Listening to My Students
Me: Okay, we need to take a look at something that is getting in the way of our future college success--only one or two of you are completing the reading homework on any given night. I'm not going to get ticked off; I really want to know what's going on so that we can fix this.
Student: It's too hard.
Me: What do you mean by "too hard."
Student: We don't know what to underline in our active reading. We're not that smart.
Me: Well, I disagree that you aren't smart enough. What is difficult about the active reading?
Student: It distracts me having to stop and start.
Student: Yeah, how about you give us questions.
Me: Hmmm. I could do that. So, if I gave study questions to answer instead of asking you to read actively, you would try the reading each night?
Students (in unison): Yes.
Results: Still only one or two students complete the reading on any given night.