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The Active Classroom

The Active Classroom
Practical Strategies for Involving Students in the Learning Process

Second Edition
  • Ron Nash - Ron Nash and Associates, LLC

November 2013 | 256 pages | Corwin

Promote learning that is purposeful and fun for everyone!

If you want the classroom experience to result in deeper understanding and new knowledge, then students must become active participants in the learning process. With new chapters on writing and the first two weeks of school, this book references the CCSS as it relates to communication and collaboration and structuring the classroom environment and offers brain-based teaching strategies for:

  • Establishing rapport and building relationships between students and teachers
  • Engaging students' active participation in the learning process
  • Creating interactive learning environments that include all learning modalities
  • Improving your presentation and process facilitation skills

Foreword by Rich Allen
About the Author
1. Creating the Right Environment
2. Incorporating Structured Conversations
3. Managing Movement in the Classroom
4. Using Music to Facilitate Process
5. Presenting With Confidence
6. Let’s Be Clear
7. Making Time to Write
8. Teaching to All Modalities
9. Unlocking Doors With Storytelling
10. A New Reality: The Use of Visuals and Technology
11. The First Two Weeks
Appendix A: The Active Classroom at a Glance
Appendix B: Student Desk Configurations
Appendix C: Additional Lesson Plans

"In this second edition of his Corwin bestseller, Nash expands on the types of communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills students will need to compete in the global economy. A renewed emphasis on writing, reading, and oral communication reflect the utility and promise of the Common Core Standards, and Nash includes chapters on the importance of student writing and teacher clarity when it comes to classroom communication. Nash makes the case for a balance between the new technological realities of the twenty-first century and the kind of face-to-face student interactions that will help students transition from school to work, meet the requirements of an ever-changing workplace, and become thoughtful and involved citizens. Veteran and beginning teachers will benefit from these practical ideas for achieving classroom success, as well as gain a sense of satisfaction from a job well done - and kids well served."

Kay Burke, Author/Consultant
Kay Burke & Associates, Inc., GA

"All of my teachers in two different schools have worked with Ron – and what a difference it has made.  Our students move frequently, do the majority of the talking in the classroom, ask deep questions, clarify their understanding – and have fun!  My teachers are building on the active classroom principles – and keep asking when they can work with Ron again.  This stuff works!"

Judy Lewis, Principal
Burning Tree Elementary School, Bethesda, MD

"This is my 6th year teaching middle school. Over the summer of 2014, I read your book, "The Active Classroom." I have completely changed my style of teaching and the students have responded well to the change. I'm happy to say your book has inspired me to try a new teaching style that is allowing students to achieve greatness."

Brandan Adams, Middle School Teacher
Norfolk, Virginia
Key features
  • 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

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