The Edutainer: Connecting the Art and Science of Teaching

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The Edutainer describes an educational approach that provides teachers with core operational and interpersonal skills to be effective educators in the twenty-first century. These skills include communication, organization, management, planning, and building authentic relationships based on respect and personal responsibility. The Edutainer is unique in its perspective that the educator should be fluid and adaptable to our current culture, while employing sound academic principles.

The Edutainer concept is derived from the principles that make for an effective combination of both educator and entertainer. First, Edutainers are visionaries who understand that a change in culture requires a change in methods and presentation. They also make their material relevant to present culture. Preparation is likewise vital to these performers—they organize and plan their material long before they get on stage, or their performance will fail. Finally, the effective educators and entertainers have to deliver a stellar performance that is relatable to the audience. The Edutainer offers strategies and ideas to build and nurture authentic relationships with students, parents, and colleagues to build a dynamic educational community.

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Editorial Reviews

Jeff Foxworthy
From my years of hosting Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? I have found that learning is most effective when it is fun. Brad Johnson and Tammy McElroy have taken that idea and formatted it in a way to help teachers help students make the most of their valuable classroom time. This can be life-changing for kids.
Lily Eskelsen
Wow! It’s all in there! I can remember my first year teaching (1980). I wish I had had this book back then. It’s practical. It’s logical. It’s student-centered. It’s hopeful. Give it to a new teacher who’s looking for some experienced ideas. Give it to an experienced teacher who’s looking for new ideas.
Rosemarie Stallworth-Clark
Bravo!!! No more teacher-burnout here! Sensitively challenging prevailing, traditional schooling practices with candor and humor, Johnson and McElroy’s engaging book, The Edutainer, is written to empower classroom teachers for stellar performances in twenty-first century classrooms. Based on more than thirty years of combined teaching experience at the K–12 and collegiate levels, the authors elucidate the role of teachers as skillful performers on stage who know how to manage their professional responsibilities to parents, principals, and peers as well as how to engage their students in relevant learning activities in a rapidly changing age of information and technology. The book is insightful, practical, and clear with informative examples, effective strategies, and affirming advice for both the novice and the expert. The Edutainer should be at the top of the required reading list for classroom teachers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607096139
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 4/16/2010
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Brad Johnson has fourteen years of educational experience as a teacher, mentor, and administrator. Tammy Maxson McElroy has over twenty years of educational experience at the elementary and middle grade levels.

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Table of Contents

Edutainer Program

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword ix

Introduction 3

Act I The Vision

Scene 1 Connecting Education with the Twenty-First Century 9

Scene 2 Director's Chair 25

Intermission 1 Guest Stars and Performers 47

Act II The Rehearsal

Scene 3 Planning 55

Scene 4 Organization 73

Scene 5 Management 93

Intermission 2 Activities and Games 109

Act III The Performance

Scene 6 Communication 117

Scene 7 Edutainment 139

Finale 159

Encore (Appendix) 163

Bibliography 201

About the Authors 203

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  • Posted April 3, 2010

    The Edutainer: a must read for Educators!

    The name of the book was intriguing, so I thought I would check it out.
    This book should be a required read by all teacher education students and teachers!! Most educational books are antiquated and dated, but Johnson and McElroy really connect education with the realities of culture today! They share relevant stories as as well as insightful strategies to prepare a teacher to deal with the classroom of today.

    The comparisons between an entertainer and an educator were insightful and applicable. The book is all about making connections. Connections between teacher and student, teacher and parent, teacher and colleagues, and connections between learning and the real world.

    Even their endorsements share the edutainer theme: Jeff Foxworthy (Host of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?) and Lily Eskelsen (vp of the National Education Association).

    Definitely 5 stars!!!

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