We’ve spent a lot of time talking about empowering students, asking students to take more control of their learning (and giving them more responsibility for their learning), asking students to be more active in their learning, etc. We’ve also talked about students rising to meet our expectations – that when they have buy-in and see a reason and purpose for their learning, they will almost always respond well. And I, certainly, have been pushing this a lot.
So my question today is: “What do we do when our students don’t meet our expectations?” What do we do when they just don’t seem interested, despite our best efforts? When they don’t complete worthwhile assignments on time, or choose not to get involved in the discussion. What’s the next step?