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The Active Teacher

The Active Teacher
Practical Strategies for Maximizing Teacher Effectiveness

Edited by:
  • Ron Nash - Ron Nash and Associates, LLC

June 2009 | 152 pages | Corwin

"Ron Nash brings the voice of reason and sanity to the field of education. With his clear, big-picture vision and his emphasis on routines, rules, and relationships, these practical and well-written ideas will help new teachers and veterans alike build connections with students and fellow staff members, keep their students engaged and involved in their own learning, and help them maintain their passion for teaching."
—Jane Bluestein, Educational Consultant
Author, The Win-Win Classroom

Master proactive teaching skills that motivate students to learn!

Engaging and inspiring students is central to effective teaching, but it can also be a teacher's greatest challenge. Written by nationally known teacher coach Ron Nash, this thought-provoking book shows how educators can build a partnership with their students and bring their teaching skills to a new level of excellence.

Drawing on his 30 years' experience in teaching and staff development, Nash outlines a holistic approach to effective teaching, based on skillful planning and proven techniques for classroom management and facilitation. Emphasizing the "three Rs"—routines, rules, and relationships—Nash helps teachers lead students in a clear, consistent manner that wins their trust and develops their personal responsibility. Readers will find guidance on:

  • Creating and sustaining a classroom community that promotes respect and achievement
  • Fully involving students in learning while addressing a wide range of cognitive styles
  • Collaborating with students, colleagues, and parents
  • Using feedback and assessment to develop professionally and improve students' academic performance

Discover a wealth of valuable strategies and activities that enhance both teaching and learning!

Foreword by Fredric H. Jones, PhD
About the Author
1. Positioning First Things First
2. Investing in Sustainable Relationships
3. Getting a Handle on Self-Control
4. Shifting Students From Passive to Active
5. Harnessing the Power of Feedback
6. Balancing Formative and Summative Assessment
7. Enlisting Investment Partners
8. Ramping Up Relevance
Key features
Author of the highly sought after book, The Active Classroom,  Ron Nash has written the companion piece, The Active Teacher: Planning and Managing the Classroom Process.

Based on the author's more than 30 years of teaching experience, this new book:
  • Focuses on the teacher's interpersonal and classroom management skills 
  • Provides techniques for establishing rapport and building relationships among classmates
  • Offers practical, proven strategies for improving presentation and process facilitation skills
  • Provides a wealth of valuable strategies and activities for enhancing teaching and learning
  • Explains the relevance of teaching ideals and demonstrates practical ways for putting them into action in the classroom 
  • Utilizes meta-analyses of books and journal articles

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

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