Question 048: School growth
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When regular students miss class, call to check up on them; not to scold them, but to show concern for their welfare. If a student is not attending regularly, talk with them to find out why.
Run your school as a business, but treat the students as if they were part of your family. Make on the spot corrections to bad behavior and counsel the student in private immediately after class. Be tough, but do not overdo it; people respect authority as long as it used justly and fairly.
Be a friend to people and do things to ensure people consider you a friend. People always want to help friends and be loyal to them. If you are just a teacher, if students have a disagreement or complaint of some kind with you, they will have no problem in dropping you and finding another teacher. However, if you are friend, students will not want to leave, even if they become discouraged for some reason. Ask students for their assistance in the school operation, such as solving a computer problem, answering a business question, etc.; just don't be a nuisance. People want to feel needed and, when they help in the school, they feel as though they are a part of the school and partially responsible for the success of the school.
Treat every visitor as a potential customer. Do not pressure or pester them, but ensure they know who you are and that you value them as a person.
Make each student feel special and needed. Although the instructor should not have an obvious favorite student, if asked, each student should think he or she is one of the instructor's favorite students.