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!

Putting Power into the Delivery

Putting power into the delivery

The Keys to Managing a Green Light Classroom

Implementing the ideas in this book may require you to introduce new elements into your classroom. For example, the lessons in the previous chapter come with suggestions for memory strategies, music, and room setup. They also require you to facilitate frequent student conversations. Recognizing that, for some teachers, these will be quite profound changes, this chapter takes a more detailed look at four fundamental techniques for making engaging lessons more effective:

  • Recall: teaching your students memory pegs
  • Rock: using music to support activities and learning
  • Reorganize: matching your classroom setup to your lesson
  • Reflect: setting up productive student conversations

Teaching your students memory pegs is important since it demonstrates the power of using memory ...

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