- Students sit all day, and sitting is exhausting.
- High School students are sitting passively and listening during approximately 90% of their classes.
- You feel a little bit like a nuisance all day long.
I noticed that my students sit for a long period of time and my classes are 2 hours long. The first thing I thought was that the students needed to take a break and walk around or stretch to get their blood flowing. I have more recently planned activities where students have to get up and interact with one another. These types of activities seemed to have helped with my classroom management too.
I also noticed that the times I lectured my class for a long period of time I ended up exhausted and my students looked exhausted too. I have tried to do less lecturing and have students do more work on their own with my assistance.
I do really understand that students feel like a nuisance being told to constantly be quiet and sit down. I don't really know what can be done about this. Teachers only have a certain amount of time to work with the students and they need the full attention of the class in order to accomplish the goals. I think the teacher needs to work to make the students feel like its their classroom and that the rules set forth are for the good of the learning environment.
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