Friday, March 03, 2006

Is this going to be on the test?

Have you ever had that sinking feeling when you are talking to a class and you see the slouch...

That one student with attitude who slumps in his seat (it is almost always a "he") and gets the slightly impatient what-am-I-wasting-my-time-on-this-for look and starts the attitude through body language.
Sometimes, just to prove he is paying attention he'll make a generic comment at the beginning of class, but as the others sit up straight and start interrupting with questions and comments he slouches further, starts fidgeting, looking out the window, furtively checking his watch.
This wasn't what he came to university for, he wants to hang with his buds, go to some games, get the credentials to make some real money; this class isn't even part of his major, just some requirement that the university makes him go through the motions for.
Most of the time you never get that students attention, sometimes you can find the button that gets his attention, makes him sit up, think "I didn't know that", maybe even a "wow"... everyone else is involved, concerned, thinking critically, looking for new angles, trying known approaches to solve the issue. He doesn't care, he's looking forward to the weekend, or spring break. Just get it over with, nothing important happens at university anyway, it is just a ritual to endure to please the parents and have the right creds.

Gotta keep trying to get through to those students though, some of them end up in positions of responsibility.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Throw things at 'em. Sometimes it works, and even if it doesn't, it's fun.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Steinn said...

Can't do that at Large State University, might offend "the Customers".
Also things might break.

What do you guys use? The President?
Er, of the University; as the object to be thrown, I mean.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah you saw that. no comment.

6:06 PM  
Blogger EliRabett said...

Just keep saying, THIS WILL BE ON THE TEST, and put it there.

5:34 PM  

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