Not everyone is designed to sit still in class, take notes dutifully, and participate with eager, clever responses.
If you're a teacher, you're begging for a class chock full of those kinds of students. The ones you don't have to coax. The ones you don't have to inspire.
The ones that don't require any thinking from you.
Alas, the world is full of a wide range of learners (sob), and we teachers actually have a duty to reach them all, even the ones sleeping peacefully on a map of Siberia in their World History textbook. Or the ones who only like to learn while also listening to Chopin.
According to Neil Fleming's VAK/VARK model, there are three (or four depending on which book you're reading) kinds of learners. Why not figure out which types of learners your students really are? Have them take my brief, ten-question Learning Styles Test to give you a heads-up for which kinds of students you're dealing with this year. And although it won't make the sleepers stay awake or the foot bouncers stop that ENDLESS BOUNCING, it may give you some insight into the kinds of things your students need to succeed.
What else could you want? (Besides a steaming mug of coffee and six extra hours of sleep?)
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