Boredom – The enemy of Successful Learning

Boredom in the classroom

Boredom is one of the greatest enemies of successful learning. This happens , mainly,  when students predict what will happen next in the classroom. Students frequently know what will occur next because it will be the same as what happened in the previous session and a whole string of sessions before. This predictability is the deadening bullet that classroom vitality may receive.

How can teachers avoid this boredom?

Seven tips to avoid boredom

  • Teachers need to violate their own behavior pattern.
    • If a teacher normally teaches in casual clothes, he should turn up one day wearing a suit.
    • If a teacher normally sits down, he or she should stand up.
    • If he or she is normally noisy and energetic, he or she should spend a class behaving calmly and slowly.
  • This might seem obvious, but a lot of teachers seem to forget it: “variety is the spice of life” . If in a fifty minute session students are writing sentences, they will probably get bored. But if teachers vary the tasks and topics  in that session the probability of boredom will be minimal.
  • Avoiding anarchy is as important as bringing variety. It should be noted, though, that variety doesn’t mean anarchy. You may vary techniques , approaches, topics, and activities. But these should follow a certain overall organization and bring structure to lesson delivery so as to get the students’ attention.
  • Teachers should also consider differentiated learning. He or she should create multiple paths so that students of different abilities, interest or learning needs experience equally appropriate ways to absorb, use, develop and present concepts as a part of the daily learning process without feeling helpless or bored.
  • Another factor that should be taken into account is learning styles.Teachers should assess the learning styles of their students and adapt their classroom methods to best fit each student’s learning style and thus limit the possibility of boredom. Learners learn differently. Some may encounter difficulty assimilating knowledge in an activity that another will accomplish in a heartbeat. So again varying learning styles might bring a lot of vitality in a classroom.
  • The setting of the classroom should also be considered with equal importance. A lively classrooms begins with the room’s physical layout — the arrangement of desks and working space, the attractiveness and appeal of bulletin boards, the storage of materials and supplies.
  • Motivating students can reduce enormously the feeling of boredom. Here is a previous post where I give tips to motivate students:

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2 Responses

  1. Adou says:

    Well, this is a veri intersting issue. In fact, I appreciate the tips you have supplied. I find them extremingly enlightening.

  1. May 14, 2015

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