Becoming an Active rather than a Passive Student

Most of the time, a passive student does not even know they are passive. They usually sit toward the back of the room, talk with their friends when they should be doing work, and participate in class only when there is no other choice. All of these traits are issues that students deal with on a daily basis and for the most part are not even aware there is a problem. It is not up to the teacher to fix this problem; they have thirty other students to worry about. Instead this task is up to the parent.

There are many ways to find out if your student is active or passive. First how are they doing with school with testing? Passive students tend to take more time, on tests, sometimes not even finishing. Are you able to get their attention while they are doing an activity? Passive students will be focused on something other than you, making it hard for you to get their attention. Do they seem constantly frustrated? Frustration is a normal state of mind for a passive student. The frustration seems to creep up when they lack sufficient time for an activity. If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then you may have a passive student.

What can be done at school to help a passive student? Have your child sit at the front of the room. This will give them a better view of the teacher and what they are writing on the overhead. This will also get them out of the back of the room. Passive students tend to hide in the back of the room talking to their friends. Lower their activity levels. If the student is involved with out of school activities and finding that they do not have enough time for school work, reduce their activities. Find out what they really want to do and give them a choice of a few. Children should know that school is the focus, not the basketball hoop.

Home is where the passive student is going to get most of their help. Reduce TV time. Let them pick a show or two but shut the TV off when that show is over. Have reading time. Pick a time in the evening and read. Reading is an activity that increases imagination and is far more active than just simply sitting in front of the TV. In addition read a book with them. If they don’t want to read out loud, Read the same book that they are reading and have a discussion about the book after each session. The Twits’ may not be the book for you, but it will only take an hour or less to read and will show the child that you are interested in what they are doing. Play a video game with them. Make sure that the video game is one where both players help each other to complete a task. Lego: Star Wars’ is a good one. Last, revisit game night and play an older board game. Allow children to have their opinion and listen to them when discussing their activities.

Supervise them during homework coaching them to ask question and instill in them that it is okay to ask a question if they do not understand something. If you don’t have time then that might be the issue, make time. You want them to be active, and in order for that to work be active with them. No law or law maker is going to make them more active. If you take the time to show them how an active person should behave they will pull themselves out of their passive shell and become the best student ever.