I don’t know how many teachers experience the same feelings I have, but for me, many students suffer from a lack of motivation in school. I have tried to figure out why since they have lots of more things to do compared to when we were in school.
They have social media, internet, and lots of other things to do, but still looks like they don’t have anything, some don’t show interest in class and all they want to do is dream about a future, but they don’t want to fight for it.
I think this might be part of the problem, sometimes having more doesn’t really mean an advantage. Lots of the students don’t show School Pride and I think the school Administrators, Faculty and Staff have failed to create these feeling on their student community.
When you propose to students new activities they show no enthusiasm, of course there’s always some of them that are willing to participate, but the majority seems to have no interest at all.
I think many of these students are influenced by the situation at their homes, most of them don’t have the resources needed like technology, food, and sometimes even a clean uniform. I understand living in a situation like that makes it difficult to have any kind of enthusiasm in school when all you can think about it’s when you’re going to eat again, or what situation you are going to find in your home when you get back.
Students and Teachers participating at a Pep Rally at Palm Glades Academy in Miami, FL
It is the Faculty, Staff and Administration responsibility to create a feeling of pride on their students. In my opinion this will create a better Attitude in them, at the end this will only benefit the Teachers in their classrooms, because students with a better attitude or better learners, showing better behavior and they’re willing to learn.
In a survey performed by the National Federation of State High Schools Association, they found that students with School Spirit or Top Achievers, they perform better academically, and are more engaged in social and civic matters, plus they’re happier in general than their least spirited peers.
Student should be rewarded for their academic performance, when students feel a sense of efficacy they tend to be more involved, more in tune with the great opportunities which exist at their schools. If they are not doing well in school they are not involved in athletics or many of the activities, additionally they don’t take personal responsibility for not doing well and tend to blame their school or other factors.
Students who are achieving strongly tend to be involved in all aspects of high school. They join clubs, start clubs, they participate in different events, activities and athletics on site. They get “The High School Experience”.
As one principal summarized on the survey, School Spirit equates to a “sense of community with Students, Parents, Teachers and Administrators working together with a common purpose and with activities for all segments of the school population.”
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