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High-Five Teaching, K–5
Using Green Light Strategies to Create Dynamic, Student-Focused Classrooms

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August 2010 | 208 pages | Corwin

"The ideas in this book make learning come alive in your classroom. The authors present activities that any teacher can implement."
—Linda K. Taylor, Assistant Professor, Ball State University

"With this book, teachers can truly discover what it takes to reach and empower every learner. High-Five Teaching is replete with specific examples and fun suggestions any teacher can use in today's classroom."
—Renee Peoples, Teacher Leader, Swain West Elementary, Bryson City, NC

Transform your classroom into a dynamic learning environment for all students!

This exciting new volume shows elementary teachers how to put into practice the principles described in Rich Allen's book Green Light Classrooms. Drawing from Cindy Rickert's real-life experiences as a teacher creating Green Light inclusive classrooms, the authors offer a wealth of practical tips, examples, and ideas for involving students in active learning rather than traditional "chalk and talk" instruction.

Readers will acquire implementation strategies to increase student interaction and motivation and ultimately improve achievement. In tune with the way today's digitally savvy students learn best, this book offers:

  • Five principles of high-five teaching that ensure a welcoming, active, and student-centered learning environment
  • Detailed sample lesson plans in math, science, reading, writing, and social studies
  • Case studies, technology connections, and ways to create true learning communities
  • An appendix of sample forms, games, and other essential classroom resources

Designed specifically to engage today's students, this guide offers tools and strategies to inspire best practices in every classroom.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About The Authors
 
Introduction
 
Principle 1. True Learning Communities: Students Taking Responsibility
 
Principle 2. Optimum Learning Conditions: Creating Safety and Security
 
Principle 3. Teaching to the Moment: Working Within Their World
 
Principle 4. Learning Beyond Listening: Linking Action and Understanding
 
Principle 5. The Learning Spiral: Building Success on Success
 
Chapter 6. Five-by-Five: Setting the Stage for Student Success
 
Chapter 7. High-Five Lesson Sets: Combining Green Light Strategies and High Five Principles Into Dynamic Lessons
 
Chapter 8. The High-Five Toolkit
 
Chapter 9. A Final Note
 
Endnotes
 
References
 
Index

“The ideas in this book make learning come alive in your classroom. The authors present ideas and activities that almost any teacher could implement with few questions or problems. I have not seen anything like this!”

Linda K. Taylor, Assistant Professor
Ball State University

“Every teacher who is ready to move beyond ‘this is how it was taught to me’ and step into the future of how 21st-century students learn needs to read this book. With this book, teachers can truly discover what it takes to reach and empower every learner. High-Five Teaching is replete with specific examples and suggestions any teacher can use as exciting and fun ideas that work for today’s students."

Renee Peoples, Teacher Leader
Swain West Elementary, Bryson City, NC

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