I share today a very interesting article about one of the biggest problems in the classroom:


I very much agree with what the article says. Nowadays, all the pressure falls on the teacher, who must constantly train and find new methodologies that are motivating and adapt to the ever-changing reality of the classroom. What impact does this have on our students? As the article says:

many students do not see education as a privilege. They see it as a product. And if they do not like the salesperson, if they are not impressed with how it is packaged, they are not buying. But our kids have to learn to be self-motivated because at some point in every person’s life, either at school or in a job or in a marriage, he or she will have a buck up and say, “This is hard. This is boring. I do not want to do this. But I’m doing it anyway. And I’ll do my best.

I leave here some of the most interesting aspects discussed in the article:

[…]“That problem is apathy. In classrooms all over the country, the teacher cares more about her students’ grades, learning and futures than they do.”

[…] “Teachers are expected to combat apathy by continually finding new and innovative ways to reach students – through multimedia lessons, group work, games, alternative assessments or whatever it takes. To ensure student engagement and skill acquisition, we must teach to the individual learning styles, interests and abilities of each of our students. If a student can’t learn the way we teach, we must teach the way he learns – times infinity.”

“Sadly, all the attempts to dazzle and awe eventually wear some teachers down. They burn out. They leave a profession they are good at and once felt called to.”

[…] “The real danger is that this way of thinking has shifted the responsibility of learning, and of caring about learning, from the student to the teacher. Because it isn’t just administrators and parents who believe that it is a teacher’s job to make learning fun. Kids believe it, too. As a result we have a generation of students who think that if a lesson or an assignment or a class is not interesting, if it isn’t engaging and fun and inspiring, then it simply isn’t worth caring about. They are not obligated to care about it. It’s a teacher’s job to make all learning exciting. If the teacher hasn’t lived up to her responsibility, why should the child?” […]


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