Class is always a fun and exciting time for students, right? I know everyone is shouting, YES! After many years of teaching I have found certain quirks that can ruin a student.
- Coming in late everyday with a different excuse. I know you probably worked really hard on your excuse; however every excuse is equal to “my dog ate my homework.” Be punctual. Coming in late disrupts the entire class and more importantly you could miss important information.
- Come prepared. It may seem like a wonderful idea to sit in the back row when you forgot to read, but it’s not. Guess what row I call on first…….the back! It is impossible to understand the lecture if you did not read the chapter.
- Have a good attitude. Everyone has a bad day, however when you walk into a classroom be professional and courteous, leave the attitude at the door. Remember a smile is contagious, it can brighten a day.
Classroom behavior often mimics workplace behavior. It would be awful for a student to miss out on a job opportunity simply because of unprofessional behavior. Next time you walk into class look around… every student could be in a hiring position one day. Would he or she want to hire you if you were late every day, slept during class, and never smiled?
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Kara Wiggins - Health Information Technology Program Director - Fort Worth