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!

Demonstration Lessons: Putting It All Together

Demonstration lessons: Putting it all together

Now let's look at how to assemble the previous pieces into a comprehensive lesson format. What follows are a series of lessons developed using the basic five-part process from Chapter 2.

Isolate, Translate, Articulate, Replicate, and Criticate

Remember, this is the process for designing your lesson; it is not always the order of the lesson plan. The lesson format will become apparent as you look through the following demonstration lessons. Note that each lesson comes with suggestions for room setup and sound track. You'll find more about these ideas in Chapter 5.

Classifying angles59
Summary statistics62
Coordinate geometry65
Irregular areas, offset surveys, field diagrams68
Operations with directed numbers72
Consumer arithmetic: wages and salaries77
Love in Shakespeare's Othello80
Writing description83
Plot development86
Surface-area-to-volume ratio90
Order of levers93
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