What you might not realize about teenagers and what I’ve learned from teaching high school

What you might not realize about teenagers and what I’ve learned from teaching high school

You know, people ask me all the time what it’s like teaching high school and always report that they would never be able to do it. Or, most tell me they would prefer younger children.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret…

They aren’t any different than little kids except that they have a sometimes, not always, better vocabulary.

Proof:

I have a regular weekly reading assignment. Students are given a topic every week in which they have to research an article and write a summary and reflection on it. Many of my students don’t take this assignment seriously and most of these reflections are pathetic.

Last week I decided to put little lady bug stickers on the ones that followed directions and turned their assignments in on time.

Response:

My students clamoring for stickers and wanting to know why they didn’t get one if they didn’t.

Result:
100% of my students turned in (on-time) very much improved reflections.

Who would’ve thunk that an itsy bitsy little lady bug sticker would prompt 14-18 year olds to turn in an assignment on time??

PS- From my research, I’m pretty sure we have 3 female and 2 male little lovelies in our Sea Monkey tank. And, no…the cupid’s arrow did not work. I’m such an airhead…or maybe their waiting for Valentine’s Day…

One thought on “What you might not realize about teenagers and what I’ve learned from teaching high school

  1. Too funny. And, it continues to college students, too. Mine do the same thing for stickers. It appears to be the only thing that motivates them, sometimes.

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