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Dealing with "smart" but lazy teenagers

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:46 pm UTC
by Repeekthgil
Hi all,

I'm a high school teacher and deal with "smart" but lazy teenagers most days... I'm sure we were all there once, I know I was.

I know I've read some not-so-witticisms about "what do you call a smart, lazy person" and something about unemployed being the punchline, but I'm curious about how people have dealt with this conundrum. Become programmers for Bill Gates?


Re: Dealing with "smart" but lazy teenagers

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:51 pm UTC
by Izawwlgood
The hardest I worked in high school was when I was pursuing independent studies in topics I was interested in. What do you teach? What do these kids like? Maybe see about starting a club for some of their interests?

Re: Dealing with "smart" but lazy teenagers

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:05 pm UTC
by Repeekthgil
I'm a math teacher, but it's not so much for my students, as for the 12th graders that are on my team in general. In particular a student who won't submit things for his English teacher because he says he's already done them, or something. We can't grade a zero.

I think I was just venting when I wrote that post this morning.

I'm not super active on this forum, but I've been a lurker (like comic 200~) much longer than I've had a registered account, and I've seen the noticed the subtle changes (whether real or imagined) in the long time members attitudes as we've all grown older (says the 32 year old...)

I just figured there would be some insights from others who have been in that boat.

Re: Dealing with "smart" but lazy teenagers

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:18 pm UTC
by doogly
Not handing anything at all is worse than phoning in some lazy product, that's pathological. Is it just an extreme of laziness? Is there a fear? Fear is often the worm which gnaws at the root.

Re: Dealing with "smart" but lazy teenagers

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:56 am UTC
by Ginger
When I was "smart" but lazy teen girl there were two causes: Femme shyness instilled in me by my parents, and fears, like doogly says. Fears about being not smart enough, not good enough to ace my tests or pleases my teachers... and femme shyness re: ever doing my best on projects or even trying hard at all 'cause like I'm only supposed to be good at kissing boys or girls not schoolwork? Some feminine thoughts and feels re: "smart but lazy teen girls" a la what I was like as a smart yet lazy teen.

Re: Dealing with "smart" but lazy teenagers

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:41 pm UTC
by Mark_Cangila
I sometimes am lazy. I do my work but don't pay attention when the teacher is talking. My issue is that I know everything in the science class (and there is no advanced science.) I also do the worksheets in math while the teacher is going through the first few problems. It is really an issue of speed. My school has class that are at higher grade levels, but they aren't accelerated much, which is the real issue.