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Lisa M Lane

Another perspective.

This is a larger issue of behavioral expectation and rules. I have decided that as a college instructor this is not my problem unless it is truly disruptive, and I think a lot less is disruptive now than I used to!

I used to have many rules and spent much time explaining. It took my time and stressed me out to deal with them being late, missing class, etc. What were my rules for? to make ME crazy? Talking to them individually led to excuses. I felt like Miss Manners. Extra teaching, in a field that isn't mine.

The students who won't come on time simply will not. I have decided to let that be. Their loss. I removed the note from my syllabus, and all consequences. I don't mention it unless they ask, and when they ask I talk about expectations, never rules.

No more students are late than before. It's the same percentage (I've been doing this 21 years), and the same students -- a few coming in late doesn't make others come in late so long as I start on time.

Less stress, fewer rules, no snowballing, students who feel I respect them enough not to need so many rules. I'm good.

Dr. Delaney Kirk

Thanks for sharing, Lisa. I do go back and forth between "we should role model appropriate behavior for workplace" to "they are adults and should take the consequences such as missing part of lecture/class activities if do not come on time."

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