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The Effective Teacher's Guide
50 Ways to Engage Students and Promote Interactive Learning

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ISBN 9781606239711
Published November 23, 2010 by Guilford Press
159 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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

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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.


"If you have a passion for teaching but need practical suggestions for organizing your classroom, establishing routines, and motivating your students, look no further. This book offers proven solutions to common problems that nearly all beginning teachers find challenging. The second edition is more efficiently organized and features a revised set of 50 research-based strategies. You’ll appreciate how Frey’s tips are clearly explained, concise, and ready to be implemented right away. First-year teachers as well as teachers-in-training can’t afford to miss these basics of effective teaching!"--Drew Tuck, fourth-grade teacher, Keshequa Elementary School, Dalton, New York
"This book is a 'must' for beginning teachers.  Having 50 engagement strategies at their fingertips will help new teachers improve their classroom management. When students are engaged, many discipline problems disappear. I especially like the discussion of bullying, which provides concrete ways to prevent the verbal aggression so often found in our schools."--Deborah Dowler, MA, Coordinator, Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment, Tustin Unified School District, Tustin, CA
"Frey fluidly and masterfully addresses teachers' two greatest concerns: classroom management and student engagement. This relevant, practical book should clearly be in the personal library of every teacher, from novice to veteran. Frey addresses challenging topics such as bullying and de-escalating problem behavior. She shares innovative ways to foster collaboration between peer partners and offers tips to engage students in reading. Teachers will surely pull this book off the shelf on a regular basis throughout the school year."--Maria Grant, EdD, Department of Secondary Education, California State University, Fullerton