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!

Translation Techniques

Translation techniques

Without proper translation, all teaching is lost.

Translating core content into an engaging activity is the key to holding students' attention during this critical stage of the learning process. However, during the course of the year, try to use as many and as varied translation techniques as you can. Each topic might need a different translation strategy. If you use the same one over and over, your lessons will become predictable and fail to spark student curiosity. You will also run the risk of students getting current content mixed up with content they learned previously using the same activity.

Gaming Strategies

“Human beings are typically interested in puzzles and games even though they may be of little consequence in terms of long-term goals or deeply ...

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