Classroom Activators
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Classroom Activators
More Than 100 Ways to Energize Learners

Second Edition


© 2009 | 152 pages | Corwin

"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.

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
Brain Research and the Classroom  
Using This Book  
How and When to Use These Activities  
 
1. Energize the Environment
The Right Stuff  
Lighting  
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  
Feedback  
Breathing  
Hands and Arms  
Voice  
Cross Laterals  
Heavy Jobs  
Novel Movements  
 
3. Energize Your Students
Getting Into Groups  
Random Groupings  
Get Students Up and Moving  
Circle Games  
Circadian Rhythm  
Silence  
Pre-Writing Activities  
A Leg Up  
Gross Motor  
Eyes  
Props  
 
4. Build Teams and Community
Getting To Know You  
Contemporary Variations  
Group Challenges  
Just for Fun  
 
References

"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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1 excerpt


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