The Effective Teacher's Guide, Second Edition: 50 Ways to Engage Students and Promote Interactive Learning

The Effective Teacher's Guide, Second Edition: 50 Ways to Engage Students and Promote Interactive Learning

by Nancy Frey PhD

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This popular guide offers a wealth of innovative, research-based strategies for making K–12 classrooms the best learning environments they can be. Easy-to-implement best practices are presented for establishing a classroom management plan, organizing procedures and materials, building a respectful community, fostering peer collaboration, and engaging students in interactive learning. Each of the 50 strategies includes step-by-step instructions, the amount of time needed to implement, and the recommended grade level. In a large-size format for easy photocopying, the book features ready-to-use reproducibles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606239711
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 09/29/2010
Series: Teaching Practices That Work
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 159
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 17 Years

About the Author

Nancy Frey, PhD, is Professor of Literacy in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. She is a recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award from the National Reading Conference, as well as a co-recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. In addition to publishing with her colleague Douglas Fisher, Dr. Frey teaches a variety of courses in San Diego State’s teacher-credentialing and reading specialist programs on elementary and secondary reading instruction, literacy in content areas, and supporting students with diverse learning needs. She is a credentialed special educator and reading specialist in California and is privileged to learn with and from students and teachers at Health Sciences High and Middle College every day.

Table of Contents

I. Five Rules for Engagement and Interaction
1. Organize Your Instruction through Gradual Release of Responsibility
2. Active Engagement Is Multileveled: Group–Partner–Individual
3. Instruction Is Interactive: Say–Write–Do
4. Students Help Each Other: Tell–Help–Check
5. Students Learn from Each Other: Think–Pair–Share
II. Engaging Students through Classroom Procedures
6. Creating a Classroom Management Plan
7. Creating and Teaching Classroom Rules
8. Responding to Problem Behaviors
9. Deescalating Problem Behaviors with Voluntary Removal
10. Crumple Doll
11. Responding to Bullying
12. Fostering Problem Solving among Students
13. Room Arrangement
14. Taking Attendance
15. What to Do When a Student Returns from an Absence
III. Engaging Students through Organization
16. Posting a Daily Schedule
17. Signaling the Class
18. Monitoring Noise Level
19. Teaching Students to Manage Their Time
20. Distributing and Collecting Materials
21. Calling on Students
22. Organizing Materials
23. Assignment Headings
24. Teaching Students How to Request Help
25. Managing the Technology in Your Classroom
26. Establishing and Maintaining a Course Website
IV. Engaging Students through Peer Partners
27. Establishing Peer Partners
28. Peer Partners Role 1: Response Partners
29. Peer Partners Role 2: Reading Partners
30. Peer Partners Role 3: On-Task Partners
31. Peer Partners Role 4: Assignment Partners
32. Peer Partners Role 5: Collaborative Partners
33. Grouping Students Efficiently
V. Engaging Students for Learning
34. Interest Surveys
35. Bellwork
36. RAFT (Role–Audience–Format–Topic)
37. Community Surveys
38. Human Graphs
39. Establishing Purpose
40. Vocabulary Routines
41. Whip Around
42. Response Cards
43. Walking Review
44. Jigsaws
45. Self-Corrected Spelling
46. Power Writing to Build Fluency
VI. Engaging Students through Reading
47. Choral Reading
48. Cloze Reading
49. Read-Around
50. Rapid Retrieval of Information


K–12 teachers; literacy specialists and coaches; education students and preservice teachers. May serve as a text in teacher certification/induction programs and other advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses.

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