Dealing with Poor Attitudes

Published: 10/19/2012 8:50 AM
​Poor student attitudes and apathy in the classroom is a problem that every teacher faces.  However, these obstacles are not insurmountable.  There are 4 steps a teacher can take to combat these attitudes:

1. The teacher must pique student interest.
2. The teacher should encourage participation in student organizations.
3. The teacher should understand the background of each individual student.
4. The teacher should always teach in a professional manner.
"Find the  hook" – Pique student interest
Pedagogical Motivations    
This site discusses how the use of technology can enhance the classroom experience.

Teach Charismatically 
This article by Bridget Murray of Monitor on Psychology, "Charismatic Teacher = Energized Students", explores how educators can liven their teaching methods to energies student participation.

Encourage participation in Student Organizations
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO's) are recognized as integral to the career and technical education program.  CTSO's provide a unique program of career and leadership development, motivation and recognition exclusively for middle/junior high and secondary students enrolled in career and technical programs.
DECA -  Marketing Education student organization
FBLA - Future Business Leaders of America, Business Education
FCCLA  - Family, Career and Community Leaders of America,   Human Services – Family & Consumer Science 
FFA - Agricultural Education student organization
HOSA - Health Occupations Students of America
SKILLSUSA-VICA - Industrial Teacher Education student organization
TSA - Technology Student Association

Get to know your students background and what their family life is like
Get-to-Know-You Activities 
From, this link provides educators with 19 icebreakers that can help teachers better know and understand their students.

Teachers Involve Parents in School Work  
This site is devoted to parental involvement in their child's education.  It informs teachers how to encourage students to involve their parents in class work.
Teach in a professional manner
Climate for Teaching 
Establish a respectable and efficient learning climate. presents 12 tips for creating proactive learning conditions from the first to the last day of school.

What Excludes Students? 
Teach Inclusively.  The Washington State Department of Education discusses how students can be negatively affected when they are made to feel unwelcome in their classroom.