How to Enthuse the Unenthusiastic Pupil
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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 you’re easy game’. The last time I was told this by a student teacher I was mentoring, I told her to ignore it. As I asked her, ‘What type of people do you like to be around and be in the company of?’ Her reply was ‘People who are fun, laugh a lot and don’t lose their temper’. ‘Exactly’, I said, ‘And pupils are no different’. The key thing that underpins all good
Pupils are enthused if they sense passion in the entertainer at the front of the class and a
prerequisite for this passion is ‘understanding (as distinct from knowing) your subject matter’. I
recommend the book above as it will help young entertainers and even more seasoned ones
understand what they are delivering.
So, to summarise, if the reason for the pupil being unenthusiastic is 1) above, little can be done but if
the reason is 2) above, a lot can be done.
So often entertainers (teachers) are given advice by those so called consultants who went into
consultancy to get out of the classroom because they couldn’t ‘hack it’ or by people who have never
been inside a classroom, so again I’d like to point out my advice is based on 44 very successful years
at the chalk-face.
I’ll finish by giving a few bullet points, based on my years in the classroom, on how to enthuse the
Work on relationships
See yourself as an entertainer
Smile, laugh and have fun with your pupils
Understand your subject matter
Try flipped learning to give your pupils ownership of their work
Value their individual skills
Finally, I must share this picture with you which depicts why most education systems are ridiculous.