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 8: Final Thoughts
Every student deserves a passionate, inspired teacher who is firmly committed to helping students learn and consistently focused on doing a better job each and every day. Knowledge of subject matter has less to do with an expert teacher than does passion and enthusiasm, the ability to design appropriate learning tasks while activating and facilitating thinking and learning.
Accomplished teachers have a powerful and passionate focus in cognitive engagement with content for students. They develop thinking skills and problem solving related to the content. They monitor the development of the concepts and skills students are learning providing feedback to increase proficiency in a timely manner.
Inspired teachers are student-centered activators. Contrary to some thought, student centered does not mean leaving the teacher ...