I have posted on here before about this but I am struggling.... I am a first year teacher that was started Mid year (Started after winter break) teaching 8th grade Social Studies. I have one class where I can essentially teach whatever I want (it's called discovery). I was trying to do news media/ current events/ advertising.... but I AM STRUGGLING. And to top it all off my kids were complaining that my discovery class was boring and the activities we did were boring on friday. ( I had them read a current events article of their choice and complete a summarizing worksheet and present their issue to the class and their thoughts on the article). I just don't know what to do in this class to make my students less bored. I think it is important they know about current events and begging to develop opinions on issues. Should I just not let the kids complaints get to me or should I try to teach another topic for this class?