14. Respect other people's time

"We respect other people's time when we learn to value it as much as our own.  Even better, we can get to a point where we won't distinguish between our time and the time of others."  --Dr. Forni



  1. Spend some time setting up a line of dominoes.  Dominoes should stand on their short side and be close enough to knock the next one over.  When all the dominoes have been set up, knock the first one over and watch what happens.  Now set them up again.  This time take several dominoes out of the middle so that there is a hole in the line.  Knock the first one over and watch what happens.  Set the dominoes up on more time, but don't knock the first one down.  Now think about the dominoes as students in a class.  If all the dominoes are present and on time, they can accomplish their task.  If some dominoes are not in line (or paying attention) was the task completed?  If the the first domino never fell over (or was late) was the task completed?  If you are late or wasting time, how does that affect the other members of the class?
  2. Divide your group into teams.  Each team should have an equal number of players.  Each team gets a marker and a large piece of paper.  Each team chooses one player to go first.  That first player gets 30 seconds to write down all of the words he can think of the begin with a certain letter.  When the time keeper calls time at thirty seconds, players must stop writing, even if they are in the middle of a word.  If they finish their word or keep writing, then forfeit all of the other words on their list.  Each team chooses a second player to repeate the process with a different letter.  Repeat until each player has had a turn.  The team with the most words on their sheet wins.  Was it difficult to stop writing when the timekeeper called time?  Did it benefit the group as a whole if you did?


Discussion questions:

  1. What does it mean to "waste" time?
  2. How does arriving promptly, avoiding interruptions, and leaving on schedule demonstrate civility?