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The InterActive Classroom

Practical Strategies for Involving Students in the Learning Process

By: Ronald Justin Nash

Amplifying knowledge acquisition and student engagement, this text provides strategies for improving presentation skills, enhancing kinesthetic and interpersonal methods, and utilizing brain-based strategies to promote active learning.
Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544377711
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2019
  • Page Count: 168
  • Publication date: August 12, 2019

Price: $33.95

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Shift Students’ Roles from Passive Observers to Active Participants.

Preparing students for a world that did not exist when they were students themselves can be challenging for many teachers. Engaging students, particularly disinterested ones, in the learning process is no easy task, especially when easy access to information is at an all-time high.  
How then do educators simultaneously ensure knowledge acquisition and engagement? 

Ron Nash encourages teachers to embrace an interactive classroom by rethinking their role as information givers. The Interactive Classroom provides a framework for how to influence the learning process and increase student participation by sharing
Proven strategies for improving presentation and facilitation skills
• Kinesthetic, interpersonal, and classroom management methods
Brain-based teaching strategies that promote active learning
Project-based learning and formative assessment techniques that promote a robust learning environment

Intended to cultivate an interactive classroom in which students take an active role in learning, this book provides a blueprint for educators seeking to amplify student engagement while imparting critical twenty-first century skills.

Key features

  • New chapters on Project-Based Learning and Formative Assessment
  • Purchase of this book will become mandatory for training in all consulting work
  • New artwork throughout book, commissioned by Ron specifically for this project
  • New Foreword from John Almarode
  • Focuses on kinesthetic education, interpersonal and classroom management skills, establishing rapport and building relationships between fellow classmates and teachers, and engaging students' active participation in the learning process
  • A reader-friendly compilation of teaching strategies that are brain-based and promote active learning, interactive learning environments, and the inclusion of all learning modalities
  • Offers practical, proven strategies for improving presentation and process facilitation skills
  • Provides a wealth of valuable strategies and activities for enhancing teaching and learning
  • Explains relevance of ideas and demonstrates practical ways for putting them into action in the classroom or workshop
  • A "how-to" book for the classroom
  • Addresses key elements of an interactive classroom


Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by John Almarode


About the Author

Unique Features of this Book


Chapter 1. The Tinkerer’s Mindset

     Pay It Forward

     Some Reflections on Reflecting

     What I Did With My Summer Vacation

     Getting Better at Getting Better

     The Synergy in Collaborative Planning

     An Innovative Spirit

     Turning Talk Into Action

Chapter 2. Some Assembly Required

     When Plans Go Plop

     The Work in Working Relationships

     Embrace the Motivators

     Avoid the Demotivators

Chapter 3. Incorporating Structured Conversations

     Making Time to Process New Information

     Life in the “Telling” Classroom

     The Simultaneity Principle

     Working in Pairs

     TTYPA (Turn to Your Partner and . . .)

     Modeling and Teaching Empathetic Listening

     Pausing and Paraphrasing

Chapter 4. Managing Movement in the Classroom

     Reimagine Classrooms With Movement in Mind

     Getting Both Partners Involved

     Paired Verbal Fluency (PVF)

     Gallery Walks

Chapter 5. Presenting With Confidence

     Presenters and Facilitators

     Rapport, Relationships, and Rehearsals

     Purposeful Movement

     Visuals and Technology

     Seek Clarity and Simplicity

     Measure Twice, Cut Once

     Provide Process Time

     Verbal Miscues

     The Mighty Pause


Chapter 6. Let’s Be Clear

     Do as I Do

     High Operational Standards

     One at a Time

     Remove Barriers to the Message

     Clear and Unambiguous Feedback

     “Why are we doing this?”

     “Who is making the decision here?”

Chapter 7. Making Time to Write

     Speaking Supports Writing

     Hooking Kids on Writing

     Let Students Be Teachers

     Learning Logs and Journals

     Reflective Blogs

     Connecting the Writing to the Writer


     Connecting Speaking With Writing

     Confident Writers

Chapter 8. Using Music to Facilitate Process

     Music to Support Transitions and Breaks

     Music to Enhance Discussions and Support Activities

     The Role of Music in Choosing Learning Partners

     Choosing Music


Chapter 9. Unlocking Doors With Storytelling

     The Focus Factor

     Opening Doors to the Content Material

     Ownership Through Questions

     It’s What They Think That Counts

Chapter 10. Accelerating Progress

     The Role of Feedback in the Continuous-Improvement Process

     A Clear Picture

     Bringing Students Into the Conversation

     Checklists and Rubrics

     Working the Room

Chapter 11. Behind the Seen

     That Whole Groundwork Thing

     Finding Time to Reflect and Ask Questions

     Challenging Seven Common Assumptions

     Final Thoughts