Are you a high school student who’s failing? Or a high school teacher who can’t seem to help your students? As a junior in high school, I can relate because it’s hard to balance all the work I get from my classes. It sometimes feels like all the teachers conspire against us during their teacher meetings on who can give the most work.
My goal is to give students and teachers tips on how to succeed in high school—learning and teaching! High school is hard and many students are failing. But then again, it’s not always the students choosing to fail; some teachers are using methods students don’t understand. Students are then forced to practically teach themselves the work, and that is only if they know how. I had a teacher my sophomore year who spent the entire class just explaining the do-now and would leave in the middle of class to go to the bathroom. Now, I’m not saying all teachers are like this, but teachers should give students the help they deserve so hopefully they don’t fall behind.
A student at Boston Green Academy, Ilene Rodriguez, said teachers should “reach out to their students more.” Another student from BGA, Keyarie Mallory, added, “They should ask students how they learn best and try to incorporate them into his/her lessons. Or, they should try and make things more active and more engaging to push for more participation. Sitting down and writing all day makes us bored and tired.”
There are some teachers who do go out of their way to support students in every way that they can. Megan Wollack, a teacher at BGA, gives students the opportunity to revise, retake or rewrite major assignments in order to improve their grades. “My philosophy is that if a student wants an A in my class, then I will give them every opportunity to earn it, but it will take a lot of work,” she said.
It’s not just the teachers that have to put in the work; students do too. I know most teens have jobs after school and come home stressed, and that you just want to lay down, chill, sleep and watch some Netflix. It’s also really hard for some people to get up early because they go to bed late doing homework or procrastinating. I know, it was hard for me too, but it’s an easy thing to fix!