Course Syllabus and Timeline
A course syllabus and timeline also help students envision what they will be expected to accomplish over the school year and plan their time accordingly.
Make it clear to the students that they are expected to always adhere to safe practices, both in the classroom and at the job site.
Program Rules and Discipline Policies
Go over the disciplinary procedures and consequences for not following rules.
TEA Recommendation: Require students and their parent/guardian sign documents stating that they have read and understand their responsibilities with regards to the course, and that they are aware of the consequences for failing to meet their responsibilities. It is important that both the student and the parent/guardian are aware that the work component counts towards the student’s grade for the course.
Take a moment to review and save a sample Program Agreement form.
Grading Policies and Procedures
Cover the grading procedures with the WBL students at the beginning of the course and answer any questions the students may have. The WBL handbook, course syllabus, and/or program rules sheet should explain how students earn their grades.
Section 9 discusses WBL evaluation and grading in more depth.
Explain the procedures for documenting hours worked, how absences may affect the student’s weekly wage/hour form, and whether docked hours may be made up with extra hours.
Some districts allow students to “bank” hours by working additional hours in one week to make up for fewer hours in another.
Students should not report to their training site on a day that they are absent from school, with the possible exception of special circumstances and when approved in advance by the teacher-coordinator.
Professional Work Ethic
The characteristics of a strong work ethic can be summarized for students using the “3 Ps Plus.”
Having a strong work ethic means being
- polite; and
Plus, a strong work ethic means doing what you say you are going to do.
Suggested Classroom Activity
Look for answers like those listed here.
Being punctual means:
- leaving the house early in case traffic is bad;
- setting a realistic appointment time;
- being somewhere when you say you will be there; or
- arriving at least five minutes before you are scheduled to start work.
Being polite means:
- being considerate of others;
- being courteous; or
- addressing adults using “Mr.” or “Ms.” and saying “please” and “thank you.”
Being professional means:
- taking work seriously;
- speaking and writing clearly and correctly (no slang or text speak);
- dressing appropriately, or
- being polite to people even if you don’t like them.