Imagine a day in your classroom where you are just about getting into your flow with the lesson and your students are listening to you intently. And then in walks a latecomer and at once, the hold you had over all the students is broken. Late comers disrupt a class and they also erode class morale. As a teacher it is your duty to handle this disruption in the best way you can and maintain discipline.
Here are few ways to deal with students who are chronic late-comers.
Set clear rules at the beginning of the school year and let your students know that punctuality is an essential disciplinary value. Make them understand that tardiness will not be entertained in your class. You can establish a rule such as: if a student walks in 5 minutes later than you, then they will have to spend the remainder of the class outside.
2. Keep A Bench Vacant Near The Front Door
Consult with administrative stuff and ask them to arrange for a bench near the classroom door. This is so that when late comers walk in, they can sit at this desk instead of making their way through the class and disrupting it. The late-comers can then occupy their regular seats after the class.
3. Ignore Them
o not try to find out why the students are late for class before the other students. Focusing your attention on them and their excuses simply disturbs the whole class. Instead, ignore them and talk to them after your class and find out the reason why they are late.
4. Warn If It Is The First Time
If a student is late for the first time, warn him/her instead of imposing a punishment. Because no matter how hard we try, at times we may also get late to work. But this may not be acceptable always, let the students know that they are being excused only because they are late for the first time.
5. Talk To Parents If Late Coming Persists
There may be a student who is always late, no matter what punishment you give him. Try talking to the student after class and find out the actual reason for his late-coming and try to help him with the issue. If the issue persists, talk to their parents.
6. Keep Record Of Lateness
Keep record of students’ lateness and let them know that if they arrive late for three days they will get an ‘a’ (absent) for one day. Keep note of students who always arrive on time and reward them appropriately. This encourages students to arrive to class on time.
Usually teachers do important tasks like giving exam papers, assigning classroom activities, marking attendance at the end of the class. Instead do these tasks at the beginning of the class so that if students do not arrive on time they miss it. This motivates them to arrive to the class on time.
How do you deal with late coming students in your class? Have you used any of the above tips? Please share your suggestions and experiences with us in the comments section below!