- I didn't stand in front of the class and say, "Y para el martes tienen que tomar la primera prueba in Compass." "For Tuesday you have to take the first Compass quiz."
- I didn't stand in front of them and say, "Y las reglas para las reflexiones son un poco diferentes para esta clase que para SPAN 232." "The rules for this class's reflective essays are a little different than SPAN 232's rules."
- But I did say this to them in our first class meetings: "No les voy a decir qué hacer para esta clase; está todo escrito." "I'm not going to tell you what to do for this class; it's all written down."
- You tell people who arrive late not to do it again. In front of everybody.
- Your very first e-mail to us had a lot of information that we were supposed to read and instructions for us to follow.
- I added: the very first line of the very first message I wrote said, "If you don't have the prereqs for this course, you might as well stop reading right now and drop the course."
If a student was "reading me" she/he should get that I am serious, direct, and expect students to read and follow instructions on their own. I am other things as well (at least I think I am encouraging, engaged, interested in my students as people, etc.), but I was giving very clear messages about my expectations and my teaching style even before I met my students.
My students may not have appreciated being put through these passes. (Students: leave a comment--anonymously--if you want to say whether you hated or appreciated the activity!) But I think it just may have been one of the most important "lessons" about entrepreneurship that I will give them this whole semester. Not because I am important. Because being a good "people-reader" can get you far.