The school year is almost half over. Do your students know where they stand? Like thousands of teachers nationwide, you may be coming into course recommendation season. This is sometimes the wake-up call for students that they may be in danger of failing your course unless they level up the second half.
Students Don’t Always Stay On Top of Grades
Of course, your good students know where they stand academically on a moment-by-moment basis thanks to online grading systems. These are the students who even let you know when you have made a mistake recording their grade, which is a good thing. But what about the student who surrenders their mental sovereignty to their mobile device the moment they wake? How do we train students not to forget the same assignment many days in a row?We must think of ourselves as advertisers of learning. Click To Tweet
Be Consistent and Pervasive with Polite Reminders
Frequent reminders are a huge help. I once had a professor who said that we must continually explicate the obvious for most adolescents. So I took a chance and stopped worrying about offending — or even boring — “good” students with repeated instruction and tips.
Think about this. How many times do you see the same commercial in a short span of time? What is Jake from State Farm wearing? That you know the answer is proof that advertising works. We must think of ourselves as advertisers of learning. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.