In the past few years, an overwhelming amount of students have displayed declining interests in classroom subjects. I believe that this is a very big problem for Generation Y’ers because school shouldn’t be boring! Even I will admit that I tune out of class sometimes if I am not happy with subject’s material. This in-class “dazing” occurs a lot at Bucknell (more than you’d wish so).
I think I speak on behalf of the student body when I say that we have all definitely had a fair share of good and bad teachers during our times at Bucknell. While having a good teacher can make class an enjoyable learning experience, having a “boring” teacher can possibly be one of the worst Bucknell experiences. The worst part about having a boring teacher isn’t the fact that learning material is difficult, but that the teacher will most likely blame students for “dazing” in class.
To address this issue, I think that Bucknell must create a survey that evaluates the “interesting-ness” of classes. This means finding out which teachers are deemed “more boring” than others. After this survey is taken by the student body, Bucknell can identify the teachers who struggle to gain student attention in class. Following the identification process, Bucknell would speak to the specific professors about better ways to involve their students in class. Not only could the school create a guide to support this initiative, but it could also have “boring” teachers observe classes that students find most interesting. This would be a very effective way of showing professors how to better interact and teach students so that the students receive the best education possible. Who knows? Maybe there could be webinar events in the future that would allow “boring” professors to observe “interesting” professors in the comfort of their own homes!