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Classroom Activators

More Than 100 Ways to Energize Learners
Second Edition
By: Jerry Evanski

Teachers will discover how to invigorate learners at all grade levels using engaging techniques that refocus the brain and create a receptive state of mind for learning.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781412968829
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2008
  • Page Count: 152
  • Publication date: March 07, 2013

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"Chock full of great ideas and easy to use! Whether you are a novice teacher or an established pro, there is a great deal of worthwhile information in this book. It's obvious that the author has spent most of his life in the classroom. The strategies he offers meet the needs of any teacher."
—Al Diver, Principal
Grosse Pointe South High School, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Proven ideas to keep all students attentive and motivated while learning!

This handy guide is a fun, creative collection of practical strategies that teachers of all grade levels can use to stimulate, invigorate, and re-energize learners whenever they need a "brain break." Each section presents specific activities and engaging techniques to capture and maintain students' attention.

These state-changing activities use movement, games, groups, and adjustments to the classroom environment to help students refocus, be creative, and learn more effectively. The author provides techniques based on brain research to:

  • Keep the learning environment fresh
  • Help students focus on the task at hand
  • Stimulate students' brains in the middle of a lesson
  • Build a sense of community, teamwork, and rapport in the classroom

Classroom Activators illustrates how simple changes can transform the energy level in your classroom, keep students engaged, and improve learning outcomes.



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Jerry Evanski

Jerry Evanski has been a teacher and school administrator at all levels K-12. He has written several books and has taught at the university level for many years. He has been conducting workshops for Discipline Associations and for The Teacher Learning Center for the past two decades. He created and teaches the Brain Research in Education certification program at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. The video he created about the program won two Telly Awards in 2005. He is also a trained facilitator for Super Camp, which is an internationally known accelerated learning program. His current research is focused on identifying and correcting potential visual, auditory, and kinesthetic blocks to learning. Evanski received his master’s degree in music education, his educational specialist and his doctorate degree in general administration and supervision from Wayne State University.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Author


Brain Research and the Classroom

Using This Book

How and When to Use These Activities

1. Energize the Environment

The Right Stuff


The Sense of Smell

The Effect of Ions

Musical Moments

Varying Your Instruction

Novelty and Surprise

Theme Days

To Get Volunteers

Visual Context

2. Get Your Students’ Attention

State of the Class



Hands and Arms


Cross Laterals

Heavy Jobs

Novel Movements

3. Energize Your Students

Getting Into Groups

Random Groupings

Get Students Up and Moving

Circle Games

Circadian Rhythm


Pre-Writing Activities

A Leg Up

Gross Motor



4. Build Teams and Community

Getting To Know You

Contemporary Variations

Group Challenges

Just for Fun




Price: $29.95
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