One teacher’s cure for senioritis
What he calls “the crippling disease” is often triggered by college acceptance letters, and the symptoms are easy to spot: laziness, excessive apathy and chronic tardiness.
What can teachers do? Yes, they can warn students that college acceptances will be rescinded if their grades plummet--and that does happen, but not often enough to serve as a broad deterrent.
Most, he said, responded that there is no cure.
"It is inevitable,” one student wrote. “Once seniors get into college, the mojo is gone!"
He decided “to try a radical new approach” to try to lessen the impact of senioritis.
Here’s what he did:
He put all of his student students into cooperative learning groups and told them that all assignments for the rest of the year would be completed by the group working together and sharing information.
This puts peer pressure on the kids to actually get something done.
The result: It’s working--so far. Homework is being completed, and kids did better than he expected on a quiz.
This sounds like a terrific idea. Does anyone have other ideas about how to keep seniors engaged? Please share them, in the comments, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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| March 23, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories: College Admissions, High School | Tags: high school, senioritis
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