Were/Are you a lazy student?

China
March 6, 2009 6:44am CST
Hi,mylotters,I need your help here.Im really annoyed at teaching lazy kids.They never take the initiative in their study.They seem to care nothing.You are easy to get irritated.Were you a lazy student?And what treatment you received?If you have kids,how do you deal with their laziness?I need methods with details.Thanks for reading and responding.Have a good day.
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41 responses
@scheng1 (24742)
• Singapore
7 Mar 09
Yes I am, I admit it, I am an extremely lazy student. But I beg to differ from your use of the term "lazy student". Being a curious person and argumentative as well, I pay attention in the class, participate actively, dare to ask silly questions when I really dont know the answer. But I am lazy, never bother to buy textbook, much less to read any textbook. I would argue my case, give a lot of examples to support my arguments. I hate to read textbooks and do homework even when I was young. I found it a bore to do homework. Most of the times copied from my classmates, or else got to stay back in school to write lines.
• China
7 Mar 09
Im sorry if you feel offended.I guess you are lazy but active and creative.Teachers may like you but feel you annoying as well.lol Thanks for your responding.Have a good day in school!
@scheng1 (24742)
• Singapore
7 Mar 09
Oh no, I'm not offended at all. I just want to make a distinction between "a lazy student" and "a not motivated to learn student". There are some students who simply not keen to learn, no curiosity to find out anything at all. Their hearts at the seaside picking shells while the bodies stay in the classroom. This is the kind of students that make their teachers vomit blood.
@alfpr35 (47)
• Japan
7 Mar 09
Fast of all u need to know that u being a teacher is like being a parent figure to the kids,u need to treat them just like u would your kids..That means u have to show them the value of education more than anything else,the same way u normally do to your kids,so u have to envisage that all the kids in the class are yours and their future lies in your hands,,,,,,can i ask u a question?If it were your kids,u would not miss what to tell them if they were lazy right?I know that.So please starting from now start treating them like yours and u will not miss what to tell them.Can u imagine u spend so much time with the kids than with the parents?That means that the parents trust u with their childcare's future,u shape their future than the parents,start telling them stories a bout how laziness can lead to poverty and that if u yourself were lazy when young u would not be teaching them and so on and so on.........Hope i have helped u......
• United States
8 Mar 09
I strongly disagree. No teacher should treat students as though she/he was the parent. That is the real parents' job. The teacher does need to get parents involved if at all possible. Frankly, if students are only lazy and care little for what happens in their lives, the teacher should work harder with those who know the real reason for being at school. Otherwise, half the teacher's time is wasted with students who don't deserve the teacher's time. If the student has a learning disability, the student should be in a class for the learning disabled so they can learn the proper methods for overcoming it. If a student is merely lazy and the teacher has no support from the parents, the serious student deserves the teacher's attention...they've worked for it.
• China
9 Mar 09
What you two said here both make senses.Almost all parents say they'd like teachers treat their kids like parents.Well,in real situations,teachers cant treat students like their parents.Thats true.Besides,students never consider teachers as their parents.Teachers should have patience but what's more important is that they need to get their work done since there are also other students in the class.Only can a private tutor give you full attention.Thanks for both of your participation.Have a good day.
@mymytri (2032)
• India
7 Mar 09
No.Am very bright and active when i was a student.I was the top scorer every year and was getting food impression by all my teachers.Those days are unforgettable and had many friends.Some kids are like that.It takes sometimes to make them study.
@mymytri (2032)
• India
7 Mar 09
hey it is "good impression" not food.LOL
• China
7 Mar 09
They are smart but they havent realized the importance of study.They are not interested in study.I dont know how to motivate them effectively.
@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
8 Mar 09
i'll have to admit that i was a lazy student. my teacher called my parent to the school so often that everyone at school knows my mother. i was also often scolded for failing to do my homework. sadly, none of these made a difference in my attitude. thankfully, i was lucky enough to scrap through and finish school. thinking back, it's not how badly i was punished. it's the interest in the subject that the teacher manage to instill in me. if i am interested in the subject, i'll make sure i do my homework and learn everything necessary. cheers
• China
9 Mar 09
You must be naughty when you were a student.lol Those "lazy" students are smart,they just dont listen in class.They have day_dreaming in class and they dont do homework.They copy from their classmates but never bother to learn by themselves.
