Beat Boredom: Engaging Tuned-Out Teenagers

Beat Boredom: Engaging Tuned-Out Teenagers

by Martha S Rush


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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 discussions, competitions, simulations, and authentic work, like running a newspaper or starting a business.
Building on her more than 800 interviews with high school graduates, she offers up strategies in all subject areas for active engagement, moving way beyond traditional passive memorization of information. She describes how to create innovative experiences in your classroom, and shares her own lessons and her students’ work. Beat Boredom will help you join the ranks of teachers who have challenged the status quo and found ways to motivate even the most reluctant learners.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625311498
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Pages: 204
Sales rank: 618,004
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword viii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Boredom is a Barrier 1

Chapter 1 Engage the Students Who Need It Most 9

Chapter 2 Solutions Are Within Our Reach 22

Chapter 3 Storytelling: Give Students Someone (or Something) to Care About 35

Chapter 4 Discussion and Debate: Trust Students to Drive Meaningful Conversation 53

Chapter 5 Problem-Based Learning: Let Students Struggle with Real (Unsolved) Problem 77

Chapter 6 Simulation: Immerse Students in Thoughtful Role Plays 103

Chapter 7 Competition: Give Students a Chance to Prove Themselves 123

Chapter 8 Authenitc Tasks: Encourage Work That Matters Outside School 149

Afterword 172

Appendix 179

References 189

Index 198

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