Entertainment in the Classroom

The modern day classroom is changing and now days every kid seems to have ADHD or at least many k-12 teachers have told me. Not long ago, I was discussing this new reality with an acquaintance who teaches at one of the local school districts just down the road from me, a few suburb cities away. He told me it was absolutely incredible, and he said the classes were now 90 minutes long and he had to jump around, do standup comedy, and do anything he could keep the kids attention so that they would listen to his classes.

He explained that when he was teaching biology, the kids would ask questions, and unfortunately they would ask questions about drugs and various other things, and he would explain to them how the drugs affected the nervous system, the brain, and how they can cause diseases, heart failure, or cancer. This kept the kids interested in the biology subject. He said at least he was able to scare some of the kids into never doing drugs, while teaching biology class, and keeping their attention on something that they would care about.

Sometimes I guess it takes a younger teacher to relate with this new breed of students, and older teacher who’s just interested in tenure, and wants to retire is probably quite disinterested, at least some of them are, as they approach that retirement age. Today, teaching in the classroom is a lot about entertainment, as the students attention span is becoming less and less. Most of this could be blamed on cell phones, texting, video games, and TV shows that are quite exciting and always changing.

Nevertheless, regardless of the reasoning, the new younger teachers are often more suited to teach to this type of student, but they also need to find ways to relate to the students, make the subjects enjoyable, and get the kids to participate. It’s a lot easier said than done, and whereas there are several strategies, and endless teaching conferences, and research papers written on this subject it is interesting to talk to an actual teacher who explains it all.

Before we condemn our teachers, we need to look inward, in our own homes, and our own families to see what’s really going on. They say that all the problems start at home, and that should be fairly obvious to anyone that observes students and teachers in the actual setting. As the coordinator for the Online Think Tank, you can imagine how this is an ever present topic, and one we need to address before demanding more money from the government, or the taxpayer to improve the school scores and performances. Please consider all this.