5 Ways To Deal With Reluctant Children


Like everyone else, children too have good and bad days. One day you will find them eager and willing to learn and the very next day they are mere shadows of their former selves.

How do you deal with a class like this? Here are 5 ways you can attempt to teach a class who are not so enthusiastic about learning on any given day.

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1. Drop the heavy stuff, pick up the easy stuff – If you see your classroom listless, dropping and unable to understand what you have to say about The Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 for example, then there are two things you could do. One, you can drop the lesson for the day in favor of something a lot more easier or you can focus on the parts of the lesson that don’t require a lot of brain power.

2. Raise the roof through debate and discussion – If your class looks like they are going to fall asleep, then it’s time to start debating.

The topic for the debate needs to have some connection to the lesson previously taught, otherwise there is no point to it.  Divide your classroom into two sides, with one side taking the ‘for’ stand and the other, the ‘against’ stand. At the end of the class, you should have a classroom of children who are significantly less sleepy than before!

3. Learning together, by working together – Despite your entrance into the classroom more than 10 minutes ago, your class seems disinclined to notice your presence. Rather than despairing, rally your students and throw out the magic word, “group work”. Section off your class into groups and assign them work connected to whatever you were going to teach today. This allows you to teach whatever you wanted, and it also allows the children to engage in some form of chatter and everybody is happy.

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4. Quiet self-learning – The classes you have to teach after PT classes are the worst. Children aren’t really in the mood to learn since they have come back from an exciting and exhausting time at the games field. When this happens, announce that the plan for today’s lesson is self-learning. Whether it is quietly doing grammar exercises, or solving problems or trying to memorize history dates, you are going to have an engaged class working through the lesson at a pace that is comfortable to them.

5. Free period – You have unfortunately the last period in a school day to teach. And even if you are teaching something as fun as Geography or as light as Moral Science, your class can hardly sit still, so delighted are they at the thought of going home. In this case, there is one thing you can do. Declare a free period. Relax and chatter with your class. You and your class have earned it.

How do you deal with a class who is reluctant learn? Share your suggestions with us!


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Padma loves to read, write and listen to music. She enjoys writing about education and talking about it too. Someday in the future, she hopes to become a novelist too.

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