Are they lazy? Have they been ill-trained, thinking we'll hand-feed them? Do they overestimate their ability to remember details?
Today in a few of my classes I discussed the requirements for a major project that we'll start next week. We'll gather data, analyze it, and write a report on it.
Why was no one taking notes on what I was saying? Have we made note-taking such a chore (a la Cornell notes) that they'll only do it when they're told to? I was giving them some subtle points to consider, and not considering
those points in their write-ups will have serious effects on the grade
received. Yet they stared at me, listening intently, and wrote nothing until I suggested they should. They are college-bound seniors, every one of them.
What the heck?