One of the course goals is for you to become an independent learner. This means several things. It means that you do work outside of class, not just in the 40 minutes that you are in my room. It means that you adhere to deadlines and assignment requirements. It means that you take responsibility for work you miss when you are out. Translation: I will not chase you down to tell you what you missed. You need to take the initiative. Being an independent learner means you read the directions on an assignment before you ask, "What am I supposed to do?" Being an independent learner means you try to do something on your own before you ask for help.
Independent, responsible learners have the skills it takes to succeed in any class at any level!