Stuff I don’t know how to do, I don’t want to do.
-A generally productive student, explaining why she hadn’t even looked at today’s classwork.
And yet, if it’s stuff you already totally know how to do, why bother?
So true. My students only say “when am I going to need this?” when the work is too hard and they don’t know how to start. Exactly like your student, just she was more direct about it!
That’s why gamification of learning is an interesting road. It worked again tonight with my 10 year old. For our night hike she had to read the compass and calculate distances. And she did.
How did you respond to the challenge? How do you convince them struggle is not weakness? It does not make them less than or inferior. On the upside, she did listen to Yoda, “Do or do not, there is no try.”
I’m having similar difficulty convincing students that I don’t assign things to see what they know how to do, but rather to see what they can figure out how to do, using any resources, including me.
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