Impact Teaching: Ideas and Strategies for Teachers to Maximize Student Learning / Edition 1

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This unique book is a practical guide for educators who want to maximize their effectiveness in the classroom. This book stresses the importance of teachers creating the maximum impact on their students in the limited time they have available. It also covers the skills, techniques, and concepts classroom teachers can use to have more impact on their students. It addresses the global picture, and also focuses on smaller, high priority details, such as Question-Detail-Question, Vocal Italics, and Specify the Response. While broad in range, each idea is presented through the use of practical, real-life examples, making it a user-friendly book. For pre-service and in-service educators.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205334148
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/15/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 421,162
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Rich Allen is a highly regarded educator and master trainer, with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. His cognitive learning theory research, which provided understanding on how the brain receives, processes, stores, and recalls information, forms the basis for his radical approach to teaching, presenting and facilitating.

In 25 years of taking his ideas around the world, he has changed the lives of thousands of educators and executives, by giving them practical new presentation and teaching techniques that massively increase personal effectiveness.

Rich is a much sought after keynote speaker at international education conferences and leads workshops for school districts all over the world. He is a regular speaker at the Brain Expo, leads an annual course for student teachers in the UK and works with schools and school districts in the US, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Russia.

A former high school math and drama teacher, Rich was a Director and Lead Facilitator for SuperCamp, a 10-day accelerated learning program for teens, before focusing on teaching brain-based learning strategies to adults. He is the author of a number of best-selling education books including: Impact Teaching and Green Light Classrooms.

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Table of Contents



1. What is "Impact Teaching?"

2. Instructional Precepts.

Teach People, Not Content.

Awareness Leads to Choice.

Learning + Enjoyment = Retention.

Application Is Everything.

Stories Are Great.

3. Principles of Effective Instruction.

Crest of the Wave.

Open Loops.

Frames Create Meaning.

4. Classroom Strategies.

Bridges and Zones.

Comfort Levels in Physical Situation.

Completing Actions.


Distributing Resources.

Do it Standing.

Honoring the Note-Taking Process.




Pause for Visuals.

Press and Release.


Step Down.

Visual Field.

Walk Away.

5. The Art of Effective Directions.

One at a Time.

See Me.

Step Check.

Clear and Concise.



The Four Part Sequence for Mobilizing Directions.

6. Language Issues.


Appropriate Orientation.

Enrolling Questions.

Getting Responses.

Involving, Don't Tell.

Labels Open/Closed.

Positive Mental Images.


Sarcasm — Dividing Responses.


Specify the Response.

Suggest the Experience.

Vocal Italics.

7. Designing Interactive Lessons.

The Five Part Model.

Teaching Directly to the Point.

Teaching Backwards.

Making It Memorable.


Appendix A: An Approach to Consider.

Appendix B: The Menu.

Appendix C: A Checklist.

Appendix D: Creating a Presentation.

Appendix E: Organizing an In Service.

Appendix F: Stories.

Appendix G: References.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2002

    A must read for all facilitators and teachers!

    Pardon the cliche' but this is a 'must read'! Finally a practical book with real life examples and techniques that can be immediately used in the classroom. Not abstract lofty theories, but specific tools to improve your lessons and staff developments. From giving effective directions to positive mental imagery and ways to keep your students and participants actively involved, this book has practical information that you may have not thought about in such detail. I am a secondary teacher and a presenter and I can't think of anyone who speaks in front of a group that wouldn't benefit from this book. The book also includes stories, metaphors and a keynote speech template. I can't say enough positive things about it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2002

    a practical guide for speaking and teaching

    As a classroom teacher for over 20 years, I have seen teaching techniques change many times. However, this book offers not just teaching ideas but effective ways to present information, whether speaking to adults or children. I found it very practical and easy to read.

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