1st Edition

Serious Fun
Practical Strategies to Motivate and Engage Students

ISBN 9781596672536
Published November 8, 2013 by Routledge
184 Pages

USD $35.95

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Book Description

Discover how to improve student engagement, foster collaboration, and boost achievement with the power of fun. This book provides dozens of instructional strategies that can be implemented immediately into any classroom to increase student motivation and foster love of learning.

Backed up with brain-based research, you can use these techniques, activities, and resources for:

- priming students to learn at the beginning of class

- promoting higher-level thinking and creativity

- helping students master critical concepts and skills - without stress!

- class-building and team-building

Strategies are supplemented with content-specific examples and sample lesson plans. Learn how to make your classroom a seriously fun place to learn!

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What Is Serious Fun in the Classroom All About?
Chapter 2: What Does the Research Say About Serious Fun?
Chapter 3: How Does Serious Fun Fit into the 21st-Century Classroom?
Chapter 4: How Do I Bring Serious Fun into My Classroom?
Chapter 5: Seriously Fun Strategies for Getting Ready to Learn
Chapter 6: Seriously Fun Strategies for Class-Building and Team-Building
Chapter 7: Seriously Fun Strategies for Processing Content
Chapter 8: Seriously Fun Strategies for Movement
Chapter 9: Seriously Fun Strategies for Closure
Chapter 10: Seriously Fun Content-Specific Activities
Chapter 11: What Comes Next?

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"Based in sound theory and common sense, Serious Fun is an anthology full of practical ideas and strategies that will motivate even the most reluctant learner. Get started today, use these ideas to bring excitement to your classroom! Teachers will enjoy a serious fun classroom as much as their students."—John Hinton, President, Math Matters, Inc.

"This book has everything I would want to make learning enjoyable and enduring. When students have fun and are instructionally stimulated, they are self expressive critical thinkers open to new experiences. Our classrooms are transformed into powerfully engaging places where students learn 21st Century academic and social skills in a manner that is both enjoyable and enduring. This bountiful book of strategies teaches you how and is a 'must read' for all educators."—Colleen Eagan Zawadzki, retired secondary principal and international "Discipline with Dignity" trainer