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Being lazy at school

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Hildegard Dierks has been working as an online author and editor for various target groups, e.g. parents, for many years. Her main topics include all topics related to primary school, foreign language learning, music education, computer-aided learning, but also school policy issues.

by Hildegard Dierks



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Has to be lazy bad reputation in school. A lazy student does not do their homework reliably, does not work well enough in class and usually does not contribute much to the success of the lesson, because good lessons depend not least on communication and demonstrated willingness to perform. Being lazy and school are in one difficult tension.

Examples of "laziness" and implications


Laziness is a rather everyday, somewhat old-fashioned term. In school education and school psychology one speaks less of laziness and more of lack of motivation.

The Participation in lessons lazy pupil is very reduced or fluctuating. Some students are only physically present. If they are spoken to, one finds that they are completely absent mentally. They don't respond or they respond in monosyllables. The combination of student characteristics "lazy" and "naughty" is particularly negative for the school career.

Truant can be seen as an extreme form of laziness at school, because truant completely denies performance.

The worse the students' willingness to perform in a class, the more difficult it is for teachers to teach. Lessons for schoolchildren who "don't feel like learning" are in fact not possible, because if you don't want to learn, you won't learn either.

Fortunately, such situations rarely occur. But they are available in different characteristics. They make life difficult for teachers, encourage a high level of sick leave and early retirement.

Comments on work behavior in the certificate


The laziness or diligence of a student express themselves in an explicit form Top notes and / or comments on work and social behavior as well as the Number of unexcused days of absence on the certificate. Depending on the school law and federal state, it is regulated whether and which information appears on the certificate in which year and in which school type. The subject is controversial and a party political issue. As a result, information on work behavior - depending on the political resolution and conference resolution - is sometimes explicitly on the certificate and sometimes not.

A student's work behavior is considered to be important part of education and upbringing in addition to subject-related skills. Opponents of explicit information on the work behavior of a student tend to reject the distribution of "diligence cards" because it does superficially adapted, uncritical behavior favor. In addition, work behavior is included in the technical grade anyway and does not have to be listed separately.

The perspectives on the assessment of the work behavior of pupils are sometimes so complicated and regulated differently, are often subject to a change that for teachers it is often unclear in what form the assessment of the work behavior should appear on the certificate currently to be issued. In case of doubt, the applicable regulation can be inquired at the education authority. Which formulations are to be used is partly subject to current conference decisions. For young teachers in particular, it is a challenge to appropriately include work behavior when determining grades because of the complicated decisions.

If laziness rages in the classroom, it can be considered in what form, through resolutions of the specialist conferences, the work behavior of students within the framework of the legal possibilities is more strongly influenced Assessment of performance Can be considered to be at least for some high school students Create incentivesto participate more diligently in class. Since refusal to perform or partial refusal to perform on the part of the students can make lessons almost impossible, changes that affect the assessment of work behavior are sometimes useful.

Feedback on the work behavior of students must not necessarily on the testimony stand yourself. There is, for example, the possibility of a certificate Enclose a letter from parents, in which problematic or particularly good work behavior is discussed. Another alternative to reacting to bad work behavior could be a Common conversation to be with parents and students.

Praise to Laziness?


We would like to lazy in between We are consciously or unconsciously looking for forms of retreat or switching off again and again to be intuitive and intuitive. In an environment where laziness is frowned upon, every form of existence gets that Label "work". Adults speak of dream work or relationship work. As a rule, students do not go that far.

Everyone can understand that Retreat phases and learning breaks are important in order to be able to build up new concentration and motivation for learning and understanding. In these times out we can inner distance get into routines that are no longer appropriate.
In these withdrawal phases, students can reflect accordingly whether their learning strategies for learning vocabulary are still appropriate or whether they need to change something. She often comes along during the time-outs sparkling idea for the successful essay. We know from sleep how important it is to better retain what we have learned. Proven is a short nap refreshing and then the performance is better. Pupils who look like they are lazy may just be busy processing something mentally and emotionally and recharging their batteries. In other words, being lazy at school can possibly a break that a student takes at a time when there is no official break.

