We as teachers have three options when dealing with students that come late to class. One option is to let them continue their habit without any repercussions. If asked if there are any implications of how we speak towards the students I would have to say absolutely. A teacher may not say anything verbally but he/she is saying a great deal. The teacher is telling the student that they accept the behavior that is being presented. The second option is to verbally telling them they are late and that they need to be punctual. If a student is habitually late then tell them to be punctual and that they will not be allowed to make up missed work. If they continue the habit then they will be sent to the office. Also, ask the student why they are late to your class and if there is anything you can do to help them not be late to your class. The voice of the teacher can make or break the classroom mood. So if a teacher has a harsh tone with the student then the student will be defensive and if the teacher is calm the student will more likely be more understanding. The third option is to not allow the student back into the class room and to send them straight to the office. This is the harshest way to handle the situation but many times will be the only way a student understands. The goal will be for students to start taking responsibility for their actions.
The tone of voice that a teacher uses when instructing a student go to the office because of this infraction could lead to more class room disturbances. There are many possibilities for students being late to classes. The most feasible reasons for students to be late to class are: students not taking responsibility for themselves and student does not thinking that it is important to be in class on time because there are no consequences. Students that do not take ownership over their responsibilities will be late to school in the morning for first period. The student gives excuses like I over slept or my alarm clock did not go off. The excuses that these students give are many but there is usually a reason for the excuses. The second reason is lack of class room management. If you instill in a student high expectations and strong class room management techniques then they will not want to be late to your class unless there is a personal issue.
If you feel motivated, to find a reason for the behavior, the student will greatly benefit from your caring heart. All students have a reason for their behavior. It is educators who can help them solve the problem and get back on track. Take the student aside and start asking them questions and let them know you are there for them. Make sure you make them feel safe and comfortable. Many people may have different things they feel we should avoid when addressing situation “come to class late.” One thing I feel we should avoid is any female issues or medical situations. This could be embarrassing every party involved. I do not feel that medical issues or female issues should be used as excuses or as an excessive way to be late to class but we should be sensitive to these issues. I would ask a professional if there is a way to identify students that are using medical situations or female issues as excuses.