A student came in late to my class today. She has been late multiple times. In fact, she is usually late and she usually does not look happy when she gets here. From the expression on her face I imagine that she often feels this way, at least in school.
I have dealt with late students in a variety of manners over the years trying to find the best method to get them here on time. I have played the bad cop, called home, sent them to the office, gave them heat myself. I have ignored it in hopes that the student’s marks will motivate them to get to class earlier.
Be happy! It is contagious and will create a far better environment in your classroom for all.