• United States
8 Mar 09
If you do not have the backing of the parents, you are fighting a losing battle from the first. However, I've found if you do not have parental support, it is up to you to make the lessons worth learning. Reading from the books and boring one-sided discussions are wastes of time. I don't know what class you teach, but after reading what you wrote, I wondered at your expertise. You jumped around more than a frog on a hot plate and quickly lost my interest. Consider this rewrite: "Hi, mylotters, I need suggestions: for invigorating lazy kids, encouraging them to take the initiative and taking down their levels of irritation. If you are a student and reading this, what would you suggest? If you are a parent, how can I get you more involved?" If, as a teacher, it is imperative you be coherent and follow a path through the learning. However, if your school allows it, walking off the path to explain a situation further breaks the monotony and perks up student interest. For instance, if you are teaching Math, numbers in their purest form bore some students to tears. But, if you show them how breakthroughs are made using numbers (consider the TV show Numbers), you may pull the strays back into the mainstream. 'Lazy' students may be bored students. 'Lazy' students may also be dyslexic as my son and nephew were. They were both teased for being dumb, when in fact, both tested out at respective IQ's of 165 and 180. Getting to know a little about your students helps. I know classes are larger and it's difficult, but I'm not suggesting learning all the students' life stories in one day. Take a couple a week to discover some of their interests or best subjects in school. Unfortunately in school, the teacher is on a mission to grab the interest of the child. The child's mission is to eventuall realize how urgent and important education is. Good luck. PS One thing I would not do is let a student hear you call him/her lazy. In the oddities of today, that could make the student a hero to others and make it tougher than ever to get through to them.
• China
9 Mar 09
Thanks for your response.Thanks more for your rewriting.You're so warm_hearted.
@esantra (84)
• United States
7 Mar 09
Okay. What kind of lazy are talking about? The kind that goes to school and has a job as well? Or the kind that gets on the school bus at 7am and off the school bus at 4pm? The kind that has to worry about all the cruel little kids picking on him? The kind that has to do hours of homework after his "full-time" school all day at eleven years old? You want a method. Appreciate the fact that you have a job. Treat the children like HUMAN BEINGS, not pigs. Learn proper English instead of worrying about the kid who can't get out of his parent's house to stop the beatings, etc. Be gentle with children. That would be my method.
• China
9 Mar 09
First of all,I never beat my students.And students here in my place is none of the kinds you mentioned in your response.Students here really have a busy school life.They have classes five days a week , both at daytime and evenings.They get up early in the morning,and go to bed after 9;00pm at night.They are in junior high school,yes ,a boarding school.Thats not what I can.
@jambi462 (4598)
• United States
7 Mar 09
Yes I was a lazy student but I don't think that the amount of work you do in school truly measures how smart one is or how much knowledge they know. When I was in school I just kept thinking that I know a lot of really cool information but no one cares because it's not what the teacher's teaching about. It's kind of the downfall of public schools I believe but what can you do?
• United States
8 Mar 09
Try listening to 'the really cool information' other have to add to your arsenal of information. Listening is ten times more important in life than talking.
• India
7 Mar 09
i am neither lazy nor active student, hehehe:) but always i am the topper of my class, i mean is studies, well if the student is lazy then really its difficult for teacher to teach such lazy students, i can understand, even few of my friends are lazy, so my teachers sometimes get irritated by their study performance. Though they are capable of scoring more marks, because of their laziness they lose all their marks, the teacher will surely feel bad for such kind of act of the students. I hope atleast from today you get students who are active. happy mylotting:)
• China
7 Mar 09
Thanks for your kindness.Teachers get job satisfaction only when they teach active and smart students.lol Some diligent but not so smart ones are also acceptable.Teachers will be prouder of you if you could work harder.
@derek_a (10902)
7 Mar 09
My early school years up to about 10 years old I was a bit lazy. I was often called a dreamer by the teacher, because I would sit and stare out of the window during my math lessons. I loved English and could read well before I went to school though, and I was told I was very good at writing stories. Math didn't stimulate my imagination a lot. That was until my father decided to take me out of the school and put me in another one where the teachers were entirely different. I was not allowed to get away with day-dreaming and they made the lessons more interesting, so from that point on I did well. I was also learning to play piano from the age of about 5, so perhaps I was doing too much and getting bored.. maybe.. I did most of my learning when I left school, because I realized how important it was to get a good education. So now I am a therapist and a writer, so my early years of day-dreaming, hasn't had too much of an impact. Derek.
• China
7 Mar 09
You're great.I never stop learning after my graduation.I learn what interest me by myself.Some students are also day_dreaming like you were.They are easy to get bored.I guess I should plan my lessons better to make them focus more in class.Thanks for your participating.Happy mylotting.
