Do you struggle with students who are consistently 5 minutes late for class? How do you handle them? Do you let them clock in and come into class? Do you stop the class and let them get caught up? Do you ignore them? Dealing with this behavior can be frustrating because it interrupts the flow of your class and can be distracting to both you and the other students.
When dealing with this situation be sure to always follow your school policy and be consistent. What you do for one student, you must do for all students.
Here are 6 suggestions that might help encourage students to show up on time:
It is important to realize that these steps may not solve all of your tardiness problems. You may still have a student who just can’t get to class on time. When that happens, you need to sit down and have a private meeting with the student to find out what is causing them to arrive late. It is important to understand the cause of their tardiness. It may be something out of their control. If necessary, work with your administration to find a solution to the challenge.
Remember, the goal is get the student showing up on time while minimizing any negative impact on the other students in the classroom.