Classy ideas that grab you

Classy ideas that grab you

Tuesday was Teachers' Day, so we asked our readers what teachers should do to get your undivided attention during lessons. Here are the top 10 answers ...

1. Try tasty food!

Bring us cupcakes. Or chocolate. Or just anything yummy.

That way we'll promise to be quiet while we eat and listen up!

Charlotte Chan, 15, German Swiss International School


2. Need for a plan

Confession: I am not a good student. Those silent pauses and awkward gaps in class are the result of my mind wandering to far-off places. Instead of fumbling through pages, or relying too much on textbooks, it is better if teachers have a concrete plan. If the lesson was jam-packed with knowledge, I would feel an urge to hang on to their every word.

Bianca Chan, 15, Maryknoll Convent School


3. Cut class sizes

The best way is to have smaller class sizes. It kills two birds with one stone: more individual support could be given to students and, at the same time, their learning environment could be enhanced. It helps students clearly identify their strengths and weaknesses, and come up with ways to improve their standards.

Darren Tang, 16, Law Ting Pong Secondary School


4. Red-nose appeal

Clown costumes, colourful make-up, and pillowcase masks ... Teachers should dress up crazily to catch our attention! Nowadays, people are serious about everything. Where was the fun that used to be there when we were kids? Why don't we bring that back? Plus, it would be great for a laugh, and to get to see the fun side of our teachers!

Julianne Cheah, 12, South Island School


5. Tell us a joke!

Rather than asking students to stand to keep them awake, I think teachers should crack jokes once in a while during lessons. Laughter not only draws the students' attention, but also boosts the teacher-student relationship.

Charlotte Chan, 15, Carmel Secondary School


6. Reliability is key

Teachers should show that they're reliable, diligent, and resourceful. They should also be able to control the class, and help students according to their individual needs. Teachers should stamp their mark right from the start of a new school year, because any negative comments from students could dent their reputation.

Stacey Chan, 14, Christian Alliance International School


7. Leave time for discussions

As long as a teacher is excited about what they teach and interact well with their students, he or she will get my undivided attention. During a lesson, teachers should always leave some time for questions because that's when things get really interesting. Good student-teacher interaction is essential to make lessons fun.

Jocelyn Ng, 17, Peddie School (in New Jersey, US)


8. Start with something new

Teachers should begin a lesson with something new and exciting. The best ones are creative and can come up with fun activities that engage their students. If I see or hear something interesting right from the start, there's no doubt I'll be alert and focused ... at least for the first few minutes.

Miranda Zhang, 14, King George V School


9. Creative chemistry brings results

I really like teachers who try to make lessons interesting and relevant to daily life. My chemistry teacher used to talk about electrons being like boys and girls - being attracted to each other and forming bonds. It was funny to think about such reactions and it kept me entertained and awake in class.

Joy Pamnani, 15, Po Leung Kuk Ngan Po Ling College


10. Online photo threat

I wouldn't dare sleep in class if the teacher threatened to take a picture of my drooling face and post it on Snapchat!

Ruby Leung, 17, Maryknoll Convent School

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Classy ideas that grab you

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