My Student is 20 - Minute Late Again...For 3X Already!

@mjmlagat (3171)
Philippines
October 7, 2008 10:05pm CST
She is my only student in the subject, she did this before, twice already. I guess I have the right to be annoyed. The first time she did this, her excuse was the teacher in her previous subject was late in dismissing her class so I gave my consideration. The second time, she was assigned to post something on the bulletin board by that same teacher--I can't blame the teacher simply because my student can fully exercise the right to say no to her because of my class upcoming. She was just being unwise and complacent on my subject! Her reason today is the extended time of that same teacher--I have lost my aptience already that I did not let ler enter the classroom, she has been late for that long for 3x already! I would appreciate any thought on the situation Guys!. Thanks.
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@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Oct 08
hi mjmlagat why dont you go the direct route and see for yourself. go talk to that teacher that your student says 'always keeps her late for whatever reason. then you will have a'better idea of how to deal with your tardy student.If the teacher is indead to blame then you must treat your student one way, but if the student is totally to blame you have to handle her differently for sure.
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@mjmlagat (3171)
• Philippines
8 Oct 08
Thanks for the response.
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@ron0540 (30)
• United States
8 Oct 08
As a teacher, you have the right to expect your students give your class offering the same consideration and priority as any other of her classes. You gave the amount of consideration any student should expect. If she does not need your class, well, bye bye, if she does need your class, maybe she should reschedule it for another semester. If you get paid by the classes you teach, she owes for the class she chooses not to take, after all, your committed that time for her benefit. I gotta believe you are a damn good teacher. This situation has made you analyze the students behavior beyond what is necessary. And you did this because you care. You are a good teacher, and there is nothing more important in this world than 'Good Teachers'.
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@mjmlagat (3171)
• Philippines
8 Oct 08
Thanks ron for the inspiring response. My goal as a teacher is to give my best to touch the lives of my students that I feel frustrated to know that few of them are less cooperative in the process..I already have my life and so far I am fulfilled and satisfied with it, at least I can share a part of such fulfillment with others. Thanks again for stopping by. Have a nice day!
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@jatamogue (367)
• Philippines
8 Oct 08
Ron's response really says a lot. It is a responsibility accepted as student to attend class when she enrolled for it. The consideration you have shown is really a delicate matter. You don't want to compromise your dealings with other students. It is just difficult to keep things in place when you are faced with a lot of pressures. My proffesor finds a time to tell the students whatever feelings about what the class is doing. It really got us thinking because we saw the teacher's side of the story. Our proffesor is a person too and a person can't stay in one mood for the whole day or not feel exhausted. The proffesor can gracefully adjust his/her feelings accordingly and patiently. It is the proffessor's class after all.
@mjmlagat (3171)
• Philippines
8 Oct 08
Yes, for as long as a student observes his limit on the matter, I always have the generosity for her. But in her case now, it's like she was already being abusive of the consideration I extended. She needs to realize and assume consequences of her action. Thanks for sharin your thoughts here! Have a great day.
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