, I did become fluent in Spanish. I consider myself to be an expert in language learning and can help anybody become fluent in another language in less than 2 years.

Apart from languages, I am also very skilled with all kinds of technology. I am a Python programmer and web developer. I used my tech-skills to build this website and the flashcard application that enabled me to learn new languages much faster than normally possible.

I am also a certified Yoga teacher. I teach at two yoga studios in Green Bay: Jenstar Movement Studio and Morning Sun Yoga Studio.

If you’d like to learn more about me and my story, check out my teacher profile on this page.

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.

Depending on the official school policy, your regular teacher’s classroom rules, and the particular activity that we are doing, there are a couple of different possibilities if you choose to continue using your phone in class.

  1. I confiscate your phone without warning. Your phone will stay on a desk/table at the front of the classroom until the end of class. If you fight, resist, or argue in any way, I will write you pass to go to the office. You may not return to class. You might get a 0 on whatever we are working on in class.
  2. I will write your name down and another teacher will speak to you about disciplinary action. The teacher may contact the school office and/or your parents.

“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 and it is disrupting or distracting me or other students, I will take your device away. Please do not disrupt other students because you are bored.

If you refuse to do anything educational during class, I will write your name down and let your teacher know what you did do during class so he/she can speak with you and take disciplinary action. Your teacher may follow up with the school office and your parents.

Some Useful Information

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.

When I was a teacher in other countries, the students were curious about me, asked me questions and tried to learn from my knowledge and experience. After all, I was usually the most foreign person they ever met and it was their only opportunity to practice speaking English with a native speaker. In the United States, very few students ask me any questions or try to take advantage of my knowledge any experience. Nobody wants to learn.

Needless to say, 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.

Learning Resources

If you’d like to put your phone down for a moment and learn something, here are some great resources that I share with my online language students. Let me know if there’s something else you’re looking for. I have a pretty big collection of fun learning materials.

Reading Materials