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