In the puberty laziness is a common symptom of students. The hard-working nerd is unpopular and looks very uncool, because the nerd tries to meet the demands of parents and teachers to excess. But it is precisely from parents and teachers that pupils have to temporarily detach themselves during puberty in order to be able to do so own identity and own goals to find. When cutting the cord, there are often inappropriate exaggerations, for example in the form of various forms subtle and open forms of refusal to perform. Accordingly, being lazy during puberty can be a developmental phenomenon that makes sense.

Teachers should not allow themselves to be provoked too easily by "lazy" students or even take this behavior personally. Some people are also more phlegmatic by nature, in particular feel in the "artificial" world school little desire to make an effort. Some can show more diligence outside of school and outside of class, i.e. under real conditions.

Occasional laziness is honestly a very human, even necessary quality and some people feel that they are constant "Pompousness" disturbed in his environment.

Confront laziness - stay motivated


Varied task processing, which stress the students' brains in different ways, make students more alert and motivated. Teachers have known this for a long time.

Our modern forms of teaching should as much as possible little teacher-centered be. In addition, pupils with very different levels of motivation should increasingly learn together in new types of school. This means that pupils are challenged to organize their own learning. They should determine their own learning goals, the type of learning and the pace of learning. However, not every student intuitively manages to optimally organize his or her learning with creative skill. Many abandon the formulated learning goal prematurely. It easily creates the impression of a zero-minded student, a lazy student.

The view of the students for the different possibilities to work independently on a subject in a varied way, to remain receptive and capable of learning, will in future have to move more into the focus of lessons than in the past. Without the help of their teachers, most students will be inadequate in attaining this skill.

If you want to motivate a lazy student, you need a trusting relationship to build up to him. This is the only way to find out what is important to this student, what he or she is willing to make an effort for. Parents are also in demand here, because they - at least that is how it should be - can give tips on the wishes, dreams and abilities of their children.

Some students haven't learned to make an effort. A lot may have flown to them or they may have come from a family where good schooling is of little value. Her parents and older siblings were also not very motivated in school. They cannot take a role model from them; they have to find other role models for themselves.

If you have a trusting relationship with a demotivated student, you get an idea of ​​why this student is like that. Mental and social problems, in addition to a wrong attitude towards learning, are also possible causes. In this situation, the mental problems, e.g. depression, must first be dealt with before the motivation to learn can be improved.

Almost all students like A sense of achievement. More motivation arises from a sense of achievement, which some have to bring about in small steps.

Some students just don't want to exert themselves in school. You will have to and can live with the negative consequences. But then it is not a failure of the school but, especially with older and adult students, it is an expression of an attitude towards life.

Laziness provokes but is understandable: Comment


The term laziness is not easy to define. In most cases, however, it has negative connotations in connection with school and the world of work. Often times one is lazy solidified state of being demotivated Roger that. In extreme form, being lazy brings everything to a standstill. Nobody wishes that. Fortunately, you are only a few students markedly lazy, but most of them occasionally.

To be ready at all times for an upcoming task in the classroom and that entails compulsory schooling for pupils, is one great job for young people. Few adults have this later in their careers little leeway in processing their tasks and duties like students in school. Many adults have flexible working hours. They can get a vacation when they have special problems or take a coffee break just when they need it. As a rule, students do not have these advantages, they do their work is much more regulated. Your mind, your psyche and your body look for "little escapes" as a reaction to these guidelines.

It wasn't too long ago that teachers recognized themselves as "Lazy Sacks" had to be titled by people who know little about the work of teachers. That label was unjust and harmful to reputation an entire professional group and for the reputation of schools in our society. Teachers should therefore, from their own painful experience do not speak lightly of a "lazy" student body.



Book tips


Formulation aids for school reports & certificates Mühlacker media workshop. 5th edition 2010

Langer, Andreas et. al.Teachers observe and assess students. With over 3000 formulations for the certificate report. Oldenbourg Schulbuchverlag 2nd edition 2009

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