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Create Captivating Classes: Why NCLB Should Mean No Child Left Bored

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“This is boring!”

Every teacher has heard this statement. It signals the death of learning. A student who is bored is not paying attention to the lesson and cannot possibly learn. To allow learning to take place, teachers must create students who are the opposite of bored – students who are entertained! This does not require singing, dancing, or anything of the sort. The definition of “entertain” is “pleasantly hold attention.” Teachers must accomplish this without training, as ...

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Overview

“This is boring!”

Every teacher has heard this statement. It signals the death of learning. A student who is bored is not paying attention to the lesson and cannot possibly learn. To allow learning to take place, teachers must create students who are the opposite of bored – students who are entertained! This does not require singing, dancing, or anything of the sort. The definition of “entertain” is “pleasantly hold attention.” Teachers must accomplish this without training, as the skill is not taught in college.

Create Captivating Classes fills this gap in teachers’ training. The methods of entertaining are broken down and presented in an organized, step-by-step fashion from an entertainer’s point of view. Each point is then correlated to the teacher’s point of view and the value to a lesson or to teaching in general.

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Editorial Reviews

Eva Cornwell
Keeping students engaged with instruction is no easy task in modern classrooms. Create Captivating Classes gives educators tools to encompass background knowledge as well as strategies for teachers of any age student. Even if the NCLB law is not renewed, these ideas will stand the test of time!
Lisa Witsman
Perfect for new and veteran teachers!This book is loaded with creative ideas to capture and maintain student interests.Veteran teacher and entertaining magician shares his best tricks! Read this and see what you can pull out of your hat! Your students will love you for it!
Dr. David R. Goodsell
Public education is in a state of crises in this country, in part because too many classrooms are deadly dull. From his background as an educator and a magician, Christopher Bontjes understands that children learn best when the teacher is able to draw them into the subject matter and that fun and substance are not mutually exclusive. The ideas in Create Captivating Classes can lift both the spirits and the achievement of students and teachers alike.
Joanna Coombs
What do educators and entertainers have in common? Both need an engaged audience in order to be effective. The principles in Create Captivating Classescan be used by educators, youth workers, pastors, coaches, or anyone who works with an audience of any size or age range.
Laura Logan
This book is a superb springboard for a teacher's imagination! Clear, concise, engaging — and inspiring! This is a how-to book that's a real page-turner; I had to keep reading because I wanted to know what else I could learn.Every teacher can benefit from some part of this book. J. Christopher Bontjes takes a creative approach to everything from lesson planning and presentation to classroom management — and makes it feel like fun. Read this book. Use it. Be a better teacher!
Kimberly A. Hawthorne
Create Captivating Classes should become a required read for teachers new to the profession and those who have been in the field for many years. Christopher has reminded us that if we expect to keep the attention of our students, we need to pay attention to the way we keep their interest. A little humor never hurts! We all have the opportunity to be the “entertainer in our classroom” and in turn help the students become more engaged. I had the opportunity to attend a workshop that Christopher held earlier this year. If you ever have this opportunity, take it! It is well worth your time, and you will leave with some great ideas and a smile. Do yourself a favor: add this book to your “must read list.” The ideas presented in this book will help you re-energize your classroom and refocus your students.
ELT Journal
Overall, a great read: memorable, funny, and useful at the same time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610489713
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/13/2013
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Christopher Bontjes is a teacher with more than 20 years of classroom experience in public schools working with students ranging in age from Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Bontjes is also a magician with more than 40 years of experience entertaining audiences of all ages and all sizes. His extensive experience has allowed him to merge the techniques of both professions to Create Captivating Classes.

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Table of Contents

Prologue
Introduction
Preface
Who is This Guy?
The Big Idea
Part I – Entertaining
Chapter 1
Attention, Please!
Your Competition
Work vs. Fun?
Entertaining Lessons – Time Wasters or Time Savers?
Chapter 2
Anatomy of Character
Creating Your Character
Mirror, Mirror
Priority One
Chapter 3
The Power of Laughter
Learning to be Funny
Funny is as Funny Does
Targets for Humor
The Best Source of Humor
Call-Backs/Running Gags
Sight Gags
Ad-Libbing – Making it up as you go?
Ad-Libs and Music
Chapter 4
Hecklers
Pacing
Brain Overload
Chapter 5
Creating Interest
But Isn’t That…LYING?
Chapter 6
Does This Ring a “Bell?”
Bell Curves and Hecklers
Part II – Putting a Show Together
Chapter 7
Routine (Lesson) Design
Start at the End
Chapter 8
The Hook
Chapter 9
Getting There is Half the Fun
Chapter 10
Following the Yellow Brick Road
Chapter 11
If the Shoe Fits…Teach It
Putting Together a Full Show
How Routine Development Relates to Lesson Plans
Chapter 12
Getting Your Feet Wet
Part III – Selling It
Chapter 13
How Much is that Lesson in the Window?
Chapter 14
Your Rapport Card
Chapter 15
Highly Effective Habits
More Information on Sales Techniques
Part IV – Marketing
Chapter 16
Becoming the Pied Piper
R & D
Chapter 17
Weapons of Mass Instruction
Authority
Scarcity
Commitment/Consistency
Reciprocation
Liking
Humor
Chapter 18
Liking, Association, and Dog Training
More Information
Part V – Loose Ends
Chapter 19
Tying Up Loose Ends
5 & 45
Chapter 20
The (Rail)Roads of Change
Chapter 21
GIGO
The Next Step…
A Final Thought…

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