In this activity you will find three small scenarios each with an instructor’s interpretation of a situation plus the student’s side.
Are these misinterpreted or unacceptable behaviours?
Read the scenarios and then click on the links below each scenario to see the student’s perceptions and situations.
Scenario 1: The instructor believes that a particular student’s excessive use of cell phones is rude and intrusive.
Student’s perception: I had no idea that you find cell phones rude and intrusive.
Student’s situation: My mother is in the hospital and I check in with her several times throughout the day.
Scenario 2: The instructor notices that certain students do not arrive until the time of a meeting.
Student’s perception: I didn’t realize that you want me to be at meetings 5 minutes before they start.
Student’s situation: I have to drop my children off at two different daycares before I get here.
Scenario 3: The instructor notices that a student is not engaged in learning; she disappears in the middle of things.
Student’s perception: I did not know that I was needed for something.
Student’s situation: I’m Muslim, and I have to pray several times daily.