What do you do in that uncomfortable moment when the class’s attention is diverted away from you and to the late student coming in the door? What do your actions say about yourself in that moment?
The key question here is how you regard the late student: as an interruption or an opportunity?
Some instructors take it as an interruption and even an insult if someone comes in late. They feel it is disrespectful, and disruptive, to come in late. They take it personally. And it shows.
Taking it personally is a luxury we can’t afford. I do just the opposite and regard it as a compliment. Here’s how I reframe the issue.