Always remember to be respectful. Be prepared for class too. And while you’re at it, be on time. These are Norm’s Norms.
It’s undoubtedly gone unnoticed that there are some new posters inhabiting, and almost taking over, the walls of hallways and classrooms. Many, including myself, have wondered what in the world they are there for.
According to guidance counselor, Rachel Faulkner, these posters were placed in every classroom and practically around every corner to unite the teacher’s classroom values and expectations in order to help the freshmen understand what is typically expected from them. Also, if they tend to rub off on the rest of the school, that would be considered another great benefit. A group of teachers and administrators gathered at the end of the last school year to discuss the possibility of these signs. After these teachers agreed what the common problems in the classrooms here at North were, it was decided that the posters would call attention to respect, preparedness and timeliness of students.
I’m sure students have had a lot to say about these posters. No doubt, all negative. At first I was a little skeptical myself. Why not put something more important than “bring a pencil to class” on the posters? How about talking about the dress code. That seems to be a major problem at North much more than being late.
However, I eventually came to realize that these posters are actually a good thing. First, each teacher will be able to customize these rules to apply to their room specifically. Being prepared for Geometry may be different from being prepared for AP Psychology. Either way, we’re taught how to be prepared for different situations. Secondly, these are things that we need to learn for the future. For a job, I need to be on time, prepared to work, and respectful to my boss and co-workers. Not to mention, they’re still good things to put to use for the present. Following these expectations will allow students to be successful in class.
Really, it’s something that could be useful at certain times. Now, if we could just get some posters directing people on proper hallway uses, I’d be pleased.