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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.
- 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.
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
Varying Your Instruction
Novelty and Surprise
To Get Volunteers
2. Get Your Students’ Attention
State of the Class
Hands and Arms
3. Energize Your Students
Getting Into Groups
Get Students Up and Moving
A Leg Up
4. Build Teams and Community
Getting To Know You
Just for Fun
"A wonderful compilation of practical exercises and strategies designed to get and keep students’ interest and attention. Evanski shows how teachers can make their classrooms stimulating places of learning and offers specific ways of gaining the attention of even highly distractible students."Allen Mendler, Educational Consultant
Teacher Learning Center
"Evanski does a wonderful job of boiling brain research down to effective and practical strategies that work for master and rookie teachers alike. The ideas in this book have helped me spice up my lessons and create a successful learning community."Brent Vasicek, Fourth-Grade Teacher
Miami Elementary School, Clinton Township, MI
"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, MI