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Battling Boredom, Part 2
Even More Strategies to Spark Student Engagement

ISBN 9780415403160
Published July 27, 2017 by Routledge
130 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. In the first Battling Boredom, bestselling author Bryan Harris offered strategies on beginning a lesson, ending a lesson, small group work, and large group work. Now in Battling Boredom Part 2, Harris teams up with technology integration expert and former teacher Lisa Bradshaw to provide additional strategies on new topics such as academic talk, feedback, writing, classroom technology, and more. You’ll learn how to:

    • Increase the quality and effectiveness of feedback to boost student performance.
    • Engage students in meaningful reflection with writing prompts and exercises.
    • Reenergize a lethargic class using movement-based activities.
    • Integrate technology to create a more enriching classroom experience for students.
    • Encourage students to speak up, share their ideas, and talk about their learning.

With this toolbox of instructional strategies, you’ll have even more ways to end student boredom before it begins, resulting in class time that’s more efficient, more educational, and loads more fun!

Table of Contents


About the Authors


Part 1 – Academic Talk

Artifacts, Realia, and Props

Consultation Trios

Conversation Extenders

Finish the Thought

Flip the Brainstorm

Jumbled Sentences

Key Word Lists

Say It with Your Hands

Take a Stance–Change Your Hat

Turn on the Captions

Part II – Energizers

Ball Toss

How Many Can You Name?

Imagine That

Stand, Stretch, and Breathe

Stand When…

Strike A Pose

Table Top Memory


The "Or" Game

Who’s Missing?

Part III – Feedback

A-Z Brainstorm


Audio/Video Examples



Course Evaluations

Find and Fix

Post-Test Review

Quick Quiz

Ticket In the Door

Part IV – Questioning

Focal Points

Here’s the Answer, Find the Question

"I wonder…"

Narrated Think Time

Open and Closed Questions

Powerful Images

Questions Only

Says Who?

What If…?

Who Am I?

Part V - Technology

Annotated Images


Camera Scavenger Hunt

Choice Boards

Clickers Without Clickers

Collaborative Sticky Notes


Digital Whiteboards

Explain Your Thinking

QR Hunt

Part VI – Vocabulary

Act it Out

Banned Words

Big Word Alert

Concentration Plus

Illustrated Vocabulary

Jump In Vocabulary

Magnet Words

Plus Two, Minus Two

Word Jar

Word of the Day

Part VII – Writing


Alter the Audience

Expand the Sentence

Fast Writing

One-Word Summary

Response Journal

The Week in Review

What, So What?

Write On

Write, Talk, Revise

Part VIII – Student Engagement Strategies that Don’t Work

Academic Decathlon

Answer Hunt

Anything with a "Robin" in it


Extended Lecture


Name First

Rhetorical Questions

Who Wants To...?




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Bryan Harris is the Director of Professional Development and Public Relations for the Casa Grande Elementary School District in Arizona.

Lisa Bradshaw is the Director of Information Technology for the Casa Grande Elementary School District in Arizona.


"Battling Boredom Part 2 is a must-have for all educators. As an easy read, it sets the context for the importance of student engagement through brain-based and educational research. Filled with pragmatic and useful classroom strategies for all levels, the book purposefully integrates technology into the classroom learning, promoting deeper engagement. Relevant and user friendly, Battling Boredom 2 is the desktop resource for today’s teacher."

  • Lezley Lewis, Executive Director of Teacher Learning, Fort Worth ISD

"This book is PACKED with strategies to engage students. The strategies are specific, they include variations, and they are classroom-ready for action. Another winner!"

  • Eric Jensen, PhD, author of 30 books, including Teaching with the Brain in Mind.