Thank you for sharing. I shared this post via email with my colleagues today. I hope it inspired them as much as it did me! You must keep in mind there are those students that through no fault of their own shut down if overwhelmed. They are unable to get started which frustrates them as much as teachers. These children sometimes have to learn a different way than the majority.
A project can not be given to them in total but one step at a time.. Yes, absolutely! You make such a great point about students often being as frustrated as teachers in these instances. School just started for me two weeks ago.
I teach kindergarten and I have a student who not only refuses to do his work but is oppositional defiant, in addition. I tried offering choices, counting down, and using a behavior chart where he is stamped for completed work, but nothing has worked. I pray every morning for a change. Thank you for the reminder that I can only control myself, not anyone else. Your message was really timely and meaningful to me.
That can help with relationship-building with this particular student without taking time away from the rest of the class. All the best to you!
If you have students not wanting to work, I ask you to find out if the child is being bullied at home or in the school. It maybe their way of dealing with the pain, and asking for help. My son was bullied, and the school did little to stop it. He hated going , and refused to do more than he had to, to pass. Unfortunately, that is often true. In the meanwhile, the student is still showing up to class each day and the teacher has to focus on how to keep the momentum of the class going so that students can continue to learn.
Thanks for the article; I truly enjoyed it. You are so right about the teacher having the right attitude. I have had several students who do not want to work at all and whom I have been approaching the wrong way. Thanks for your tips.
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Great post! Wonderful ideas for a reality based problem. It is so easy to lose patience with these children. But your article gives teachers a framework, something that they can hang on to, as they address this issue. As you point out, persistence is the key to success. Thank you for your post. One day a student could be all enthusiastic about learning and the next, disengaged and distracted, and I learned not to take it personally. For the students who are not interested in doing work, I do follow the steps that you outlined above.
I always have to remind myself to talk to my students human-to-human and to remind them that I care about their success in my class and redirect them back to their short-term and long-term goals. Whenever I talk to them, I always pull them outside of class to have a one-on-one conversation, a little pep talk without the eyes and ears of the rest of the class. I believe that the students appreciate the gesture and feel noticed that someone cares. What about undiagnosed vision problems? I do appreciate what you do immensely, but we need to stay open to all possibilities.
But certainly teachers need to be mindful of vision problems and potential medical issues. Thanks for mentioning it. I plan to implement this strategies. Thank you for those golden nuggets of wisdom.
Thank you for sharing your experiences.
I am a student educator at Kansas State University and yet another great support piece I am going to take with me into the classroom! Thank you. Thank you for providing this advice to current and future educators. I have never commented on any post before, but this one really spoke to me! Your suggestions are highly appropriate, maintains student dignity, and the teacher remains in charge, not the student. Thank you so much! I emailed a lengthy comment to a previous podcast. Here was the answer.
I feel encouraged. Thank you again,. Just thank you.
They give me a spark! They show me why I love my profession. So relevant. There is a lot of pressure to pitch everything to engage the non-engaged and I am exhausted trying. Great to see this and see that it is so relevant. Many thanks. I am going to be dead honest with you.
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Your article felt like a cop out. So, it appears that when your recommended strategies do not work… you do what has become the mainstream catch all. Blame the teacher!
It is their fault, their strategy, or they actions that failed. Frankly, this was not worth my time. Harsh words for sure. But is the truth. This felt like every workshop most teachers are required to attend. Teenage comments in response to our recent writing prompts, and an invitation to join the ongoing conversation. Are female athletes held to unrealistic and unhealthy expectations and standards?
We invite middle school and high school students to play critic and submit an original review about any kind of creative expression covered in The Times. Opens: Nov. Ends: Dec. An invitation for students to write about food and fashion, movies and music, books and buildings for a global audience. Featuring writing prompts, mentor-text lesson plans and a culminating contest.
A flexible program for middle and high schools based on the real-world writing found in newspapers, from editorials and reviews to personal narratives and analysis essays. In this lesson, students consider what makes a demonstration effective and come up with ideas for a climate change protest. This word has appeared in 25 articles on NYTimes. What good leadership looks like.
I teach persistence through rigorous revision, returning draft after draft to students for improvement. At the end of the day and at the end of the school year, I—like many teachers I know—think the most important lesson we can teach our students is how to build a better world. I recently polled my Facebook audience to see what their most important lessons were and how they taught them.
Civil discourse! They had to read an article that was pro and an article that was con about a topic. Students had to have three pieces of evidence to support their opinion. The first few were always rough. I modeled, and they practiced. To treat others and themselves with compassion. Model it. Live it. Fail at it in front of them and own up to those mistakes. Facilitate cooperative activities. Learn how to authentically address toxic masculinity, homophobia, racism, etc.
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