Students Taking Charge in Grades K-5: Inside the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom, 2nd Edition (Hardback) book cover

Students Taking Charge in Grades K-5

Inside the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom, 2nd Edition

By Nancy Sulla


276 pages | 52 B/W Illus.

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Discover how to design innovative learning environments that increase student ownership so they can achieve at high levels and meet rigorous standards. Students Taking Charge shows you how to create student-driven classrooms that empower learners through problem-based learning and differentiation, where students pose questions and actively seek answers. Technology is then used seamlessly throughout the day for information, communication, collaboration, and product generation.

You’ll find out how to:

  • Design an Authentic Learning Unit, which is at the core of the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom, aimed at engaging students;
  • Understand the structures needed to support its implementation and empower students;
  • Build the facilitation strategies that will move students from engagement to empowerment to efficacy.

This new K–5 edition offers a more detailed look into elementary school implementation. With the book’s practical examples and step-by-step guidelines, you’ll be able to start designing your innovative classroom immediately!

Table of Contents


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Meet the Author


1: The Why for Your Instructional Design Journey

2: Engaging Students Through a Core Problem to Solve

3: Engaging Students Through Clearly Articulated Expectations

4: Engaging Students Through Differentiated Learning Activities

5: Empowering Students to Take Responsibility for Their Learning

6: Promoting Efficacy Through Facilitation of Learning

7: Physical Classroom Design

8: Principles and Paradigm Shifts

9: Special Considerations

Appendix A: Designer Pizza

Appendix B: Butterfly Garden

Appendix C: Using Numbers and Words to Feed Others

Appendix D: Can a Frog, Turtle, and Fish Help Us?

Appendix E: The Places We Can Go - A

Appendix F: The Places We Can Go - B

Appendix G: A Place For Robots

Appendix H: Rubric to Assess a BML

Appendix I: Learning Styles Readiness Grid

Appendix J: GSRs


About the Author

Nancy Sulla is an author, national speaker, and thought leader in transforming learning environments to build student engagement, empowerment, and efficacy. As the creator of the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom™ and founder of IDE Corp. (Innovative Designs for Education), Dr. Sulla leads her educational consulting firm in the pursuit of equity-focused instructional design, positioning students to change the world. Learn more at

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Students & Student Life
EDUCATION / Teacher & Student Mentoring