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 the Power of Peers

Activating the Power of Peers

Teachers are the teachers, and students are the learners: That’s how many of us were trained to see our roles. But it turns out that peer relationships are some of the most important elements in learning. This chapter addresses the importance of peer relationships in the classroom, obstacles to peer relationships, and the many ways that teachers can use peer relationships to activate learning.

The Importance of Peer Relationships in the Classroom

Peers make a real difference for learning. Hattie (2009) identifies peer influence with an effect size of d = 0.55, citing the impact of helping, tutoring, offering friendship, and giving feedback.


One of the simplest ways that peers make a difference is friendship. Positive peer relationships ...

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