difficult students


In this video John Green provides a glimpse into how he learned to love learning and in doing so shows us how we can help others find the same passion for learning. Everyone wants to learn things, do you really believe people are out there with the mindset that they want to be stupid? The problem is finding those things they want to learn and incorporating them into your class. Making learning relevant is one of the most important and sometimes most difficult jobs we have in education because relevance is different for each student.  If I knew how to make all material relevant to all students I wouldn’t be blogging this, I would probably be basking in the sun on my yacht.

I think the starting point for most of us in education is believing that learning is as important as we say it is. This means spending your own time learning new things and getting immersed yourself. If you find something you really want to know more about and then do so. Now ask yourself, how can I replicate this feeling in my students? This will put you on the right path, because the answer to this question is different for everyone.

Or you can just watch the video, and then go learn something. Because John Green is right, “Learning is awesome”


Difficult Students

I stumbled across this over the summer and really thought it had a lot of merit for students in schools today. Dr. Greene’s explanations in his videos seem so simple that I can’t believe this hasn’t become the focus in more schools. This picture is pretty powerful to me:


We are quick to blame parents, society, technology, etc. but where does that get us? Those are generally things we can’t control and as every great coach I have had has always told me, you need to focus on the things you can control and get better at those if you want to have any success. The bigger issue is that students do have Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems, boy do they have these. The better we are at focusing on these the more progress we are going to make with these students. It is a difficult transition but a worthy one when you are trying to make a difference in helping a student.


Go to the website and look around. Watch the videos: http://www.livesinthebalance.org/walking-tour-educators

They will change, for the better, your approach to difficult students. If you approach things with the attitude “kids do well if they can”your outlook on students will be infinitely better and so will your results.