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Please, use these guidelines to download a document: once you click in "download" (any document) make a copy of it and save it to you drive. You then can share it with me. Students must complete the student survey in English (Spanish for the Hispanohablantes class) for credit, Parents Survey is for extra credit.

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Español Lengua y Cultura AP 2016-2017

Español para hispanohablantes

Student Survey

Cuestionario para los padres

Contract in English/Contrato en Español

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Procedure for quiz



by Laura M. Staunton / New Jersey and by Barb Erickson / Michigan

A MEAN teacher insists that each student do the best s/he is capable of doing.

A MEAN teacher insists that students hand in their assignments on time and takes off points for late assignments.

A MEAN teacher does not accept incomplete assignments.

A MEAN teacher requires each student to think carefully and to make her/his own decisions.

A MEAN teacher holds each student responsible for her/his own behavior.

A MEAN teacher makes students keep the classroom, themselves, and their belongings neat and clean.

A MEAN teacher does not allow free time in class until all class work is done.

A MEAN teacher gives homework regularly, sometimes even on weekends.

A MEAN teacher calls on students who don't raise their hands to answer questions.

A MEAN teacher requires all students to treat each other with respect.

A MEAN teacher makes life miserable for students by insisting that they always tell the truth.

A MEAN teacher produces students who are respectful, responsible, and successful.

*(MEAN = Making Excellence A Necessity)


Could I get a job?



NAME _______________________ WEEK ENDING: _________________ TOTAL SCORE _________________



Deficient (0)

Developing (1)

Proficient (3)

Exemplary (4)


Do I show up every day?

I attended 0 to 4 full days this week and/or did not bring a parent-signed note.

I attended 0 to 4 full days this week and brought an excuse note.

I attended more than 4 days this week, and did my best to make the lessons.

P+: I did not miss any classes this week.


Do I arrive on time?

I was late to a class more than once this week.

I was late to a class one time this week.

I was on time to class everyday.

P+: I arrived early to some classes.


Do I meet deadlines?

This week, I had two or more late assignments.

I was late with one assignment this week.

All of my work was turned in one time.

P+: I produced one or more exceptional products this week.


Do I stay on task during work hours?

I accomplished little in class this week. I did not stay on task for most of the work time.

I made progress, but did not do a good job on some tasks because I wasted some class time.

I used my work time efficiently and did a good job on all my assignments.

P+: I brought extra materials just in case…


Do I arrive ready to start working?

I was missing materials for class more than once this week.

I arrived at class without some needed materials once this week.

I had all of my materials for class this week.

P+: I brought extra materials just in case…


Do I participate willingly and share my ideas and skills?

I did not share my lesson ideas in class and contributed little to partner activities.

I shared a few ideas and helped in partner activities, but not as much as other students.

I participated in all class activities, and did my full share of the works.

P+: I gave extra help to other, or shared new ideas for better methods or products.


Is my work of good quality?

Many of my assignments are messy, missing or are of poor quality.

One or more of my assignments is of poor quality, or I scored less than 80%.

My work is neat and complete. I got at least 80% on all scored assignments.

P+: I produced very well organized work and/or scored better than 90% or better.


Do I work well with supervisors and colleagues?

I interfered with others’ learning, safety or well being several times this week.

I interfered with others’ learning, safety or well being once or twice this week.

I worked well with my supervisors and colleagues all week.

P+: I gave extra assistance and courtesy to my coworkers.


Am I honest?

I copied someone else’s work and turned it in as my own or I lied about my work-related activities.

I did not intervene when I knew that a coworker was cheating, but my own work was honest.

I have done my own work and have been truthful about all work activities.

P+: I have shown integrity by leading other students to value honesty.

28-36 Congratulations! You are a valued employee. You can expect a promotion.

24-27 Nice going! You may keep your job.

15-23 You need to improve in several areas. Please meet with your supervisor to discuss a plan of improvement

0-14 You are in danger of losing your job! Please meet with your supervisor and work on an immediate plan of improvement.



