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The Active Classroom

The Active Classroom
Practical Strategies for Involving Students in the Learning Process

  • Ron Nash - Ron Nash and Associates, LLC

176 pages | Corwin
Promote learning that is purposeful, engaging, brain-compatible, spontaneous, reflective, and fun for everyone! This resource shows teachers how to turn passive students into enthusiastic participants in their own learning. Emphasizing that students must be actively involved in the learning process if their classroom experience is to lead to deeper understanding and the building of lasting new knowledge, the author illustrates how teachers can be facilitators who:

- Establish a safe climate for learning -Create an interactive environment that nurtures discussion and interdependent learning

-Manage movement in the classroom

-Teach to all learning modalities

-Incorporate visuals, storytelling, and technology

Foreword by Rich Allen
About the Author
1. Creating the Right Environment
2. Incorporating Structured Conversations
3. Managing Movement in the Classroom
4. Using Music to Facilitate Process
5. Presenting With Confidence
6. Teaching to All Modalities
7. Using Visuals and Technology
8. Unlocking Doors With Storytelling
9. Considering the New Reality and Practical Applications
10. Planning for the Active Classroom
Appendix A: The Active Classroom at a Glance
Appendix B: Elementary/Middle School Language Arts Lesson Plan

"Filled with a number of great examples, reader-friendly explanations and guidance, and valuable strategies. The author shares the key ingredients for creating active, interactive classrooms and powerful, engaging presentations."

Sandra Rief, Educational Consultant

"Any teacher or presenter in a group setting would find the clearly organized information immediately useful. I am anxious to try some of these ideas in my own classroom, and I believe that teachers would respond very positively to professional development on the topic of presentation skills."

Karen L. Fernandez, Humanities Facilitator
Denver Public Schools, CO

"Provides a plethora of valuable strategies, activities, and presentation techniques that will enhance teaching and learning. If teachers really desire classroom improvement, they will want to read this book!"

Sara E. Spruce, Professor of Education
Olivet Nazarene University

"Incorporates relevant ideas with simple solutions. The ideas are easy to implement, simply requiring an awareness of what one is doing to shift to a more interactive environment."

Rick Froehbrodt, Elementary School Teacher
San Diego City Schools, CA

"Teachers will find what they need to know all in one place. I teach middle school and have taught adults as well, and I found wonderful tidbits of information that I could immediately put into practice in both situations, which is rare."

Patti Hendricks, Teacher
Sunset Ridge Middle School, West Jordan, UT

"An accessible, inclusive, short, and to-the-point rendering of recent research and practice that promotes the sort of classroom that I appreciate. This book is a reader-friendly compilation of teaching strategies that are brain-based and that promote active learning, interactive learning environments, and the inclusion of all learning modalities."

Jim Hughes, New Teacher Support Specialist
West Contra Costa Unified School District, Richmond, CA

"Nash's passion for teaching is on every page. This is a handbook for both beginning and veteran teachers who want to invigorate their teaching, motivate their students, and have fun along the way."

Kay Burke, Educational Consultant
Author, From Standards to Rubrics in Six Steps

"Picture confident learners in joyful classrooms, and you'll have a sense of what this book offers. Based on a sound foundation of current research, Nash illuminates a rich variety of methods for energizing learners and learning. His approach to creating student-centered classrooms is practical and accessible for both new and experienced teachers."

Laura Lipton and Bruce Wellman, Codirectors
MiraVia LLC

Ronald Justin Nash

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