To remedy the situation, and grow fruitful and happy students within the confines of the syllabus you are bound to, start to fix the problem yourself by creating an atmosphere of problem-solving in your classes. Create situations where students have to think for themselves. Here are some ideas:
1. Use Exit Slips
Instead of telling students what the learning objective is for a task, have them come up with one when they’ve completed it. Make it the exit slip.