Flip the Switch! How to Get Students Into Learning Mode Now. Walk into any classroom, and within a few seconds you’ll have a sense of whether the atmosphere is one of stagnation and passivity or one of motivation and engagement where students are learning. What is it that separates the latter from the former?In this book, education expert Gayle Gregory offers the conditions necessary to foster an environment of active, visible learning in a brain-compatible climate. In its pages you’ll find:  • What effective teachers should know and do to activate student learning and reach targeted standards using theories such as Growth Mindsets and Panksepp’s SEEKING system  • What an “instructionally intelligent” teacher has in her repertoire that impacts student success  • Multiple practical strategies to implement immediately that activate student thinking and target learning intentions through differentiation and the use of collaboration, formative assessment, and feedback Gregory’s powerful strategies and tactics, your classroom will be positively electric with enthusiasm for learning and greater student success. “In going from ‘teachers as fount of knowledge’ to ‘teacher as facilitator’ the field has overcorrected. Gayle Gregory corrects all that with a comprehensive and deep portrayal of the need for ’teachers to be activators’ of learning in partnership with students. Based on equal measure of research and practice Gregory gives is a compelling set of ideas and tools to maximize student learning and engagement. Read it and hit the ground running!” Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus, OISE/University of Toronto

Activating Classroom Climate

Activating Classroom Climate

Classroom climate (sometimes called the classroom culture) is made up of a constellation of factors that can sometimes go unnoticed. In laymen’s terms, it’s how the classroom feels or “how we do things around here.” It includes everything from the paint on the wall, how many physical objects are in the room, and how the space is organized to the dominant emotions being expressed, the teaching strategies used, and how much students speak or are quiet (Ambrose et al., 2010).

Neuroscience has taught us a lot about how the brain works. And one thing has become clear: the setting in which learning takes place affects the brain. Children are not robots, whose parts function independently of the world around them. ...

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