Write a 1-page critique of a peer's persuasive essay using the elements of writing.
- Be sure to include at least one quotation from the persuasive essay.
- Check for and correct verbs, pronouns, and modifiers in your writing.
How do you
motivate a High-Schooler that is not interested in school? I have a few ideas
and factors to help lead towards improving their motivation. A benefit we all
have is that we too were once Teenagers!
From the time I was in school, I was quickly
distracted and found attending school daily a waste of my day. I would rather
spend my day working and making money. Having free time after school was more
important as well. Spending 8 hours at school doing class work, having to go
home with more homework was not appealing.
I had learned this
through taking Ap and college prep classes while I was in High-school, Packets
of the weekly material handed out each week. These packets were not due until
the end of the week. During that week, we would spend our class time having
discussions and free times to review a subject matter we may have struggled.
One way I think we could motivate children. Weekly packets, gives the teen more
freedom. It would allow the teen to do the job on their time without the stress
of completing the work each day. Thus, the student has a week to complete
assignments. That is four full days the teen would have to study, review and
complete multiple subjects.
Keeping a teenager
motivated to do homework is a challenging task. According to Forbes.com, 40% of
High-Schooler’s become disengaged from school. That is an alarming percentage.
How do you motivate this 40% while still engaging the rest of the 60% school
population? Having the ability to complete work on their own time may help with
Benefit of being able
to complete work on their own time allows them more time in the classroom to
ask the teacher for help, or socialize in a less stressful environment. Packets
give the opportunity to review more thoroughly a subject they find more
appealing to them. As a result having
more free time, gives more personal time with the teacher. Student and teacher
no longer tasked with the daily requirements they have known to jam subject
matters into an hour class. Forcing three or four chapters into one class each
day is a lot of subject matter to push on a teen. Not to mention time, dates
and names kids must learn depending on the subject matter.
Less stress and
having more free study allows one to be more comfortable in approaching the
teacher when they are having trouble on a particular topic. While researching
for this essay, I came across a page on wikihow.com. It mentioned incorporating
culture news, Pop culture, and themes that they are already interested.
Free time is a
great way to introduce group studies or learning games into a class
environment. An important part of high-school is the interaction between other
students. Rather than spending time learning in class, teens would prefer
talking and enjoying their time with other students. Their friends or those they
have an attraction to and want to show off when in the same vicinity. Why can’t
we use that to our advantage? Having daily group discussions/ games is an
excellent motivator. Each day the teacher arranges different groups, three or
four groups depending on the size of the classroom. You can add as much of the subject material
into a game as you wish. Offer up prizes to the students. Prizes can be
anything the teacher is offering up to the teens that they feel they can
afford. Maybe allowing the winning team a free period the next day would be a
I know a teacher
would not want to spend their money.
That would become very expensive. Having the discussion/game in the form of a
trivia competition would have anyone involved in class. Who doesn’t love to
play games? Another way they could get them involved is by playing Pictionary
with the course material. Games offer an exciting way to introduce course
material with more fun and relaxation. Playing games a few times throughout the
week would have the kids studying the material more. What kid would not want a
free period to do whatever they wish? Teenagers earning a free period, over
just having the free time given to them, may fill them with a better sense of
Obtaining a free
period would allow the students the time they need to calm down from stressful
environments. Much like, a person should take a 20 min nap every day to
recharge and help lock in some memories for that day. Benefits of Napping, they
restore alertness, enhance performance, and reduce mistakes and accidents. A
study at NASA on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a 40-minute
nap improved performance by 34% and alertness 100%. I see free periods acting
in a similar fashion, even if the student does not take that time to nap.
Using these games
as replacements for quizzes and grade each teen on their participation may also
increase the willingness to answer the question. Inform them at the beginning
of the semester, lessening the pressure on the game. Chances are with Teens
they will forget about the grading within a few weeks. All will still try to
participate and answer questions.
There is just too
many benefits from assigning packets to course studies and as homework each
week. Most importantly, it allows a teen to be a teen. Not forcing them to grow
up before they are ready. They have more
time to hangout with friends and do activities to keep their minds off of
sports or whatever activities they participate. They have more time to
themselves, bringing on less stress.