I have one of those square peg sorts of kids, which is awesome, and which tends to mean that our many, many parenting challenges do *not* include staving off boredom.
That said, he may be catching on.
(notation in the corner of his school planner): "Note to self: Do not make Coach angry."
me: Hey kiddo, did you get into trouble in PE class?
kid: No! But another kid did, and he was doing something I would do, like making smart alecky comments, and he had to do eighteen pushups!