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.
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.
I. Five Rules for Engagement and Interaction1. Organize Your Instruction through Gradual Release of Responsibility2. Active Engagement Is Multileveled: Group-Partner-Individual3. Instruction Is Interactive: Say-Write-Do4. Students Help Each Other: Tell-Help-Check5. Students Learn from Each Other: Think-Pair-ShareII. Engaging Students through Classroom Procedures 6. Creating a Classroom Management Plan7. Creating and Teaching Classroom Rules8. Responding to Problem Behaviors9. Deescalating Problem Behaviors with Voluntary Removal10. Crumple Doll11. Responding to Bullying12. Fostering Problem Solving among Students13. Room Arrangement14. Taking Attendance15. What to Do When a Student Returns from an AbsenceIII. Engaging Students through Organization 16. Posting a Daily Schedule17. Signaling the Class18. Monitoring Noise Level 19. Teaching Students to Manage Their Time20. Distributing and Collecting Materials21. Calling on Students22. Organizing Materials23. Assignment Headings24. Teaching Students How to Request Help25. Managing the Technology in Your Classroom26. Establishing and Maintaining a Course WebsiteIV. Engaging Students through Peer Partners 27. Establishing Peer Partners28. Peer Partners Role 1: Response Partners29. Peer Partners Role 2: Reading Partners30. Peer Partners Role 3: On-Task Partners31. Peer Partners Role 4: Assignment Partners32. Peer Partners Role 5: Collaborative Partners33. Grouping Students Efficiently V. Engaging Students for Learning 34. Interest Surveys35. Bellwork36. RAFT (Role-Audience-Format-Topic)37. Community Surveys38. Human Graphs39. Establishing Purpose40. Vocabulary Routines41. Whip Around42. Response Cards43. Walking Review44. Jigsaws45. Self-Corrected Spelling46. Power Writing to Build FluencyVI. Engaging Students through Reading47. Choral Reading48. Cloze Reading49. Read-Around50. Rapid Retrieval of Information