What can you do to change a older students attitude towards a class?
During middle school and high school, students tend not to like certain classes and this continues to the end of the year. What can a teacher do to help these students become interested enough in the class that they participate #high-school-classes #classes #high-school and do the class work?
Interesting question! I once met a HS math teacher who was looking for a new job after teaching for only two months, for this exact reason! He could not "reach" the students!
I think the challenge is to make it interesting, and relevant, if at all possible. For example: Five guys from your school want to go to the Texas coast for Spring Break. How much money will they need? Plan the trip, including transportation, accommodations, meals, and extras.
It is not easy, by any stretch of the imagination! And I honestly don't know how anyone can make history interesting!I hope this is something that is addressed in the education teachers receive, because it is very important!
Make every class "hands on" by including creative activities that relate to the subject being taught and make one of their assignments to come up with activities that the students will enjoy while learning. Also suggest you ask them to identify no-cost incentives for each successful week of class. Have them identify what success looks like and have them evaluate if they meet their goal (keep all the focus on them). Incentive could be a 5 minute break in the middle of class where they can stand up, close their eyes, talk to neighbors, etc. -- or if everyone agreed, they could save up those 5 minute breaks and end class early at the end of the week. If you can make them feel like they have some control in how they are learning, you may have created a win-win situation. Try to pair up those who are very interested with those who have no interest in various activities. All the best to you!!