The Benefits Of Boredom
If there's anything that teachers and students know a lot about, it's being bored. Bored in class. Bored in a faculty meeting or all-day PD session. And usually we think of boredom as a bad thing. But a recent NYT article suggests that there are some benefits to boredom, as well as the obvious downsides: "Boredom is more than a mere flagging of interest or a precursor to mischief," notes the piece (here). "Some experts say that people tune things out for good reasons, and that over time boredom becomes a tool for sorting information — an increasingly sensitive spam filter." The article explains why people get bored. There's even mention a 28-question test to see how boredom you are. But...I'm too bored to find it.