Top 7 tips for dealing with Student Apathy

Elementary and middle school students are still attention seekers.  They still want that sense of approval from their teachers.  The challenge with them is getting them to focus their energy on the task at hand.

What do you do when their is no energy?

As a high school teacher,  I see this behavior everyday.  Students that want nothing to do with learning regardless of how interesting or fun I make the lesson.  We feel like we try everything from our end to get these students motivated and they need to give a little bit on their end.  Regardless of what we try, nothing seems to get through.  Although their isn’t a simple solution to this, here is what I came up through my experience and research.

  1. Keep working toward building relationships

    You could go a whole year trying to spark discussion with students to get them talking, yet some students are reluctant regardless of all your efforts.  This starts with listening. Understanding what their needs,  what they are looking to get from your class and their needs will help you better engage them.

  2. Be positive and enthusiastic, yet genuine

    Have fun teaching the lesson.  Attitude is contiguous.  Remember you need to be a good salesman to get students to buy in to your class.  At the same time, students respect people that are real with them.  They might not be happy with it at all times but they get where you are coming from.

  3. Make it relate-able and relevant

    More high school student are going to listen in  if the topic pertains to something that effects them now or in the near future.  Explain why this should matter to them.   I try to draw a parallel with something they understand to make sense of a more complex topic.

  4. Model the behavior you expect

    Lead by example.  From the way you greet students when they walk in the door to how you speak to other adults in the building.  Students see everything and they will call you out on your bluff.

  5. Set clear expectations and guidelines

    If students understand how to succeed in class and what they could do to get their, they are much more likely make the decision to be successful.  I know…You could make it blatantly obvious as to how to get that 100, yet some kids still won’t put in the work.  However, continue to show them what success looks like.  Some of the average students will starting coming around

  6. Teach them how to prepare

    With presentation software,  learning management systems and other ed tech gadget, we falsely assume students have it easy in regards to resources to help them(I assumed these as a young teacher).  We just assume students know how to prepare for assessments and assignments.  Guide them in the process of thinking and developing.

  7. Hold Students to high standards, but meet them where they are

    We want to set the bar high for our student, but we want it to be an obtainable. This will prevent them from quitting on you and themselves.  We also do not want to teach over their heads.

Its important to remember that its nearly impossible to get through to every student.  I’m sure we have all heard the phrase “You can’t save them all”.  However, these tips might help you turn below average engagement into average or elevate the level of excitement just slightly they we are doing something right.

Listen to the podcast to get a more in-depth view of this topic.





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Positives and Negatives of LMS

We are always looking for new ways to assess students needs, while also increasing the efficiency at which we operate as teachers.

One of the ways I am able to do this is using an LMS or Learning Management System. In my podcast I discuss the main reasons I use one for all my classes.  I also discuss the potential issue you my face.


Why I use a Learning Management System


I have used a learning management system (or LMS) since I began my career as a full-time teacher.  In fact, I used the computer for most elements of my classroom: Sharing assignments, bell ringers, formative assessments and so on.

Over the last couple years, I have changed my thought process on that matter. A paradigm shift if you will…I no longer use technology for all things teaching.

However, I continue to build my classes with my LMS because it is easy to use and makes for a more efficient classroom environment.

Learn how to use an LMS to enhance student achievement, maximize efficiency and save yourself much needed prep time!

Stay tuned for my next podcast session on LMS!

How do you handle March Madness?

As a most fellow educators could agree, March is a grind.. This is month traditionally the most dreaded in academic year.  There are no holidays, usually more professional development and worst off all….No Days Off!

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Here are some tips with how to maximize my March and make that final push before the 4th quarter.

Coding and programming made easy


If you are teaching programming and coding concepts to middle school students on up.  Khan Academy is an engaging, easy to use website for learning these principles.  It is also free!

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