Engaging methods for teaching 21st-century skills

Today's students must be more than good test takers. They must be able to collaborate, innovate, and think critically to solve real-world problems. As content demands increase, how can teachers make time to teach these advanced skills? Sparking Student Synapses, Grades 9–12 describes how master teacher Nigel Scozzi used Rich Allen's Green Light strategies to teach content in a memorable and efficient way. Backed by research, this practical guide provides secondary teachers with tried and trusted lesson plans, in multiple subject that: Engage students; Accelerate learning; Encourage critical thinking; Improve test results

When you apply the book's effective strategies, your students will learn to make appropriate judgments based on the evidence available, understand relationships between ideas, evaluate content validity, and reflect upon their values. Changing the way you teach may be daunting, but the results are worth it—improved student engagement and behavior, better test results, and a rewarding reminder of why you became a teacher!

The Process: Transforming Core Content into Dynamic Lessons

The process: Transforming core content into dynamic lessons

A Little Perspective

Before we start, let's be clear. You don't have to be creative, artistic, or imaginative to design your own dynamic lessons. Nor do you need a flamboyant personality or a dramatic talent to present them. As long as you understand your content and are willing to try something a little different, you can design and present engaging lessons that promote critical thinking in high school students.

If you feel slightly daunted at the prospect of designing a dynamic lesson, that's a very healthy reaction. It's the same reaction we have when it comes to doing anything unfamiliar for the first time, whether it's scuba diving, making a soufflé, or ...

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