7 Habits of Highly BORING TeachersTanya Marshall4 years ago
No teacher plans to be boring! Yet, there may be sneaky teacher habits you have that invite student boredom! This post shares the seven surprising habits of highly boring teachers.
Not only will you find reasons why students may be bored in your class, but you can also grab a FREE GUIDE on how to keep your kiddos engaged.
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Why Does Student Engagement Matter So Much?
Teachers work hard to make learning fun and interesting.
So it can really hurt when a student blurts out Im bored! or This is boring!
But its about more than just having our pride pricked; student engagement packs a mighty punch when it comes to overall learning in the classroom.
So how can we maintain rigor and meet learning standards without being boring!?
One way is to avoid the sneaky habits that cause boredom in the classroom. (no over-the-top classroom transformation required!)
The habits listed below outline small changes teachers can make to keep students engaged and improve learning.
1Talking In a Monotone Voice All The Time Makes You a Boring Teacher
The first habit of highly boring teachers is talking in the same tone of voice all the time. Yes, this is a habit.
If your voice is just going on and on all day, every day-you will start to sound like Charlie Browns Wha, Wha, Wha, Wha
Someone is sarcastically saying right now, I cant help the way I talk, its just how I am.
Intentionally spice it up by purposely changing your voice and its pitch.
For example, when I do read with my studentseven my older kiddos, I my voice to match different characters in the story.
Switch it up! Whip out your best aye, matey or British accent! Even if you sound ridiculous, your students will be caught off guard in a good way, which will increase your interest to them.
2Only Giving Worksheets Causes Students to Become Bored
The second habit of highly boring teachers is giving too many worksheets. Worksheets dont pique curiosity. Even the cutest worksheets given over and over and over again will become dull.
Create curiosity with things like:
- Trash- Review games
- Try using Plickers to assess learning. If you dont even know what Plickers are or you want a refresher on ways to use them, click here.
- Using online tools like Kahoot for lesson warm-ups
- Hands-on learning activities and STEM projects
Heres an example: in the tips I give for helping older students with spelling, I use these jumbo-sized letters for spelling practice.
As much as possible, strive for ways to engage students without using a worksheet.
When you HAVE to give a worksheet assignment, make it fun!
Worksheets or writing assignments that involve movement or partner participation build student interest in learning.
I LOVE using Classmate Scavenger Hunts in my classroom. Not only is it an engaging activity, but its NO-PREP for teachers and MAJOR FUN for students! Click the image for more details.
3Never EVER Changing the Routine Could Make Your Class Feel Boring
Another habit of highly boring teacher is keeping the routine and class flow the exact same, every single day, all day long.
I am all about some structure and organization in my life and classroom.
I often encourage teachers to Harry-Wong It all year long for better classroom management. But too much routine and structure become predictable to the point of boredom.
For example, if you run centers in your classroom on a regular basis, keep some structure, but throw in a different center activity or game.
You can find more centers ideas and resources here in my ideas post.
In this FREE Guide on How You Can Avoid Boring Your Students, I included some engaging activity planners PLUS a list of 20 ways to keep your students engaged. (no email sign-up required.)
It doesnt have to be a big drastic change, a little goes a long way in jazzing up your routine.
4Being Serious All the Time Leads to Student Boredom
Heres another habit of highly boring teachers: they are always super serious around their students.
Teaching is fun and exciting! The more you enjoy your classroom, the more students will enjoy learning with you.
Give yourself permission to smile.Showenthusiasmforyoursubject!
For Character Book Dress-Up Day, I participated with my students. I was the yellow crayon that quit!!
Being serious all the time drains your joy as a teacher, which makes you dull and unapproachable to students.
I Need to Be Serious for Classroom Management!
It is a myth that if you laugh with your students, they will misbehave more. The truth is that students may misbehave for all sorts of reasons.
And honestly being bored tops the list of reasons! When students are bored, they will find ways to entertain themselves.
Which will usually involve getting on your last nerve! Students who feel included and engaged may be LESS likely to misbehave.
Related Post HERE that deals with Student Misbehavior
When I lightened-up and had more fun in my own class, it made me more likable to my kiddos.
It also improved the classroom management and atmosphere because my students and I were connected more.
5Always in Teacher Mode, Never in Learning Mode Creates Boring Teachers
One surprising habit of highly boring teachers shows up when teachers act like the know-it-alls-of-life!
To me, teaching and learning go together as one! If you are teaching, you should also (STILL) be learning!
When you are learning, your own curiosity is piqued. You are no longer in the drivers seat, which makes you a little vulnerable.
Here are simple ways to be a life-long learner with your students;
- Every time I go on field trips with my students, I sit among them and ask questions like a student.
- In the classroom, I get on the floor and play games with my students.
- Or I will complete the same STEM project I assign to them in class with them.
- I have gone to Art and Computer classes with my kiddos to complete whatever the Art and Computer teachers had planned.
- Get on the floor and read a good book during your class D.E.A.R time (Drop. Everything.And.Read)
You may not always have time to do the ideas listed above. But the point is to make time to be a learner. Allow your students to see it in action.
Being a life-long learner also keeps YOU from being bored too! Yes, teachers get bored too.
Try one of the ideas listed in the FREE Guide on How to Avoid Boring Your Students and make your classroom more fun!
6Not Keeping Up With Current Events & Culture Leads to Classroom Boredom
This boring teacher habit ties in with habit #5 and #7: teachers that are clueless about the world outside their classroom become dull and boring to their students.
Our students are living in a social media-driven world that isnt going away.Thingschangesoquicklyandculturehastobeincorporatedwithlearning.
Check out my Facebook Page to keep up-to-date with current events. Click the image for more!
Whether positive or negative, knowing whats happening helps you stay in touch with the things kids may be hearing at home.
Of course, you cant consume every piece of news out there! Thats where breaking habit #5 comes in; let students share what they know and you become the learner/receiver of information.
A Post You Might Like: Useful Resources for Culturally Responsive Teaching
Not knowing anything other than your content/teaching subjects means your students may feel that you are just one-faceted and boring.
7Not Being Able to Relate to Your Students Causes Boredom in the Classroom
The final, but biggest habit of highly boring teachers is not being able to relate your students and their interests or lives.
Kids arent just our little renovation projects that we are tasked with fixing up. Kids arent just test scores. Theyre humans.
They have feelings, interests (other than their favorite school subjects), they have families that they care about and more.
Find ways to connect and relate to them. When you relate to them, they relate to you as a real person and not just the elusive sage-on-stage, untouchable, all-knowing-Jedi-teacher! Hello, Boring Habit #5!
Who do you teach? NOT, What do you teach?! Find out about the little humans in your classroom. Connect with them and you will overcome the Boring Teacher of the Year status!
Do Boring Teachers Know That Theyre Boring?!
I used to be a boring teacher. The sad thing is that I had no idea at first.
Lack of student engagement, lots of misbehavior, honest feedback from TRUE teacher friends helped me realize I had some unhealthy teacher habits.
We ALL need fresh ideas and inspiration for change at times. Even if you dont think youre a boring teacher, grab this FREE guide anyway.
Seeing the list of engagement activities may give you ideas you havent tried in your class yet.
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