From Seatwork to Feetwork: Engaging Students in Their Own Learning

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How to put students in charge of their own learning

Ron Nash shows teachers how to create a student-centered environment that transforms learners from passive attendees into active participants and leaders. Building on the foundation of his prior works on active learning, he combines his classroom experience with the latest brain-based research on movement, memory, and learning. This collection of practical ...

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Overview

How to put students in charge of their own learning

Ron Nash shows teachers how to create a student-centered environment that transforms learners from passive attendees into active participants and leaders. Building on the foundation of his prior works on active learning, he combines his classroom experience with the latest brain-based research on movement, memory, and learning. This collection of practical strategies helps teachers:

  • Redesign classroom space to facilitate collaboration, conversation, and participation
  • Create engaging, active, and project-based instruction
  • Connect classroom learning with real-world workplaces
  • Implement best practices for facilitating collaboration among students
  • Foster 21st-century skills

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Editorial Reviews

Ashley Ellis
"Nash provides teachers a powerful tool for reflection balanced with practical ideas for meeting students where they are and actively engaging them in learning. The ideas skillfully presented get students out of their seats, onto their feet, and involved in their learning. This is a perfect addition to any modern educator’s toolkit. "
Kimberly M. Cousins
"Every educator encounters an “Ed” in their career. The insights gained from his experience and growth are beneficial in supporting the development and growth of teachers. The one DOING the work is doing the learning. The teachers have learned plenty; now let the students learn more in the Active Classroom. "
Lou Anne Metzger
"Imagine high-performing classrooms filled with active learners eagerly communicating and collaborating along the information highway. From Seatwork to Feetwork delivers a road map to create the 21st century classroom. Filled with powerful and practical strategies, Nash zeros in on the challenges of creating a learning environment that ensures students will arrive at their destination. "
The Midwest Book Review, March 2012 - James A. Cox
"The book shows teachers how to create a student-centered environment that transforms learners from passive attendees into active participants and classroom leaders. It combines the author's classroom experience with the latest brain-based research on movement, memory and learning and is packed with real-world strategies teachers will appreciate. "
LouAnne Metzger
"Imagine high-performing classrooms filled with active learners eagerly communicating and collaborating along the information highway. From Seatwork to Feetwork delivers a road map to create the 21st century classroom. Filled with powerful and practical strategies, Nash zeros in on the challenges of creating a learning environment that ensures students will arrive at their destination."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412997942
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 130
  • Sales rank: 691,088
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (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.

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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

Introduction vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

About the Author xvii

1 Mirror, Mirror 1

2 Their World and Welcome to It 17

3 Exercise and Learning 35

4 Reflection and Discourse 47

5 Competition and Collaboration 65

6 Frontloading and Facilitating 83

7 Give Them Their 80 97

8 Show the Status Quo the Door 113

References 123

Index 127

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