The Active Classroom Field Book: Success Stories From the Active Classroom

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Discover what really works in the classroom through success stories from educators like you!

Expanding on the strategies in The Active Classroom, best-selling author and educational consultant Ron Nash shares the stories of teachers who have successfully implemented active teaching methods in their classrooms to engage students in learning. Ideal as a companion to the original book or as a standalone resource, this field book includes:

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Overview

Discover what really works in the classroom through success stories from educators like you!

Expanding on the strategies in The Active Classroom, best-selling author and educational consultant Ron Nash shares the stories of teachers who have successfully implemented active teaching methods in their classrooms to engage students in learning. Ideal as a companion to the original book or as a standalone resource, this field book includes:

  • Chapters on student-to-student conversations, classroom process, student movement, feedback, and continuous improvement through reflection
  • Vignettes that set the stage for each chapter
  • Lesson plan segments and anecdotes from teachers in Grades K–12 and college settings

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Editorial Reviews

Roberta E. Glaser
"Ron Nash has synthesized the best research today on making students active participants in their own learning. This would also be an excellent book for a school to read, discuss, and put into practice as a professional development opportunity. This book shows teachers how to plan their play, then play their plan.”
Monica Uphoff
“Nash’s book should be a required reading for all teachers and administrators, new and experienced. It provides a road map that guides teachers and administrators with educating today’s youth. Fabulous! "
Jennifer Sinsel
"Every teacher keeps two or three books for constant reference while planning units and designing lessons—this is one of those books! The Active Classroom Field Book provides field-tested strategies for engaging students in learning disguised as fun! It’s been well-documented that movement is related to cognition, and Nash capitalizes on this idea with the strategies and actual classroom examples that will have your students standing up to cheer! "
William Richard Hall
"Easy to read and even easier to begin today to incorporate, this book is packed with ideas on how to let the students do the learning while the teacher guides them. The real-life vignettes included bring even more clarity to each concept, allowing the reader to experience the vitality each will bring to the classroom. I hope every educator in America will read this book and take from it to improve the teaching and learning process for all of our students and teachers. "
William Richard Hall
"Easy to read and even easier to begin today to incorporate, this book is packed with ideas on how to let the students do the learning while the teacher guides them. The real-life vignettes included bring even more clarity to each concept, allowing the reader to experience the vitality each will bring to the classroom. I hope every educator in America will read this book and take from it to improve the teaching and learning process for all of our students and teachers."
Roberta E. Glaser
"Ron Nash has synthesized the best research today on making students active participants in their own learning. This would also be an excellent book for a school to read, discuss, and put into practice as a professional development opportunity. This book shows teachers how to plan their play, then play their plan.”
Monica Uphoff
“Nash’s book should be a required reading for all teachers and administrators, new and experienced. It provides a road map that guides teachers and administrators with educating today’s youth. Fabulous!"
Jennifer Sinsel
"Every teacher keeps two or three books for constant reference while planning units and designing lessons—this is one of those books! The Active Classroom Field Book provides field-tested strategies for engaging students in learning disguised as fun! It’s been well-documented that movement is related to cognition, and Nash capitalizes on this idea with the strategies and actual classroom examples that will have your students standing up to cheer!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412981323
  • Publisher: Corwin Press
  • Publication date: 7/23/2010
  • Pages: 130
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Consulting Description

Ron Nash is the author of the Corwin bestseller The Active Classroom (2008), along with The Active Teacher (2009), and The Active Mentor (2010). Nash’s professional career in education has included teaching social studies at the middle and high school levels. He also served as an instructional coordinator and organizational development specialist for the Virginia Beach City Public Schools for 13 years. In that capacity, Nash conducted workshops and seminars for thousands of teachers, administrators, substitute teachers, and teacher assistants. In 2007, he founded Ron Nash and Associates, Inc., a company dedicated to helping teachers shift students from passive observers to active participants.

Download Ron Nash's product brochure.

“I was blown away at the conference and can't wait for the new school year to start so I can try all of the new ideas I received!”
—Audra Bounds, Teacher
Frederick County, VA

“This was the best workshop I have EVER attended!”
—Dawn Carter, Teacher
Augusta County, VA

"After teaching for 16 years, I was looking for inspiration and I found it. I'm excited to incorporate the innovative strategies Ron shared with me. The best part is the strategies are completely practical and doable. "
—Joanne Jimney, Teacher
Chesapeake, VA

“Your three-hour presentation was fabulous! When teachers give a standing ovation, this is the kind of program that will impact their daily teaching repertoire. Yours is an in-service that impacts how teachers engage students.”
—Patsy Slaughter, Elementary Principal
Virginia Beach

"This day reminded me why I became and love being a teacher. "
—Juli Weatherby, Teacher
Chesapeake, VA

“Attending Ron Nash’s workshop changed my whole style of teaching. The tools I gained have rekindled my love for teaching and my students’ love of learning.”
—Amber O’Malley, Second-Grade Teacher
Austin, TX

“As one of my colleagues stated about your professional development offering to us, “Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!”
— Linda Emerick, High School English Teacher
Wilmington, DE

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xiii

About the Author xv

Introduction 1

1 Squeeze Play 3

2 For Whom the (Dinner) Bell Tolls 17

3 Setting the Table for Success 31

4 First One at the Bus Stop 45

5 Feedback Pure and Simple 57

6 When Teachers Tick and Classrooms Click 75

7 Energize, Energize, Energize 89

8 Reflecting on Reflection 103

Appendix A Paired Verbal Fluency 115

Appendix B Appointment Clock 117

References 119

Index 123

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