When students don’t listen or follow directions, or they roll their eyes when you speak, or they talk while you are talking, it can seem as though they don’t care what you think of them. This is a misconception. Young people do care what adults e.g. parents and teachers think of them. They care very deeply even when they don’t show it. The more it seems they don’t care, the more they do care.
When I first started teaching (many years ago!) I was struck by the cookie cutter approach of the education system, that seemed to knock any individualism, originality and enthusiasm right out of young students. Any student who didn’t fit in was poked and prodded (figuratively) till they were made to fit.
As teachers, we are always looking for ways to optimise the learning for our students, whilst also taking little extra preparation time. Simple, effective ways to engage your students that won't require any extra work for you!
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Do you stay awake at night racking your brain for more effective ways to engage your students, dealing with students with varying needs, make the learning more enjoyable and relevant and help the struggling student?
A technology teacher at one of our workshops raised an ongoing issue he was having with students who don’t bring appropriate clothing to his subject. This is a safety concern as well as a behaviour issue - students cannot participate in the lesson without correct footwear. This makes extra work for the teacher, taking him away from the rest of the class while he finds work for these students and manages their behaviour.
Have you ever taught a student who made you dread going to class? The student who won't engage no matter what you do? Who made you wait expectantly for the bell at the end of the lesson even more eagerly than the students? I know I have! A student who won't engage with the learning, who refuses to follow directions, who disrupts the class and with whom you feel you cannot connect can really undermine your confidence. Don’t despair. There are ways to relieve your stress levels and improve the situation.