Ok- not all students- but this seems to be rampant in every low scoring class that I have seen. Some of the kids are in these classes because of learning disabilities, but not all. Lemme tell you- I have seen some great hardworking kids with learning disabilities. I have seen kids who work at trying to solve a problem- even if they don't get it right- they still obviously try.
But lately, I have seen a lot of kids not try. This makes me so sad and angry. Students get a paper and I walk them through it and still they don't even bother to lift a pencil. Students get a math problem and just say "it's too hard, do it for me..." or "it's too boring" or "can I do this later at home?(or in a special study class for kids who need even more time to get classwork and homework done)"
What? They are giving up before even starting? I'd use the word lazy but heard a story of a woman who worked as a teacher and used the word lazy about her class and ended up fired.
Today the morning class had to do a few things. 1) read for 15 minutes and write 1 sentence about what you read. 2) write one paragraph about your weekend. 3) fill in the blanks about cause and effect 4) write a persuasive letter. I had to chide students into reading then writing the whole one sentence. The paragraphs about their weekend were more like 2 sentences. The fill in the blanks I almost spoon fed them verbally. About half the students didn't bother to listen as I taught and asked me what went in the effects squares. I just read it to you! Paused when the answer came up in the paragraph. Pointed to the damn square it should be written in. and verbally said "this square should say...."!!!!!
The letter went like this: " We need to write a letter to persuade people to join an after school club. Please think about what kind of club you would like to start. I would like to start an art club. Jacob here (who likes to use the fact that he is Asian in every conversation) would like to start an asian club. Alan, what club would you like to start? (Alan says hiphop)...Ok, please pick up your pencils. Place them on the first line of the lined paper you have in front of you. Write 'I am starting an after school __________club'. Fill in the blank with the type of club you would start. I will write art for my club.".......................
Do you see what I am saying? How I walked the kids through the whole dern thing? I then showed them how to give three brief reasons to join the club in the intro paragraph (enjoyment, college transcripts, help with other curriculum). I even told them they could use the same reasons. I gave examples of other reasons. Then use reason #1 for paragraph two. "Art club will bring you enjoyment by...."
Use reason # 2 for paragraph 3.
I basically wrote their essay in cloze (fill in the blank form). And I still got papers turned in with one sentence on them!
Not because they don't understand. But because they don't feel like doing it. It's booooring. It's tooo hard. Wah wah wah.
I really don't understand this lack of drive in people. I really don't understand how anyone can take education so lackadaisically. I just don't understand why they don't just get it done!
The same thing happened for math. Except it was only 3 students whining. One student finished and had 40 minutes free time. The three chose to fiddle around, whine, complain, whimper, and grump until class was over, leaving them with homework.
Where does this come from? There can't be that many parents who don't value education enough to preach the necessity of doing schoolwork and taking pride in it to their kids.