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Battling Boredom, Part 1
99 Strategies to Spark Student Engagement

ISBN 9780367151973
Published March 12, 2019 by Routledge
164 Pages

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Book Description

Drive boredom out of your classroom – and keep it out – with the student-engagement strategies in this book. You’ll learn how to gain and sustain the attention of your students from the moment the bell rings. Perfect for teachers of all subjects and grade levels, these ready-to-use activities go head-to-head with student boredom and disengagement, resulting in class time that’s more efficient, more educational, and loads more fun!

Contents include:

  • Strategies to Begin a Lesson
  • Strategies to End a Lesson
  • Strategies for Solo/Independent Work
  • Strategies for the Whole Group
  • Strategies for Engaging Reluctant Learners

Bonus: The book also features a Quick Guide to Parent Engagement, with loads of suggestions for increasing student engagement by partnering with families.

Companion Book Available! For more strategies, don’t miss the companion book Battling Boredom, Part 2. Bryan Harris teams up with technology integration expert and former teacher Lisa Bradshaw to provide additional activities on academic talk, feedback to boost student performance, meaningful writing and reflection prompts, movement-based activities, effective classroom technology integration, and more!

Table of Contents

1. Strategies to Begin a Lesson 

2. Strategies to End a Lesson 

3. Strategies for Solo/Independent Work 

4. Strategies for the Whole Group 

5. Strategies for Partners and Small Groups 

6. Strategies for Student Movement 

7. Bonus Strategies for Reluctant Learners

8. Quick Guide to Parent Engagement

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Bryan Harris (@BryanKHarris7) is an education consultant, author, and former Director of Professional Development and Public Relations for the Casa Grande Elementary School District in Arizona. He previously held positions as a teacher, district-level specialist, and principal. He regularly speaks to educators across the country on the topics of student engagement, motivation, classroom management, brain-based learning, and standards implementation. He is also author of 75 Quick and Easy Solutions to Common Classroom Disruptions and Creating a Classroom Culture That Supports the Common Core, published by Routledge. Visit his website at


"The Fort Worth Independent School District Professional Learning and Innovation team used the strategies from Battling Boredom as the material for a district professional learning day. Over 1200 teachers engaged with a variety of strategies from the book. Many teachers shared that it was the best professional learning they had experienced! They loved the engagement and focus on student-centered strategies to promote and support learning in the classroom. Battling Boredom is a wonderful resource for new teachers who want to start their careers strong and for experience teachers who want to incorporate new strategies that promote student engagement. The book is easy to read, understand and apply in lesson design and delivery. A must-have tool in your teacher toolkit!"Dr. Lezley C. Lewis, Executive Director, FWISD Professional Learning & Innovation