Received this in an email yesterday morning from university:
“Please make every effort to be punctual (i.e. to arrive before 8:55am). This is a basic professional expectation of all teachers. Thank you for your professional understanding.”
People in education love that word “professional”. I don’t want to criticise the idea that teachers should be professional (it’s difficult to see how you could argue with that), but I find it fascinating how the word is used to exert influence over people – in this case, to encourage you to arrive on time to a conference.
It’s easy to forget that teachers are subject to some of the same behaviour management techniques that we use on our students.