Beat Boredom

Engaging Tuned-Out Teenagers

Are your students bored in class? According to research, a majority of American high school students report being bored in class and fewer than 5% claimed that they were rarely bored during a typical day in school.

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Are your students bored in class? According to research, a majority of American high school students report being bored in class and fewer than 5% claimed that they were rarely bored during a typical day in school.

Former journalist and veteran teacher Martha Rush decided this would not do for her Minnesota students. Moving beyond asking open-ended questions and making connections to their own lives, Martha began to engage her government, journalism, and economics classes in meaty disc...read more

About the Author(s)

Martha Sevetson Rush has taught social studies and journalism for 20 years at Mounds View High School in Minnesota. In addition to teaching, she promotes high-engagement teaching strategies through published curriculum and hands-on teacher workshops. She is married to Jeff Rush, and they have two sons, Ben and Sam.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Erik Palmer
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Boredom Is a Barrier
  • Chapter 1: Engage the Students Who Need It Most
  • Chapter 2: Solutions Are Within Our Reach
  • Chapter 3: Storytelling: Give Students Someone (or Something) to Care About
  • Chapter 4: Discussion and Debate: Trust Students to Drive Meaningful Conversation
  • Chapter 5: Problem-Based Learning: Let Students Struggle with Real (Unsolved) Problems
  • Chapter 6: Simulation: Immerse Students in Thoughtful Role Plays
  • Chapter 7: Competition: Give Students a Chance to Prove Themselves
  • Chapter 8: Authentic Tasks: Encourage Work That Matters Outside School
  • Afterword
  • Appendix
  • References
  • Index

Product Details

Grade Range: 9-12
Media: 216 pp/paper
Published: 12/2017
Item No: 1149
ISBN: 978-1-62531-149-8
Hashtag: #BeatBoredom

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