Adapted from the article “How to Get Unstuck Now!” by Dr. Gail Saltz, Parade Magazine, March 20, 2005.

“Do your work!” A simple statement, but how often do we make the BAD choice of putting things off to the last minute? Are we lazy? Not necessarily. The truth is that procrastinating has more to do with the emotional dramas we carry within us than with laziness. Do any of these reasons to procrastinate apply to you?

____ “My best ideas come under pressure. I like the excitement of working under a deadline.”

· Adrenaline is a drug like any other and can be as addictive as the black market stuff. Adrenaline may not kill you, but if your teacher doesn’t accept late work, you might wish you were dead.

____ “I enjoy the power of being defiant.”

· Do you believe that doing what you are told to do is the same as letting others rule you? Do you refuse to give them that power?

____ “I’d rather fail on purpose than try my best and fail anyway.”

· Everyone fears the stupid label. There’s more power to own it from the start than to fail in front of others and be told that we are stupid.

____ “I’d rather turn in no work at all than work that I know is not my best.”

· This is a perfectionist talking. If perfectionists turn in mediocre work, they worry that people will think that they, too, are mediocre.

____ “If I do well at school, I might lose friends.”

· People who have friends with low GPAs often worry that their common bond will break if their grades go up.

____ “I’m afraid that if I’m successful once, people will expect me to be successful all the time.”

· This is a common problem. You pass one test with a decent grade, and the adults in your life expect the same thing every time.

­­Other reasons why I procrastinate:




Help for Procrastinators:

Pick one of these for a weekly goal. Try another one next week.

____ Learn to Prioritize. If everything seems like a priority, you’ll feel overwhelmed and get none of it done. And if nothing seems important, nothing will get done. Rate each task by these criteria: a. When is the assignment due?

b. How many points is it worth?

c. What is my current grade in this class?

____ Create a “to do” list every day, ranking the top #3 tasks in order of priority. NEVER write more than 3 tasks. The goal is not making the list; it’s completing the list.

____ Do your work in school. Find bits of time in classes and between classes to do work, so that your out-of-school time is yours. Master students cram in work whenever they can to maximize playtime. This may get you in trouble (e.g. getting caught working on your math homework during a history lecture), but if you train yourself to look for bits of work time throughout the day, you’ll get really good at finding them.

____ Chop up big projects. You can’t swallow a whole moose in one bite; cut it into pieces first. When given a big project, see its parts. Prioritize them. Make a completion schedule and STICK TO IT.

____ Question your beliefs. Do you tell yourself that you work better under pressure? Prove it. Do one task at the last minute, and one ahead. Which one got the better grade? Test the other myths. Are you really too dumb to learn new things? Does everything have to be done perfectly? If you succeed in your determination to flunk classes, is it a Pyrrhic* victory?

____ Suck it up. Be disciplined in one small area, then extend yourself to others. Our lazy inner selves would prefer to kick back and relax all day. Deny them!

____ See one job through all the way to the end. Most procrastinators jump from one task to the next and never finish anything. Make yourself complete one task before moving on to another.

____ When procrastinating, substitute a useful delay device for any that you currently indulge in. When I’m home with a mountain of papers to grade, I tend to drift into my den to spend just a minute playing Packman before I get to work. That minute often turns into many minutes, which leaves me feeling guilty and more stressed than before. Now, when Packman calls, I do an activity that I loathe even more than grading: I clean. The papers might remain uncorrected, but at least my house sparkles – and that does make me feel better.

Advice: Don’t beat yourself up if change isn’t easy. Don’t expect it to happen overnight. If you change one thing a week, you are making progress, and that progress will show you that more change is possible.

*Pyrrhus was an ancient Greek king who tried to protect his colonies in Italy from Roman legions who were determined to conquer them. Pyrrhus won two battles, (in 280 and 279 BC.), but so many of his soldiers died, he couldn’t defend against new attacks. A Pyrrhic victory is a win so costly that it’s not really a win.

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