Battling Boredom: 99 Strategies to Spark Student Engagement

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Drive boredom out of your classroom – and keep it out – with the student-engagement strategies in this book. You’ll learn how to gain and sustain the attention of your students from the moment the bell rings. Perfect for teachers of all subjects and grade levels, these activities go head-to-head with student boredom and disengagement, resulting in class time that’s more efficient, more educational, and loads more fun!

Contents include:

  • Strategies to Begin a Lesson
  • Strategies to End a Lesson
  • Strategies for Solo/Independent Work
  • Strategies for the Whole Group

Author Bryan Harris, an expert in student engagement and classroom management, has extensive experience in K-12 motivation and brain-based learning. In this book, he brings together 99 simple, ready-to-use ideas for teachers looking to overcome student boredom and illuminate classroom lessons in a dynamic, interactive way. Bonus strategies show you how to engage even the most reluctant learners.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596671669
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/22/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 463,572
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


About the Author


Part 1. Strategies to Begin a Lesson

Agree/Disagree Statements

Alphabet Summary

Audio/Video Clips

Fantastic Facts

Found It!

Personal Goals

Quick Draw


Part 2. Strategies to End a Lesson

Absent Student

Circle, Triangle, Square

Journal Response

Keepers and Wishers

Letter to Self

Outcome Statements

Pass It


Part 3. Strategies for Solo/Independent Work

Content Nameplate


Coded Reading

Color Code

Concept Collage

Create the Test

Flash Cards 2.0


Part 4. Strategies for the Whole Group

Choral Response

Common Songs

Fish Bowl

Forced Analogies

Guess the Word

I Learned Chain

Individual Student Whiteboards


Part 5. Strategies for Partners and Small Groups

Add On

Card Sort

Envelope Questions

Halftime Summary

Partner Pretest

Q and A Match

Quiz Show


Part 6. Strategies for Student Movement

Ball Toss

Change of Perspective




Dueling Flip Charts

Gallery Walk


Part 7. Bonus Strategies for Reluctant Learners

A Head Start

Big Word Alert

Closed Fist

Extend An Invitation

Looks Like, Sounds Like, Feels Like

The 5-Minute Focus Group

The Miracle Question



Suggested Readings

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