Quick Student Engagement Ideas for Busy Teachers: Creative Ideas from 1000 Remarkable Faculty and Some of Their Studentsby Russell Johnson
My quest was to explore the inner workings of successful, creative classroom learning activities and principles. I wanted to find out what seemed to work and why; what made students' learning clocks tick and how could we, as faculty, be more involved in the winding mechanism. I also wanted to identify ideas and opportunities that other educators could use in their own… See more details below
My quest was to explore the inner workings of successful, creative classroom learning activities and principles. I wanted to find out what seemed to work and why; what made students' learning clocks tick and how could we, as faculty, be more involved in the winding mechanism. I also wanted to identify ideas and opportunities that other educators could use in their own classrooms to increase student engagement and create higher levels of learning.decided to poll over 1000 faculty members AND college students to discover what teaching and learning methods resonated most with each of them. I wasn't content just to collect tried and true methods and advice from already successful teachers; I wanted to hear what the voices on the other side of the podium had to say as well. I decided I would also systematically search and sift through interviews, blog posts, and online articles to find innovative yet easy-to-implement learning ideas for a wide variety of settings both in and out of the classroom. The numbers from my research told a story, and as I analyzed responses, I began to build a framework that would become a new model for engaging students in the classroom. The data showed that students do want information "and they want it now"but they also want it in relevant and "snack-sized"� portions delivered in an engaging manner. After identifying the general principles that most of the responses and research had in common, I came up with a simple but effective way to convey them "strategies that would improve retention, conversion, application, and, most importantly, engagement.All faculty members can substantially improve their classroom learning environments if they make a conscious choice to apply new ideas and employ the four M's (Movement, Materials, Mindfulness, and Media) of the Enterprising Engagement Model framework set out in this book. By being exposed to these results and strategies, you will discover suggestions and ideas that you can use to tweak or improve your own teaching patterns and routines. This book is meant to serve as a tool to help teachers get more out of their students and get more out of themselves. I have included a summarized description of the research findings along with the highlights. I have also presented anecdotes that first demonstrate common challenges and then reveal what others have done not only to conquer these challenges, but to connect with their students while doing so. Furthermore, this book includes topically appropriate checklists, models, and strategies"all materials that you can use to control your own, custom success plan. From one simple question I opened the door to hundreds of successful learning ideas, activities, and principles. I hope these ideas will be read, shared, and debated. I encourage you to fill in the blanks for your own brilliant classroom teaching and learning processes. I'm offering you a shortcut through which you can selectively borrow from best practices and start using them immediately. From these "ready-made activities" you can shop for things you like and ignore those that might send you reaching for the bottle (whatever you drink). My research findings and resulting strategies will also appeal to administrators, parents, trainers and others interested in an engaging learning environment. I have the greatest job in the world through which I am honored to have the opportunity to share information, influence people, and help build lives. I imagine you must feel the same way too, and I invite you to join me on an intellectual adventure to discover what makes for creative college learning and how you can make it work for you. You might find one or two things here you would expect, but most will surprise you (and some will even shock you, as they are highly contradictory to academic conventions). Get ready f or a fun, inspirational, and engaging journey of discovery!
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Very, very inspiring. I am not a school teacher, but I am a homeschooling mom. My primary goal is to inspire. I want children who have a passion for learning. That is one of the main reasons we homeschool. I'll be honest, in general, I have a negative view of schools. I have experienced too many bad teachers myself in and out of school. This book is a breath of fresh air, because I just knew great teachers must exist. Folks who really have the children's best interest at heart. Teachers who dare to inspire and engage their students. Teachers who demand children to think on their own and not just regurgitate rote facts. All teachers who are looking for a better way, who want to make a difference in their students' lives, teachers who know that teaching is more than lecturing, this book is for you. As a homeschooling mom, I too found many great ideas that I can use in my home and in teaching Sunday school classes. From elementary to college and even older adult classes, teachers everywhere have much to glean from this book. Highly recommended.
This is definitely a go to guide for teachers who want to truly make a difference to their students and make classes a place of fascination and fun. The author has done a wonderful job of putting this book together as he incorporated different and somewhat unconventional teaching methods for teachers and parents to use to get rid of boredom in the classroom. I think the educational system definitely deeded information of this kind, it is a beautiful and smart book, a good read.
As far as I see it this book is a masterpiece of its category, it's truly time the mold of traditional teaching has been broken and redesigned. We all know the torture which dwells in a lecture theater for students and its full time the entire boring teaching methods be revamped. This awesome book by Russ Johnson has shown that for every generation different teaching methods appeals to different student and It's all masterfully covered in this guide. Beautifully done by the author and I do recommend this book to teachers of different levels.