I felt good afterwards, and I saw a few timely students nodding their heads. Late coming, loudly-arriving students really do intrude on the class and interrupt whatever it is we're doing.
Then this morning I see the following email from my Dean:
"Dear Prof. Sizzle,
A student of yours sent me the attached email on Friday. While I would never get in the way of how you teach your classes, I think she makes a good point. We are encouraging our students to be active participants in their own education, and perhaps we can agree that this student is truly interested in being involved. That's good news for all of us. Perhaps you might amend your view on lateness in light of her notes, and of our own record of letting them out early."
And the student note went like this:
"Dear Dean Dean,
Miss Sizzle is my Xxxxxx instructor. She made fun of class especially me last week for lateness. Even though she has twice she let us out of class several minutes early, time that could have been spent working on our material.
I was late one time to class. But it was only because I was reading the assignment for class in the library. I wanted to do well, and so I spent the whole hour before Miss Sizzle's class reading because she always tells us to do our reading a head of time.
If she doesn't care about the last minutes of class why does she care so much about the first minute or two when many students might be getting ready for class. One of my other profeesors taught us that time is elastic, like it is in this case.
And the note to me was cc'd to the student.
So I'm sitting here calmly drinking some tea, wondering if I want to really go to school today, see my student again, wondering if she'll come in with a big grin because she's got the evidentiary letter of rebuke from Dumbass Dean Dean.
Maybe I'll go late, walk in 15 minutes past the hour. Leave 15 minutes early. If time is so elastic, maybe it will work for me, too.
- Sizzle from Salem