ERIC Number: ED415182
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Beating Boredom, Creating Interest. Fastback 419.
Russell, M. Thomas
This "Fastback" focuses on avoiding boredom in schools. Following an introduction that explains the importance of teachers breathing life into subject matter, the booklet includes five sections. Section one, "The Nature of Boredom," defines boredom and explains that both teachers and students are responsible for beating boredom. Section two, "Creating Interest," notes that a challenge for many teachers is making classwork meaningful beyond the routine. Several ways to break out of old routines are suggested: putting new twists on old themes; balancing freedom and structure; providing enough structure for young children; and holding students' attention by designing for high interaction, designing for easy comprehension, using a lively voice, maximizing variety, designing for momentum, and watching for signs of boredom. Section three, "The Importance of Rapport," suggests that teachers who want to command attention and interest must learn to deal with competing events; they must be unafraid to be imperfect, avoid being drawn in by disruption, and address students' criticism. Section four, "Dealing with Fatigue," notes that boredom can be the product of fatigue and vice versa, but that rest is not always the best antidote. Section five, "Designing Games That Build Interest," explains that academic games are very appropriate for building interest and skills in the classroom. Effective educational games provide momentum, participation, reachable goals, and immediate feedback. (Contains 13 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Educational Games, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Fatigue (Biology), Secondary School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Motivation, Teacher Expectations of Students, Teacher Student Relationship
Phi Delta Kappa, 408 N. Union, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.