Miss….. Sir… I”m done my work… what should I do now?
|The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. – Ellen Parr
When our children are feeling bored at school, we start by working with them on how THEY, themselves, can ENRICH and add DEPTH, BEAUTY, and DETAIL to the work they are doing in class. We try to put the responsibility on them. We remind them that, even if it seems “done” they can tap into their imagination and find ways to add more depth, more creativity, and different possibilities. This does not mean that us Teachers and Parents do not ALSO have a responsibility to offer enrichment and help them find ways to be creative. But it is helping the STUDENT become better able to self-regulate, to advocate for themselves and to deal with that feeling of “not knowing what to do” – a skill they will always need. Always.
In Math: Can they write a story that is based on the math work they were doing? Can they create another question (more difficult or complicated) but ends up with the same answer?
Have the students create a TEST for the other students that is based on the work in class. Can they find different patterns in the question?
In Writing: Can they add more detail or try to use cursive? Can they write a different ending? Can they create another piece that is a continuation? Can they be challenged to go through every word and add a different word? How can their writing be put into an oral medium (podcast)?
In Reading: Can they create a character sketch or comic based on the book? Can they create a script? Can they find a similar book? Can they add another medium such as art or music?
|A FEW SUGGESTIONS….
Have student and parent agree to a Learning Contract
Learning Contract link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mA86t0wdFK3iQZP_3ovIOsbkYDFe7r_swdkrrzPYCH4/edit
|Have student make a list of things to do when they are bored (challenge them to make a list of things that are both “disruptive and not disruptive’ to help them better understand their own needs as well as how they can advocate for themselves constructively (when is a good time to talk to the teacher? When can they ask parent?)|
|Student “News” board. The news is never ending – the student could take charge of creating a news board that shows the THIS/THAT of news. Suggestion: Students could show a “bad news” item and then search for a “good news” item – the “This → That to demonstrate that often ADVERSITY can lead to positivity|
|Students could have an ongoing project to work on (a knitting project, something they are designing or building, a book to read, math puzzles). This might mean that the teacher or parent has a bin of supplies and activities set aside.|
|Can students research what it means to be BORED and create a slideshow or powerpoint This might help them understand that “Feeling” and how they can resolve it on their own?|
|One of the best strategies is using a BULLET JOURNAL. We suggest that students “add” a page of what they are doing (in math, in science, in language) and use their Journal to create further questions, themes, quotes, topics
A few Additional Resources that might help….