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
Chapter 2: Activating Teachers
The act of teaching requires deliberate interventions to ensure that there is cognitive change in the student . . . aware of the learning intentions, knowing when a student is successful . . . , having understanding of student’s prior understanding as he or she comes to the task, and knowing enough about the content to provide meaningful and challenging experiences.
Teaching is no small feat. It requires that the teacher have a full repertoire of proven instructional strategies, be able to provide helpful feedback, and create a safe, caring, nurturing environment, rich in ideas and resources where one is permitted to be vulnerable and risk errors in the quest of learning.
Teachers are the principal resource for student learning. ...