Any method or script may be used at the teacher's discretion. Consider the following when conducting a welcome call.
- The teacher and student get to "meet" each other
- The teacher can often introduce himself/herself to the parent or guardian
- The teacher helps the student understand the goals and outcomes of the course
- The student leaves knowing what they must do to be successful
- The teacher can answer any specific questions the student has about the course material
- We encourage students to initiate setting up the orientation phone call. However, it is fine if you initiate setting it up as well. If a student consistently does not respond to your request for an orientation phone call, this may be grounds for a warning or drop.
Sample of common student questions:
- What is this class about?
- What do I (the student) need to do to succeed in class?
- When am I expected to turn in work?
- What is your policy on deadlines, late work and extensions?
- How often am I expected to check in via email or phone per week for attendance purposes?
- What if I get stuck – who do I ask for help?
- How can I (the student) contact you (the teacher)?
- How long should I (the student) reasonably expect to wait for feedback on an assignment?
- How do you grade? (If you’re doing anything other than points, you might want to consider a third party gradebook that will do complex weighting for you)
- What is my last day to turn in work?