Bellydance Teachers Starting And Finishing Classes Late

Starting and finishing class on time is of utmost importance. Not only does it show a professional attitude towards your work but, more significantly, also shows respect for your students’ time.

Students often have to move heaven and earth to get to class: they dash out of work, fight the traffic, risk life and limb to get parking, sprint to the studio, and change in to their workout clothes at the speed of light…all to get to Bellydance class on time. And after all their efforts it’s a slap in the face if the teacher can’t be bothered to start class at the allocated hour. Teachers should extend the same courtesy their on-time students show towards them by beginning each lesson on time.

Also, I’m well-aware that there are always late students. Sometimes it’s not their fault but, from experience, much of time they’re just slack. Either way, waiting for their arrival to start class is not an option. Why should the class’s start time be dictated by latecomers - I mean, should the class restart again and again as each latecomer drifts in? Allow the allocated timeslot to dictate the start time: it’s respectful to those who make the effort to get there on time and doesn’t pander to those who don’t.

As for finishing class on time, some teachers have the attitude that they’re being generous to their students by taking the class into overtime. But in fact they’re showing disregard for the fact that students have a life beyond Bellydance class. Some students get picked up from class by their partner, others have kids to collect from the babysitters, and all of them have to eat dinner. Finishing class on time displays respect for the fact that every Bellydance students’ life consists of more than just Bellydancing.

On top of that, if there is another class after yours, it’s a professional courtesy - in fact, a professional obligation - to the teacher taking that class to finish in a timely manner so that she can start and finish on time too.

Remember, without students you would not be a teacher, so it’s your obligation to show respect for the people who make your classes possible. Be a professional: start class on time, and finish class on time.

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Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

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