Teachers think they know best

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Student falls asleep during class. Students at Lake Central find it difficult to stay focused when teachers lecture for too long.

Colleen Quinn

If teenagers had the choice, most of them probably wouldn’t choose to sit in a classroom for 90 minutes to hear someone speak in monotone about their life and how “cool” chemical bonding and the Manifest Destiny can be. However, most students do not have the choice but to attend public schools, so who says those topics can’t be exciting? It all depends on how the teacher conveys the information.

“You have to make it interesting. Many students walk through the door of the class thinking history is boring. For those students, I try to figure out their interests and try to [show] them that their interests may be related somehow to history,” Mr. Tom Clark, Social Studies, said.

Teachers who show passion and enthusiasm in their classrooms can inspire their students to use educational resources wisely and take pride in their work.

“In today’s age of students you have to outwardly show passion and that you care to build a relationship with them. That is difficult today for teachers because it’s so much pushing to get curriculum in that we kind of lose that,” Mrs. Katelin Ellis, Science, said.

Different teachers have different methods of keeping their students interested. While it’s not likely that every student will become involved, some students are more likely to pay attention if their teacher is caring.

“I always try to show the why they are learning it and applying it to their lives. Everyday application is what to use,” Mrs. Ellis said.