I had my students write About pages about themselves and their experiences in my subject in order to get to know them a bit better. One thing that I found interesting is that a lot of them have said that they have said that my subject has never been their favorite, and that they haven't enjoyed it all throughout their schooling careers. Most often mention that it's not their worst subject or the subject they hate the most, but it's not their favorite. It seems a lot of them come into the class with this kind of baggage already, and that can be a definite hindrance to learning the subject. (If a student comes into your class automatically thinking they're going to hate your subject, it's very hard to reach them). I often see them saying similar things about English or Math, as well, and it could very well be that most of these students just hate school in general (they certainly act like it). I wish I could say that their attitudes would change once they enter my class, but they often don't. If someone is convinced they hate something, it's very hard to convince them otherwise. What do you do with students like this? They have very little motivation to learn for the sake of expanding their knowledge and are just there to check the boxes and get their diplomas.