“Nowadays, many students are not interested in their classes.
Which of the following ways do you think would be the most effective way that a teacher can use to make students get interested in classes?
1、Using technology in the classroom more often;
2、Ask students to have group talks more often;
3、Explain to the students what they learned is related to the world outside classroom.
In many cases, students’ interest in learning is spontaneous. Instead, it needs to be stimulated. To find or to create the stimulus is one of a teacher’s jobs.
At some schools, learning is facilitated by state-of-the-art technologies. At those schools, the fancy facilities are often used, students are expected to generate interest. Some other schools believe that teachers can get students motivated with their bare hands. They divide a class into groups in which students can exchange ideas on topics. 【这里开始否定选项一】However, the dazzling technologies cannot keep students’ interest long. Students’ interest is stimulated for only some time and soon wear thin. This happened in my geometry class. Each student had an iPad connected to the teacher’s computer and could see the teacher’s strokes as the teacher drew a geometric pattern. It was interesting at the beginning but soon became boring because the inherent boredom of geometry was not changed at all. 【这里开始否定选项二】In that class also, students were divided into groups to work on small projects. However, the exchange of ideas between a number of bored students who do not like geometry was notproductive at all. The talks degenerated into sharing complaints or talking nonsense.
It thus follows that teachers should explain to the students what they learn is related to the world outside the classroom. Obviously, many teachers explain how knowledge can be converted to skills that lead to jobs and generate profits. As a result, learners will be persuaded and interested for the sake of their practical need. It is for sure one way, which is not bad.
Also, there are smarter ways. For example, my high school teacher of History had a way to inspire us. Since we live in a city that has witnessed so many historical events, he often asked us to find the traces of history in the streets and alleys of our city and to visit many of the city’s historical sites. When the descriptions and recounts in the textbook are found in our surroundings, many of us became intrigued and wanted to learn more in the class. The teacher also found the present equivalents to the past when he interpreted history. In his way, many of the historical events were like the recent experiences, and as the history was no longer distant from us, students became interested. Through this instance, I am persuaded that when students find where the textbook knowledge is in the real world, the knowledge becomes their own experience. The feel of authenticity is theinspiration that motivates students to learn.
At this point, I would opt for the third method, despite the fact that technology and the interactive arrangement of classes are not completely useless. It is just the case that relating textbook knowledge to real-life situations can more properly do the job of getting students interested in learning.