BOREDOM BUSTERS. Breaking the Bonds of Boredom. Everyone is bored… Sometime Boredom is….. boring. Boredom is…. The place where we begin to hate the sameness of our lives. Everything becomes tasteless . Nothing satisfies . Avram Davis. Boredom is….
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Breaking the Bonds
The place where we begin to hatethe sameness of our lives.
Everythingbecomes tasteless. Nothing satisfies.
When we must do what we don’twant to do
don’t want to do what we must.
Some people are more prone
(Farmer & Sundberg, 1986, Eysenck & Zuckerman, 1978, Sundberg & Bisno, 1983)
Boredom leads to other problems
(The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University)
Drug AbuseSchool attendance
School dropouts Overeating
Boredom occurs in and out of school (Larson & Richards, 1991)
Boredom can be situational or dispositional (Farmer & Sundberg, 1986)
Csikszentmihalyi, Rathunde, and Whalen (1993)
Not enough physical activity
Does not feel in control
Basic needs are not fulfilled
Does not have coping options
Gifted children have many needs
Because many gifted children
are creative and intelligent,
they may have a
range of possible coping skills.
Tired, apathetic, listless
Helpless, confused, conflicted
Annoyed, angry, frustrated
Believes work is too easy, too difficult or just acts disinterested
it requires too much effort to begin
Time of day?
Check for physical reasons
Type of Activity?
Plan ways to remain engaged to hold interest
Keep a RELEVANCY LOG
Content? teaching style?
(light, heat, noise, distractions)
Address learning style
Confusion, lack of direction
position in the room
Move desks mid class
Offer multiple-intelligence type
choices for students
Create tiered assignments
Offer choice of products
Brainstorm a class list of things to combat boredom
Help students recognize their
feelings of boredom so they
know how to initiate coping
Give class directions in a way emphasizing fun/enjoyment to reduce stress
Help students know the relevance of the studies.
Pretest and skip
Use a variety of presentations and activities to learn material
Even when giving directions
Change the assignment to
become more exciting
Use graphic organizers and
PowerPoint's instead of wordy
Talk less. Let students provide the information while you fill in the outline.
Role play. Let students become
the teacher, designing worksheets,
Fishbowl. Divide into groups and let each group present a different chapter or topic
Use games. Let students
create games, designing
questions, rules etc.
Use “fat” questions. Use Bloom’s higher level
Help students become self aware Brainstorm boredom behaviors
Brainstorm a list of
Help students have an
internal file of alternatives.
Use different color notebook paper
Use sticky notes to collect good ideas
you have when you’re supposed to be
thinking of something else.
Use another part of your brain.
Turn the class into a movie set.
Imagine how it would look from different
camera angles. Imagine the scenery,
costumes, maybe a different place…the moon?
Ask fun questions to yourself about the topic.
How would a clown, a movie star, or how would I use this information in ten years?
How would I explain it to my dog?
Make lists of everything….
gifts to buy, ideas for projects,
places you want to go,
slogans for campaigns,
favorite meals or songs.
Sit in a different chair
Play games with opposites:
similar to, different from,
its opposite. Comedy
like/unlike drama. Girls like/unlike boys
Think about how inanimate objects feel: Would three rather be a five? How a noun feels about being a noun?
Students need to keep their imagination
going while staying connected to the
material that is being taught!
What are you willing to do to become a
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Delisle, J & Galbraith, J. 2002. WHEN GIFTED KIDS DON’T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs. Minnesota: Free Spirit Publishing.