The sun is setting on yet another school year. It is about this time that teachers start talking about how kids have checked out, senioritis has kicked in, and spring fever is rampant. I was lucky enough to be able to spend the last 27 years studying this problem. I took blood samples from over three thousand students on the first day of school, and then again nine months later. Every year I found the same thing...nothing. No sign of spring fever, senoritis, or any of the other maladies that teachers were complaining their kids contract every year around this time. When I dug deeper into the research what I found was shocking :) Kids were slowly developing a common problem that was being misdiagnosed. They were bored. They did not want to be, they were just tired of doing the same thing over and over and over again.
If your kids have caught boredom, I have some possible cures in this post. Things you can do with your kids that are different than what they would normally expect to do. Activities that allow them to be bold, have fun, and be themselves. Some might even be considered challenging and difficult. But don't worry, the most memorable experiences in your class will come when kids do things that they previously thought were impossible.
A short warning before you continue. Two years ago it was proven that kids can overdose on boredom. They can become so bored that recovery is a difficult and slow process. The same study showed that there is no possibility of overdosing in class on fun, creativity, courage, or being different. There are two paths your kids can take to success, being like everyone else or being like no one else. Which one are you modeling for your kids in the final weeks?
Clicking on each title below leads to a boredom busting activity.