I know I promised myself not to use this platform to drive instruction– this is the warning— but I am at a conference today and the speaker presented thoughts of a third grader. He eluded to his blog a few times so as a person striving to become better than I was yesterday I began reading. I was fascinated by this passage
“How to Avoid Boring Your Students (For Teachers)
1. Like I said before, use PowerPoints wisely. Use them as a guide instead of a word-for-word of what you’re going to say.
2. Use relatable examples. Show funny (not too lengthy) videos that somehow correlate with the subject material, and make the information more memorable for your students.
3. Make class enjoyable. Throw around a ball for students to answer questions, or have a little friendly competition.
4. Even if you’re having a bad day, try to be positive. You attitude, whether it is unenthusiastic or constructive, tends to rub off on your students.
5. Engage all your students. Even if only one student is raising their hand, try to call on other people, who may not have their hand up, to answer questions. If they do not get the answer correct, try to guide them towards the correct answer instead of just saying, “No,” and skipping to another child.
How to Avoid Boredom in Class (For Students)
1. Ask questions. Try as hard as possible to think of logical questions that will benefit the entire class. This will stimulate your mind, and (hopefully) keep you focused on the subject material.
2. Be open-minded, and give each class a chance. Maybe last year your English class was the quintessence of boredom, but that doesn’t mean that English this year will be the same. Keep a positive attitude towards all your classes until you have enough time to form a logical opinion of them.
3. Raise your hand! Even if you are really doubtful of your answer, there is still a chance that you are correct. If you are wrong, a teacher could explain your mistake and make the correct answer more memorable.
4. If you are not actively writing, try not to have a pen or a pencil in your hand. This leads to doodling and thus, zoning-out.
5. Keep your head up. Resting you head on the desk will make you focus, but not on class. Instead, you will be fighting boredom, and lack of sleep.
Just a note: This post is not in any way meant to point out all the faults of teachers. Teachers are people too, and of course, like any other person, they make mistakes.” …Grant Wiggins
How can we make this become habit for not just students, teachers, and administration but all of us. What tool can you use? Just some food for thought….