1st Edition

A Meaningful Mess A Teacher's Guide to Student-Driven Classrooms, Authentic Learning, Student Empowerment, and Keeping It All Together Without Losing Your Mind

By Andi McNair Copyright 2019
    174 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    How do you organize what may seem like a chaotic mess into a classroom that empowers students to engage with content and pursue their passions? A Meaningful Mess offers suggestions and specific tools that can be used to engage this generation of students in meaningful, relevant, and student-driven learning experiences—even if things in the classroom may get messy, both literally and figuratively. Such strategies and tools include Genius Hour, Makerspaces, flexible learning spaces, meaningful technology, global learning experiences, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and reflection. Packed with relevant evidence and research, A Meaningful Mess helps teachers understand why traditional teaching strategies are no longer working and what they can do to engage and empower this generation of learners.

    Acknowledgments CHAPTER 1 What Makes a Mess Meaningful? CHAPTER 2 Getting to Know Gen Z CHAPTER 3 Giving Students What They Deserve CHAPTER 4 Letting Go of Control CHAPTER 5 Empowerment Versus Compliance CHAPTER 6 The 3 E’s:Designing Meaningful Learning Experiences CHAPTER 7 The 4 C’s +1 R:Collaboration, Communication, Creativity,Critical Thinking, and Reflection CHAPTER 8 Learning by Doing:Genius Hour and Meaningful Makerspaces CHAPTER 9 Going Global CHAPTER 10 Reflection Versus Remembering CHAPTER 11 Meaningful Technology CHAPTER 12 Making Your Classroom a Meaningful Mess References Appendix Additional Resources Book Study Questions About the Author


    Andi McNair is the Digital Innovation Specialist at ESC Region 12 in Waco, TX. Before working at the center, she taught elementary and gifted/talented students at a small rural school in Texas. Andi was in the classroom for a total of 16 years before pursuing her passion to change education by giving educators practical ways to create experiences that will engage and empower this generation of learners.

    Not only does McNair define key terms in a manner likely to enhance practitioners' understanding of the broad ongoing discussion of this topic in the field, she provides a plan to tackle the challenges of a student-driven, authentic, empowered classroom environment. ,Paige Hendricks,Roeper Review, 1/14/20
    Packed from cover to cover with useful, real-world practical ideas, suggestions, insightful commentaries, all designed to bring useful order out of the inherent stresses and strains of today's education system at the classroom level, A Meaningful Mess is unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. ,Midwest Book Review, 6/7/19