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Re^4: Bling Bling (or: Teaching Perl to Teenagers)

by Sprad (Hermit)
on Dec 31, 2010 at 17:09 UTC ( #879947=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: Bling Bling (or: Teaching Perl to Teenagers)
in thread Bling Bling (or: Teaching Perl to Teenagers)

At the same time this should be done only for students who want to obtain the knowledge.

As a teacher, I would give anything to teach a room full of students who want to be in my class. Unfortunately, that's never the case. There are a few students who genuinely want to be there, sure. But a lot of them are there for the wrong reasons.

  • My class is less strenuous than PE
  • My class is easier than Spanish
  • My class doesn't require you to talk like Speech does
  • The students' parents made them take it
  • There weren't enough seats in their desired class
  • The student has a crush on some other kid in my class
  • Hey, this class uses computers! I bet we'll get to play games and surf Facebook all day!

Then there's the different pressures on the teacher. Gotta keep those enrollment numbers up, especially when budgets are constrained. A class of 3 very interested, very dedicated students doesn't look as good on paper as a class of 25 bored, distracted kids. I'd rather teach the 3, but the ideal is far from reality.

A fair fight is a sign of poor planning.

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