protocol for tardiness to group class?

Kate Saphir Alm said: Jan 14, 2014
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Davenport, CA
6 posts

Please let me know , teachers,if you have a protocol in place for admitting tardy students to the group class. These children are young- K,1, and 2nd grade, so it is not even their fault that they are late…The class is a drop -off situation.
Thank you!

Jennifer Visick said: Jan 16, 2014
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

Better late than never? Unfortunately if you don’t have an assistant or if the student can’t tune their own instrument, you have to stop the class to tune the tardy students’ instruments. Maybe explaining this to the parents will help them realize that their child can’t just ’slip into the back of class’ without causing an interruption in your teaching?

Kate Saphir Alm said: Feb 24, 2014
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Davenport, CA
6 posts

Thanks, well they are pianists, so no tuning necessary. I ended up just instructing them to wait at the door, then when I give them a nod, they say “Sorry I am late, may I join the class now?” I told them that it shows respect to the class and is good etiquette.Their parents have heard me instruct them, so hopefully now that they know what to expect they will mae a better effort to be on time. I am mixed about it because the little kids are shy speakers and I feel it just borders on them feeling ashamed—which I definitely would not want- but it was the best I could come up with .

Jennifer Kovarovic said: Feb 24, 2014
Jennifer Kovarovic
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Seattle, WA
18 posts

I actually really like what you came up with. Of course, I’m sure you’d prefer it if your students were never late! What if you tell the parents that you’d like them to start dropping of their children ten minutes early, because students need time to get organized (and mentally prepared) for group classes. That way, even if the parents arrive 10 minutes “late” they’ll still be on time.

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