One of the most e-mailed stories at the NY Times this week is "100 things restaurant staffers should never do" by Bruce Buschel. This may seem a little glib, but as I was reading it, I was thinking: what a great exercise for language teachers! How many of these can you apply to your teaching situation?
The first one is obvious:
1. Do not let anyone enter the restaurant (read: classroom) without a warm greeting.
Others have obvious analogies:
8. Do not interrupt a conversation. For any reason. Especially not to recite specials (read: make corrections). Wait for the right moment.
Still others need some thought:
12. Do not touch the rim of a water glass. Or any other glass. (don't spit on your fingers when handing out papers).
I don't agree with everything he has to say, but there are many good reminders in there.