• China
7 Mar 09
haha,i think that everybody are lazy when see the intresting things ,they will put on their full heart on it ,so i sugeest you can train their intrest,
• China
8 Mar 09
Thats true.First make them interested in you and your lessons later on,then motivate their desire for knowledge.Sounds great!But its easier said than done.Thanks for your responding!
• India
6 Mar 09
we all have been lazy during our school, clg days.weren't u..??haven'y anyone told u u r wasting ur time wen ur enjoying say,tv..games..etc.They r d carefree days of everbody's life n its natural.its offcourse irritating for others who hav grown up.n more for a teacher.but laoding ur students wid more work..or forcing them may yeild d opposite results.Y don't u make learning a fun..??like u could include lots of pictures in ur lectures.n chat or share some amazing facts about d subject ur teaching.d point is to make learning intersting so ur students won't b bored.
• China
7 Mar 09
Students need right guidelines.Thanks for your advice about teaching.Making your classes interesting is very helpful to draw students' attention.But they tend to be really forgetful after class.Thats very annoying.
@pengbubu (1015)
• China
6 Mar 09
Yes, I am. I would like to be praised by teacher for my gift. Everyone want to be encouraged. Maybe you can try this way. Happy mylotting! I love China!
• China
7 Mar 09
Thats smart.Thanks for your advice.
@Frederick42 (2019)
• Canada
6 Mar 09
I was the laziest student in my class. I never used to listen to a single lecture. I also did not have the good habit of taking down notes. I was also very irresponsible in my studies. But in spite of it, I obtained good marks and I am now successful in life. This shows that studying is not a necessity for success in life.
• China
7 Mar 09
Hi,Im happy you are successful in your life.I do agree that the top student may not be successful in life when he grows up.Your conclusion accepted to that point.But does every person needs to be successful in life?Whats your definition of being successful?Students with good grades and polite manners are successful in my opinoion.By the way,your success doesnt result from your early laziness,I guess.You must have worked hard for your successful life.Have a good day.
@Jyc921 (35)
• Taiwan
6 Mar 09
I guess this situation is very normal in more developped country, such as US, Western Europe etc... I'm curently live in Belgium, and it's the same situation here. Although I'm asian, so I work very hard =)
• China
7 Mar 09
Its also normal in my hometown.A small town in Zhejiang,China.Whats wrong with the youth nowadays?
• Philippines
22 Dec 09
Hello sweetyethot! I must say that I have been a diligent student. Yes, there were times when I procrastinated and I know there's no excuse for such attitude. However, generally, I have always done my homework and projects diligently. I don't have kids of my own yet but I do take care of a lot of students - my students. I can't impose on them NOT to be lazy but I try my best to convince them to be diligent students. I try to motivate them with rewards such as additional points for efficient and effective outputs.
• Pakistan
8 Mar 09
I was a naughty student. I did not care of my studies. I took parts in the activities other than my studies and this resulted a big loss in form of failing in the examination. Laziness is not good for a student. students should keep them active in their studies. Make time table and write the progress of your work this will keep you active.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
7 Mar 09
Of course I went to school many years ago, but i hated most of it, I was bored all the time. I didn't mind homework and was lucky to get a couple of teachers who treated us like people instead of just baby sitting us. Once I got into college I loved it and even became a college teacher in the night school program. I enjoyed teaching adults who came to class because they wanted to be there. From my point of view it's the school system and sadly the teachers that are the problem. I mean no disrespect to you, I know in these days your job is next to impossible. But we have a great deal of homeschooling around here and it seem to be working very well for most students.
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
7 Mar 09
I was a lazy student. I went through most my life thinking i had a learning disability. Only to discover later in life that i can retain what i read. When reading something interesting to me. I think it was just that my teachers were so boring. If the material was more interesting maybe they would pay attention. Lectures were also boring. Honestly i could not stay awake. I learn better by doing not be shown or lectured.
@ionsquare (534)
• Singapore
7 Mar 09
Hi all, As for me, I am getting lazier when I am in secondary school and pre-university as compared to when I am in primary school. As I think I am not born to be smart with studies, my results deteriorated as I get lazier in with my work. Different individuals have different abilities when I come to studying. There are some students who have good results even if they don't work as hard as others. Its important not to give too much pressure to your kids. There are also some individuals with poorer results in school but achieve better prospect for their career. The most important thing to take note is what your kid like to do in future.
• United States
7 Mar 09
I was a pretty lazy student...I did the minimum of what I as expected to do. I think the reason I was is because I wasn't interested in what they were teaching. If there is a way to relate what your learning to how your going to use it in everyday life and make it interesting I think that would help.