The John Hay Elementary syllabus is a clear example of what an effective elementary classroom syllabus looks like. The syllabus begins with behavior, highlighting the classroom rules. The syllabus then includes a brief overview of curriculum for all subjects. Finally, a list of differentiation strategies are provided and teacher contact information given. The purpose for this syllabus was mainly to outline the topics and skills that will be covered in all different subjects. This syllabus was given to parents and students on curriculum night. All additional classroom information that one might find on a syllabus regarding behavior expectations, attendance and homework policies, and schedules/events/etc. were handed out in the first-day packet. As Wong and Wong say, “The effective teacher has positive expectations for student success” (p.34). This syllabus clearly lays out teacher expectations for students in each subject area. Through this syllabus, parents, teacher, and students can all be aware of what they are expected to learn this school year.
Wong, H. K. & Wong R. T. (2009). The First Days of School: How to be an Effective Teacher. Mountain View, CA: Harry K. Wong Publications, Inc.