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The Power of We

Creating Positive and Collaborative Classroom Communities
By: Ron Nash
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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781943920266
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2023
  • Page Count: 160
  • Publication date: August 03, 2023

Price: $29.95

Price: $29.95
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Students have an endless capacity of positive energy that can be harnessed into deeper understanding. This notion lies at the heart of The Power of We.

Through a powerful combination of first-hand stories and expert research, author Ron Nash recounts his awakening to the truth that engaging students starts by involving them as active participants in their own learning. By tracing his steps from a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, first-time teacher to a renowned education expert with four decades of experience, Ron Nash's first-person narrative springs to life as humorous tales lead to eye-opening realizations of classroom techniques that:

  • Encourage face-to-face conversations among students rather than reliance on technology
  • Put students first to create effective, dynamic classroom communities
  • Embrace the mistakes and use them to build advantage
  • Learn to narrow your focus to achieve big results
  • Help make a habit of being and staying positive by monitoring one's own daily energy levels
  • Extend a hand in the classroom to find the energy necessary to make instructional changes

By reassessing one's own understanding of the traditional model of teach, learn, test, educators can then leverage these strategies and tools to forge their own paths in helping students learn through true reflection of their classroom experiences.



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Ron Nash

Ron Nash, President of Ron Nash and Associates, Inc., founded his company in 2007 after retiring from the Virginia Beach City Public Schools to help schools and teachers become more effective professionals. His previous roles include teaching at middle and high school levels, serving as Middle School Social Studies Coordinator, and joining the Office of Organizational Development as a specialist and acting director. Ron holds a Bachelor's degree from Clarion State College and an M.A. in History. As a professional educator, he conducts interactive nationwide workshops aimed at improving student engagement in K-12 classrooms through strategies such as academic conversations, paired verbal fluency, and conversation flipside.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Author





The View From the Balcony

We and Us

Through Lines

1. Learning As a Consequence of Thinking

Chief Loan Officer, Too

Attitude Check

Talking Is Thinking (Wait, What?)

A Tale of Two Conferences

That Was Then; This Is Then

Roles, Role Models, and Routines

Kids Have Some Explaining to Do

Cool Down

Rock On

2. A Place for Face-to-Face Interaction

Developing Listening Skills

Begin With Pairs

The Pause That Reenergizes

Structured Brainstorming

Persist, Persist, Persist

Dialogue Is Content

Out Into the World

Hard and Essential Work

Mike Madden and the Halls of History

Inside the Outside Games

Cool Down

Rock On

3. We and Us

Consider Changing the Paradigm

Build Empathy With Regular Interaction

The Importance of Modeling

Stop, Look, and Listen

Nurture Engagement on the Part of Students

Seek to Be Clearly Understood

Employ Motivation Accelerants

Encourage Digital Citizenship

Names and Relationships

Winter Doldrums

Consistency, Congruence, and Credibility

School-Wide Commitments to Learning Communities

Cool Down

Rock On

4. To Laugh and Play, Perchance to Move

Getting Up to Business

Facilitating Movement in Classrooms

One District's Commitment

Laugh and the Kids Laugh With You

Time to Play and Tinker, Too

In-Place Energy Boosters

The Classroom and I Are Ready, Now What About the Kids?

Cool Down

Rock On

5. In Praise of Foibles

Fear Itself

A Safe Place to Make Mistakes

Mistakes as Opportunities

What We Don't Know Can Help Us

Zone of Proximal Development

Extrinsic Rewards as Energy Killers

Feedback Is a Two-Way Street

Cool Down

Rock On

6. Play Small Ball

Small Ball in the Schoolhouse

Process Before Content

Method or Madness

Play Small Ball With Journals

In-House Improvement Efforts

Cool Down

Rock On

7. Monitor Your Energy Level

Seek Sources of Positive Energy

Manage Energy, Not Time

Just Walk That Way

Work on Working Relationships

Not Everything Is Planned and That's OK

Teacher Dynamism

Humor, Health, Exercise, and Nutrition

Harness the Power of Exercise

Start the Day Right

Cool Down

Rock On

8. Go Where the Fruit Is

Congenial and Collegial

How We View and Handle Change

Keep Their Questions Coming

Students and Teachers as Partners in Learning

Identify and Employ Accelerants

Invest in Their Time


Try Something

The Power of We



Price: $29.95
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For Instructors

This book is not available as a review copy.