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« on: April 19, 2012, 8:36:12 pm »

I have a student in class who stays only half time. He walks in 15 minutes late and walks out 15 minutes early everyday. It happens in the middle of each lecture and I am beginning to get annoyed.
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2012, 8:37:51 pm »

It seems to me that the reason that it's happening is because you're letting it.

What have you done to stop him or to address it?
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2012, 8:57:47 pm »

It seems to me that the reason that it's happening is because you're letting it.

What have you done to stop him or to address it?

This.  The generous expectation is that he has three classes scheduled in a row and has trouble getting to yours from the first and to the third from yours, but that still isn't an excuse for his behavior--and many registration systems are set up to disallow consecutive booking of classes at greater than a brief walk between them.
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2012, 9:32:45 pm »

It seems to me that the reason that it's happening is because you're letting it.

What have you done to stop him or to address it?

Yes. Particularly when a student gets up to leave early, I stop dead in my tracks. "John! Was it something I said? No? But it is 9:30 and this class goes to 9:50, I don't understand why you are leaving? Are you going to the registrar to get a drop slip for this course? Because if you are not, you had better sit back down and take some notes. And please come to class on time, starting tomorrow. Thanks John."

It is up to you to set the classroom expectations.
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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2012, 9:50:47 pm »

Yeah, I told him about it. I hope he listens. I have been lucky with students so far, but suddenly there is this immature weirdo. It's as bad as last year's ghost--the one who never came (except for the last class) and failed.
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2012, 2:53:07 am »

I wrote on the board once, "Please don't wander in and out of class. Stay with us!"

One student got up to go out, and the others pointed at the board. She sat down and stayed.

If she hadn't, I would have e-mailed her to see me before the next class.

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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2012, 3:23:00 am »

I don't lock doors, wouldn't if I could, but around the third week of the semester when students wander in 15 minutes late, I just point, mid-sentence, to the door and say, "No, class begins at X:XX".  This semester I sent out two emails that said, "Thanks for stopping by today, but you do realize that leaving half way through class does not count for attending, right?"   Last semester I had a student who would wander in and out of class, fortunately he sat back next to the door which opens onto a very inviting courtyard.  Much to his amazement, and failure, we covered material while he strolled.  Yesterday a student drifted out of class leaving his laptop and blackberry on his desk.  As it turned out, we finished up very early.  I imagine his stuff was waiting for him when he stopped by, but I neither know nor care. I think next fall I will get tougher on the young men who seem to have prostates the size of softballs.

Oh, oh, I just had an evil thought:  I want to pass out Depends on the first day of class.  After all, it is a full 80 minutes.
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2012, 2:00:04 pm »

I once had a colleague who locked the door when class began.  The banging on the door, IMHO, was far more disruptive than just letting the student quietly enter and slip into a seat in the back (which is what my late students generally do).
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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2012, 2:21:04 pm »

I'm sure locking the door also could get you in trouble with fire regulations.

A writing assignment at the beginning or end of class would encourage the half-timer to drop or disappear entirely.

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« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2012, 4:00:13 pm »

I'm sure locking the door also could get you in trouble with fire regulations.


You know, I've heard this mentioned a lot, but all classroom doors on my campus only lock to the outside. (That is, students can't come in unless I let them in if I lock it, but anyone can leave.) I don't think I've ever been in a classroom on any campus that locked and couldn't be opened from inside the room...

(On preview, what Polly said.)

I do lock the door one minute after class begins for the first few weeks to discourage lateness, and make a bit of a show of letting them in. It helps me learn names, too, because I make a point of asking and imply that I'm keeping careful track of such things.
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« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2012, 10:15:39 pm »

I'm sure locking the door also could get you in trouble with fire regulations.


You know, I've heard this mentioned a lot, but all classroom doors on my campus only lock to the outside. (That is, students can't come in unless I let them in if I lock it, but anyone can leave.) I don't think I've ever been in a classroom on any campus that locked and couldn't be opened from inside the room...

(On preview, what Polly said.)

I do lock the door one minute after class begins for the first few weeks to discourage lateness, and make a bit of a show of letting them in. It helps me learn names, too, because I make a point of asking and imply that I'm keeping careful track of such things.

I think one minute is way too restrictive at any point in the semester, but especially in the first weeks of class, unless your campus is dotted with atomic clocks all of which are synchronized and ringed by open parking spaces.  For instance it took me half the semester to discover that there was a 15 minute mid-day window when close in parking was always available on two particular days that I taught a mid-day class.

At the first class of the semester I say nothing to "lates", after that and for the next 2-3 weeks when a student comes late I stop what I am doing and loudly say "Class begins at H:MM, not H:MM."  At about week three I just shake my head and point to the door as students enter > 5 min. late.  Very late in the semester, well past when the group has jelled, I start being more flexible but I will always say something like "John, I thought we were past this, class begins at...." to make the point.  I teach small, interactive classes in small rooms, often the only door or open seat is in the front of the room; if I lectured in a stadium room I probably would not care about "lates", but I don't know.
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« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2012, 10:30:58 pm »

I'm sure locking the door also could get you in trouble with fire regulations.


You know, I've heard this mentioned a lot, but all classroom doors on my campus only lock to the outside. (That is, students can't come in unless I let them in if I lock it, but anyone can leave.) I don't think I've ever been in a classroom on any campus that locked and couldn't be opened from inside the room...

(On preview, what Polly said.)

I do lock the door one minute after class begins for the first few weeks to discourage lateness, and make a bit of a show of letting them in. It helps me learn names, too, because I make a point of asking and imply that I'm keeping careful track of such things.

I think one minute is way too restrictive at any point in the semester, but especially in the first weeks of class, unless your campus is dotted with atomic clocks all of which are synchronized and ringed by open parking spaces.  For instance it took me half the semester to discover that there was a 15 minute mid-day window when close in parking was always available on two particular days that I taught a mid-day class.

At the first class of the semester I say nothing to "lates", after that and for the next 2-3 weeks when a student comes late I stop what I am doing and loudly say "Class begins at H:MM, not H:MM."  At about week three I just shake my head and point to the door as students enter > 5 min. late.  Very late in the semester, well past when the group has jelled, I start being more flexible but I will always say something like "John, I thought we were past this, class begins at...." to make the point.  I teach small, interactive classes in small rooms, often the only door or open seat is in the front of the room; if I lectured in a stadium room I probably would not care about "lates", but I don't know.

1. I do let them in. I just make them wait to be let in. It works.

2. I teach 90% freshman, in a building centrally located amidst all of the on-campus housing. There's nowhere a freshman can live on campus that's more than a 10 minute walk from the building. Generally speaking, if they're late, it's not due to parking or traffic.
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« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2012, 11:42:56 am »

I actually allow people to glide in late on their longboards or whatever.  If someone leaves early, I assume that they had a good reason for doing so. 

One disadvantage we have is that we can't lock classroom doors.  I wish we could in this the age of VA Tech and so on, but we can't.
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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2012, 2:28:16 pm »

It does happen that certain students are chronically late because they have a previous class which is really far away.  I'm not saying this is a reason for overlooking it, but it does happen. 
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« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2012, 5:14:36 pm »

I had a student leave midway through class the other day, then realize he had left his bottle of Coke in the classroom, then come back in and get it and leave immediately again. I still didn't say anything. I am the hugest wimp of classroom management ever.
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