The Active Teacher: Practical Strategies for Maximizing Teacher Effectiveness

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Master proactive teaching skills that motivate students to learn!

Written by a nationally known teacher coach, this thought-provoking book helps educators bring their teaching skills to a new level of excellence and build a partnership with their students. With a focus on the “three Rs”—routines, rules, and relationships—the author helps readers:

  • Create and sustain a classroom community that promotes respect and achievement
  • Fully involve students in learning while addressing a wide range of cognitive styles
  • Strengthen collaboration with students, colleagues, and parents
  • Use feedback and assessment to develop professionally and improve students’ academic performance

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Editorial Reviews

Jane Bluestein
“Ron Nash brings the voice of reason and sanity to the field of education. With his clear, big-picture vision and his emphasis on routines, rules, and relationships, these practical and well-written ideas will help new teachers and veterans alike build connections with students and fellow staff members, keep their students engaged and involved in their own learning, and help them maintain their passion for teaching.”
Lauren Mittermann
"This book needs to be on every teacher’s desk, from the first-year teacher tothe seasoned professional. The purpose—to help teachers use their time and energy efficiently—is important in today’s classrooms."
Lori Musser
"As an administrator, I feelthis bookis very helpful for principals to read as well. Itcould be used as a guide to professional development ideas."
Phyllis Milne
"The author’s ‘lessons learned’ approach engages the reader, reinforces successful teaching strategies, and renews an educator’s motivation to make deposits in relationships that will yield a big return."
Rachel McMillan
"Practical techniques to transform any classroom into a learner-centered and safe environment that increases student engagement, performance, and productivity."
Rachel Mc Millan
"Practical techniques to transform any classroom into a learner-centered and safe environment that increases student engagement, performance, and productivity."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412973878
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Consulting Description

See Ron's Presenter Profile Here!

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.

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“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

Foreword by Fredric H. Jones, PhD
About the Author
1. Positioning First Things First
2. Investing in Sustainable Relationships
3. Getting a Handle on Self-Control
4. Shifting Students From Passive to Active
5. Harnessing the Power of Feedback
6. Balancing Formative and Summative Assessment
7. Enlisting Investment Partners
8. Ramping Up Relevance
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