Blog statistics are interesting things. I was intrigued to see someone had done a search on “occupational therapy boring” and some how they had got to my site !!. It made me stop and think is occupational therapy boring?, have I been bored being an occupational therapist?, are students bored? What is boring about? is boredom internally or externally driven?
When I look at the dictionary the following phrases are associated with bored, boring, or boredom: A dull and uninteresting activity, tedious, feeling weary and impatient because one is not well occupied.
Occupational therapists should know about being well occupied, but do we apply our knowledge to ourselves?
And the opposite of bored = excitement.
Strong, R., Silver, H., Perini, M., & Tuculescu, G., (2003). Boredom and its opposite. Educational Leadership, 61(1), 24-29.
Have this to say about boredom in the classroom: “Adam Phillips (1993) describes boredom as both:
A form of depression—a kind of anger turned inward;
and A longing for that which will transform the self, making life and learning meaningful.
This double aspect of boredom—its negative brooding and its positive yearning—makes it difficult to deal with in the life of classrooms… Instead of [teachers] asking, Am I boring?, we can ask, when are students most likely to be interested enough to overcome the boredom that occasionally haunts almost any sustained act of learning? In other words, When and under what conditions do students care enough to work hard? This question shifts attention away from an obsession with boredom and toward a more productive fascination with ordinary human interest.”
And “student achievement is more highly correlated with student interests than with cognitive ability, then we should make curriculum design based on human interests a primary focus for professional development”
for more you will find the article on http://www.ascd.org/authors/ed_lead/el200309_strong.html
And so clearly there are ways to help students be less bored but is occupational therapy boring? I look forward to hearing from others….