"Every dedicated educator knows the feeling of spending hours
creating just the right assignment to pique the interest of
students. But what happens when students don't respond as expected?
Author and teacher Rush expertly outlines six strategies for
engaging "tuned-out teenagers" storytelling, discussion and debate,
problem-based learning, simulation, competition, and authentic
tasks. Before sharing her nuggets of wisdom, she outlines why
boredom is pervasive and damaging to students. Though she
acknowledges that there are barriers to change, she encourages
teachers to take these risks in order to amp up student engagement.
Rush explores why and how to use each strategy, examines
challenges, and offers tips. Her ideas apply to a wide cross
section of high school disciplines and are supported with research.
Anecdotal material provides educators with models that invite
experimentation within the classroom. Never preachy, Rush's easy
writing style, augmented with examples of student work, invites
novice and experienced teachers to incorporate these strategies
into their current practice.
VERDICT The suggestions for implementation coupled with an honest evaluation of potential difficulties make this an invaluable resource for teachers who want to take their craft to the next level of proficiency."
-School Library Journal, Starred Review