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Old 06-24-2009, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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Your right many boring subjects to me will be interesting to someone else. Lets for the sake of argument say the topic being lectured or discussed by the teacher is boring to the students. Can a good teacher make most of the students change their mind and think, hey this is an interesting subject after all?

Could a good teacher make 17th Century English Poetry interesting to troubled inner city kids, or macho Truck Drivers?

I totally agree.
I am a teacher, and what I (used to) teach is what I like the most. But, obviously, not what my students like!
I was teaching English in a vocational school in France. Needless to say a plumber or car mechanic to be, who had hardly ever left his hometown and obviously did not plan to leave it anyway, was not at all interested in learning a foreign language and another culture!
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:14 AM
 
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Nope. I've had one painfully boring class and the teacher did a great job. I still remember stuff from her lectures and slides.
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:44 AM
 
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I believe that everything can be made at least somewhat interesting if you gear it towards that person's point of view. Poetry, for example, seems mostly pointless to a group of middle schoolers especially boys. However, when you explain to them that poetry is similar to lyrics of a song they can begin to relate. What teenage boy or girl doesn't have tons of lyrics memorized right now? Rap can even be considered a form of poetry. I know of a college that studies the writings of Tu Pac for a poetry class. Not everyone agrees that you should work this hard to gear the subject matter towards the students interests, but you must find a way to make the subject matter relevant and meaningful to the student otherwise they will not learn. What you are speaking of is actually very significant. Research shows that making meaningful connections to new subject matter assists in comprehension. If you can somehow connect what you are learning to something in your own life then you will have a higher level of comprehension.
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:56 AM
 
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Poetry and a lot of other subjects in school and college are pointless to a lot of people. It's a personal preference. I don't see why it must be learned.

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I believe that everything can be made at least somewhat interesting if you gear it towards that person's point of view. Poetry, for example, seems mostly pointless to a group of middle schoolers especially boys. However, when you explain to them that poetry is similar to lyrics of a song they can begin to relate. What teenage boy or girl doesn't have tons of lyrics memorized right now? Rap can even be considered a form of poetry. I know of a college that studies the writings of Tu Pac for a poetry class. Not everyone agrees that you should work this hard to gear the subject matter towards the students interests, but you must find a way to make the subject matter relevant and meaningful to the student otherwise they will not learn. What you are speaking of is actually very significant. Research shows that making meaningful connections to new subject matter assists in comprehension. If you can somehow connect what you are learning to something in your own life then you will have a higher level of comprehension.
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Old 06-26-2009, 11:29 PM
 
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we believe what we r made to believe. Maths is like a video game, if u take up the challenge it becomes interesting and if u treat it like a burden u will find it boring.
i am a maths tutor and teach maths online round the globe, and have seen the worst students fall in love with the subject
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