Who has experienced the “I don’t get it” syndrome?!

Who has experienced the “I don’t get it” syndrome?!
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Teachers across the globe will experience the “I don’t get it” syndrome on a daily basis! Have you? How often?

The pupil says “I don’t get it”, the teacher hears “I can’t be bothered, can you think for me”!! This is why the development of pupil independent learning skills in the classroom is paramount and strategies such as “C3B4ME” and “Promoting Resilience” are strategies that all teachers should investigate and experiment with.

How do you respond to the “I don’t get it” syndrome? Comments are FREE, please leave one below.

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7 comments on “Who has experienced the “I don’t get it” syndrome?!
  1. Sally-Jayne says:

    I disagree with this completely. When a student says to me “I don’t get it”, I hear, “Please can you explain this to me again in a different way.”

    If my pupils feel the need to say, “I don’t get it”, then in my opinion it is my fault. Why do I think this? Well, because I’ve said, “I don’t get it” myself on several occasions, and what I have meant is “I know you told me *what* to do, but I really don’t understand how it works or why I need to follow this method so if I do it wrong I’m probably not even going to realise. Please could you explain it differently to help me understand.”

    I tend to respond to this question by asking, “Which part don’t you get?” which helps the pupil to reflect on what they do understand and what they are genuinely confused by, and helps me to think of a new way to explain.

    • Su Bowie says:

      I agree, I always ask my pupils to say “I don’t understand” rather than I don’t get it. But I then ask them to try and go through what we have just covered and stop at the point they don’t “get it”. This usually means that in the process of explaining the understanding comes to them. If it doesn’t I can see where my explanation needs to change for that pupil and also allows me to see any misconception they may have.

  2. Eileen says:

    My response to this is “If you did know how to do it, what would be the first thing you’d do?” The students then think & more often than not, come up with a solution to move forward.

  3. Long_Tailed_Tit says:

    Depends if there’s a completely blank page in front of them. Don’t tell me you don’t understand it until you’ve at least written down the question and had some sort of attempt.

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