How teachers can engage students to stay in school

10/3/2013 | Edutopia.org

Boredom is leading some high-school students to drop out of school, neurologist and teacher Judy Willis writes in this blog post. Willis attributes the trend to the negative effects of chronic stress associated with boredom and offers some solutions to address it, such as engaging students with lessons that connect academic topics to the real world, activate prior knowledge and personalize learning. Students also need help to "build the executive functions of emotional self-control to give them strategies for stress reduction," she writes.

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