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Teacher as Activator of Learning

Teacher as Activator of Learning

February 2016 | 240 pages | Corwin

Flip the Switch! How to Get Students Into Learning Mode Now.

In his well-known meta-analysis, John Hattie suggests that facilitating learning is not as effective or powerful as activating learning.  In this book Gayle Gregory shows you how to facilitate better and deeper learning. Packed with practical strategies that teachers can use every day to increase student achievement, you will also discover what educational neuroscience says about nurturing a “growth mindset” and creating classrooms that support and encourage students to take risks and “fail forward.”  Learn how to

  • Foster student dialogue and thinking
  • Orchestrate productive, reflective flexible student groups 
  • Develop respectful learning relationships between and among students and teachers

Teacher competencies and clarity related to student goals and success criteria, with quality feedback, are essential for student success.  This resource will enrich learning environments for students and increase the chance of success for all.

“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

Introduction: Activating Student Thinking
Chapter 1. Activating Classroom Climate
Chapter 2. Activating Teachers
Chapter 3. Activating the Power of Peers
Chapter 4. Activating Cooperative Learning
Chapter 5. Activating the Power of Goals and Standards
Chapter 6. Activating Assessment
Chapter 7. Activating Feedback
Chapter 8. Final Thoughts

"In going from “teacher as fount of knowledge” to “teacher as facilitator” the field has over-corrected. Gayle Gregory corrects that with a comprehensive and deep portrayal of the need for teachers to be activators of learning in partnership with students. Based on equal measures of research and practice, Gregory gives us 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

Gayle Gregory has taken her extensive knowledge of differentiation and classroom instruction to new heights in her latest book, Teacher As Activator of Learning. Supported by the recent extensive, compelling research of John Hattie, Bob Marzano, and several other contemporary educational researchers, she has crafted a practical, useful volume filled with research-based instructional strategies that classroom teachers and school leaders can use immediately to inform their practice. This book is a must-have for any school professional library.

Ainsley Rose
President of Thistle Educational Development Inc.

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

Gayle H. Gregory

Gayle H. Gregory is first and foremost a teacher, having experienced teaching and learning in elementary, middle, and secondary schools, community colleges, and universities. She has had extensive district-wide experience as a curriculum consultant and staff development coordinator. Gayle was principal/course director at York University for the Faculty of Education, teaching in the teacher education program.Her areas of expertise include brain-compatible learning, differentiated instructional and assessment strategies, block scheduling, emotional intelligence, student motivation, RTI Tier One, collaborative learning, common core, renewal... More About Author

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