Enthusing the Unenthusiastic Student

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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