Enthusing The Unenthusiastic Student
To solve this problem of enthusing the unenthusiastic student we must first ask ‘Why is the student unenthusiastic? Two reasons for this lack of enthusiasm are:
1) Being preoccupied with ‘outside’ issues.
2) Not finding the teacher ‘entertaining’ - hence my reply “entertainer” when asked what I do.
There is not a lot we can do about 1) above, but there is about 2).
I wish I had a bar of chocolate for each time newly-qualified teachers are told by their school mentors “You don’t smile until Christmas or the pupils will think . . .
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