Why Students Don’t Like School


Ever wake up to the sound of your alarm blaring in your ear knowing you’re about to embark on a full day’s worth of classes and yet something in you just can’t quite get excited to learn like you know you’re going to work really hard all day but you also know that most of what you’re about to hear will just bounce right off your brain We all have days like that But what if there’s a reason why some students get more bored with school than others It turns out our brains actually avoid thinking until precisely the right conditions Contrary to popular belief it’s kind of a hassle for our brains to actually think when it comes to stuff we don’t like because the brain was created for just that avoiding thought because it takes a lot of effort to think and its sometimes a slow and painful process to delve into issues we find too weird or too uncomfortable maybe we don’t like that teacher or we hate that annoying guy who sits in the front row sipping his coffee way too loudly just something about any lesson we encounter in our everyday lives will bother us so much that we’d rather avoid it than be immersed in it but when we like something we don’t think about it as much it’s something that comes to you so naturally that the thoughts just fill in the gaps so little problems you once struggled with like maybe finding the fastest walking route to work or spotting the best groupon deal will be far easier to solve Instead we rely on our memories of success to get us through the day So How does this all tie back to education? Despite our brains being slightly confused as to how it thinks our natural curiosity always takes over especially when it comes to opportunities to learn whether your thing is calculus or film theory or Italian renaissance architecture class discussions allow your natural thought process to thrive that much more freely So How can you get the most pleasure out of learning or teaching? One Always look for problems to solve problems of course meaning mental work that poses moderate challenge Push people’s thought process just a bit further See if their explanation is a viable option towards reaching the goal Make sure though, not to over explain things Two respect people’s limits If they’re getting uncomfortable during discussion, know when to back off. or even sometimes saying you’re sorry Three Be open to rewording your questions in case someone doesn’t get it right away Four Know when to play devil’s advocate Had there been a lot of agreement? or even, disagreement? Why not throw a little rent into the works with a new thought Five Really listen to answers given to you not everyone is going to share your level of happiness or outrage over a subject so worry less about emotion and more about just what a person is saying Six Let people know when you’re changing things up and switching topics You’ll get a new chance to engage people because all eyes will be on you you’re the one in charge as a teacher and finally document your feelings write down all the moments things went right or wrong in class and every time you felt a problem was solved successfully or could’ve been solved better With enough practice and patience you might just be able to think your way into doing anything you set your mind to As long as you don’t hit snooze too many times of course