Some years ago I lived in St. Louis, Missouri. I taught both in Missouri and in Alabama on a regular basis. To keep myself organized, I had two large tote-bags – one for Missouri and one for Alabama. After a few years, these bags got rather heavy as I added new classes. One day in Missouri I decided I would only take out the file for the class I was going to teach. (Are you guessing where I am going with this?) When I arrived at the school, which was about 45 minutes from my home, I started to set up for my class. About 10 minutes before the class the proctor said to me, “Remember to tell them that they will receive both 3 hours of an elective CE class for the state as well as their quadrennial requirement for NAR. I calmly said okay and returned to the classroom to put away my file on “Fair Housing”. I had nothing with me about the Code of Ethics. Fortunately the students had their handouts. I taught that day strictly from the handouts. To my amazement the class was a success. There is only one reason for that success. I was not “distracted” with my material and I paid total attention to my students. What a great lesson.
By Anne Powell
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