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Why Do Kids Get Bored at School?
- March 12, 2019
- Posted by: Lori Gordon
- Category: Student-Centered Learning
Is boredom at school just a normal intermittent phase for students or is it a bigger problem? And what can you do about kids who get bored at school?
When students are asked what bores them most about school, the most frequent responses are that the course material is not interesting or relevant to their lives; so, it follows they are not engaged and academic performance slides.
It’s understandable that unengaged students will become bored or worse. All too often boredom leads to misbehaving, breaking rules, and becoming the class disruptor.
What causes boredom?
For overachievers, it can be the pace of teaching. If students already know the material they’re anxious to move on. They’re not getting the challenge they need to stay engaged, much less stimulated.
Or it could simply be a lack of interest in the subject or a lack of understanding of the topic? In that case, not knowing where to even start on a project or writing assignment can be stressful. For these students, teachers might try creating curiosity about the topic or spending more time on the lesson.
Boredom is thought of as the enemy of learning and has a detrimental effect on academic performance. Teachers and parents both have an opportunity to step in and make some changes to diminish boredom. If students sit too long or teachers talk too much the attention span wanders. When students’ minds drift, boredom is usually close behind.
Parents can help academic performance by fostering a good, working relationship with your child’s teacher. Stay in touch with what’s going on at school. If your student is bored because the material is strictly review, let the teacher know. Good communication between parents and teachers can help students who are bored at school.
Nearly every student possesses a sense of adventure, enjoys laughter, wants a challenge, and is inspired by fascination. Using these as a springboard into a lesson can breathe new life into an otherwise mundane class and avoid help kids who are bored at school.
Students who are more advanced in their academic achievement might benefit being a peer tutor, assisting classmates who appreciate getting a helping hand.
At Yorktown Education we rarely experience students who are bored at school. Why? Because our curriculum is focused on helping students learn to do what they love then guide their academic performance toward that goal. Students advance at the pace that suits their learning style. This individualistic approach results in happy, high academic performers who carry the love of learning with them far beyond graduation.