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Active Learning

40 Teaching Methods to Engage Students in Every Class and Every Subject, Grades 6-12

By: Barry Gilmore, Gravity Goldberg

Whether tweaking your existing strategies or finding new moves to quickly become your own, this is your go-to guide for designing active and engaging learning experiences for students.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071915875
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
  • Year: 2023
  • Page Count: 256
  • Publication date: June 06, 2023

Price: $29.95

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Tried and true teaching strategies to boost student engagement.

Students need to be actively engaged to learn—intellectually curious, physically active, and emotionally involved in collaborative work that builds their capacity for empathy. What can teachers do to instill these elements in the classroom?

Active Learning: 40 Teaching Methods To Engage Students In Every Class and Every Subject is the actionable tool every new and veteran teacher needs to construct dynamic learning experiences for students. This hands-on, easy-to-use guide features 40 carefully curated, high-impact teaching strategies that target learning tools, collaboration structures, reading and writing routines, assessment opportunities and more. It includes:

  • Step-by-step teaching strategies that can be mastered quickly and implemented in any order
  • Tools to help teachers identify the most pressing classroom needs and determine which methods to try first
  • Nine instructional structures including essential questions, strategy groups, stations, and simulations
  • Real-world examples, tips, templates, and other supportive resources that offer guidance for each method, identify common challenges, and detail next steps

Whether tweaking your existing strategies or finding new moves that will quickly become your own, this is your go-to guide for designing active, engaging learning experiences for students.

Key features

    • 40 high-impact strategies that every teacher can master quickly and use right away
    •   Visual format for easy reading on-the-go
    •  Space for writing and reflection throughout the book
    •  A “Heads Up” section for every strategy so that new teachers know what to watch out for
    •  Boxed features such as quotes, student work, examples, photos, research notes, and other helpful resources
    •  Reflection questions at the end of each chapter for collaborative planning and study


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Barry Gilmore

Barry Gilmore is the Middle School Head at Hutchison School in Memphis, Tennessee. A National Board Certified Teacher, he taught English and social studies for nearly twenty years. Barry is the author of six literacy books and former president of the Tennessee Council of Teachers of English. Awards for his teaching have come from NCTE, TCTE, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Tennessee Holocaust Commission.

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Gravity Goldberg

Gravity Goldberg is an international educational consultant and author of five other books on teaching. Mindsets & Moves (Corwin Literacy, 2015) put her on the world stage with its practical ways to cultivate student agency, leading to speaking engagements and foreign translations of her work. She has almost 20 years of teaching experience, including positions as a science teacher, reading specialist, third grade teacher, special educator, literacy coach, staff developer, assistant professor, educational consultant, and yoga teacher. Gravity holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from Boston College and a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently serves as a coach for Seth Godin's altMBA and is the founding director of Gravity Goldberg, LLC, a team that provides side-by-side coaching for teachers.