“An excellent tool to help teachers help students, this book would be particularly useful within a professional learning community or in a mentoring setting.”
—Jim Hoogheem, Retired Principal
Fernbrook Elementary School, Maple Grove, MN
“This book got me excited to teach in an inclusive setting! The tips and directions will work with every child and will ensure that ALL students can learn in the same environment.”
—Rachel Aherns, Instructional Strategist I
Westridge Elementary School, West Des Moines, IA
Engage all learners with research-based strategies from acclaimed educators
Research indicates that students of all ages and demographics benefit from active learning strategies. The challenge is translating what we know into what we do. Award-winning educators Linda Schwartz Green and Diane Casale-Giannola build that bridge with more than 40 easy-to-implement strategies for today's inclusive classroom. This practical guide includes: Field-tested practices that are easily adaptable to various grade levels and subjects; Vignettes that demonstrate how to apply today's brain-compatible strategies in the classroom; Tools for differentiating instruction to serve ALL students, including high-ability students, those with ADHD or learning disabilities, and English learners
Grounded in foundational research and educational literature, these strategies include directions for use, sample applications across content areas, and how-to's for groups and individuals. Teachers and administrators will find this comprehensive guidebook an indispensable at-your- fingertips resource for enhancing student engagement, furthering professional development, and increasing positive learning outcomes.
Chapter 4: Active Learning Strategies
Active Learning Strategies
In Chapter 1, we explained the relevance of active learning and the way in which strategies incorporate active learning and engage the learner. We reviewed the significant role that motivation plays in student learning, and we made a case for increasing motivation to encourage learning and understanding.
In this chapter, we present a wide variety of strategies that promote active learning. These strategies are motivating because they include movement; or interaction with peers; or topics of particular interest; or different ways of rehearsing content; or allow for student voice, divergent answers, or multiple methods of response. They are motivating because they are appealing to students and they are fun.
Each strategy provides a framework for the teacher to develop a variety of ...