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Sparking Student Synapses, Grades 9–12
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Sparking Student Synapses, Grades 9–12
Think Critically and Accelerate Learning



October 2011 | 168 pages | Corwin

Engaging methods for teaching 21st-century skills

Today's students must be more than good test takers. They must be able to collaborate, innovate, and think critically to solve real-world problems. As content demands increase, how can teachers make time to teach these advanced skills? Sparking Student Synapses, Grades 9–12 describes how master teacher Nigel Scozzi used Rich Allen's Green Light strategies to teach content in a memorable and efficient way. Backed by research, this practical guide provides secondary teachers with tried and trusted lesson plans, in multiple subject that:

  • Engage students
  • Accelerate learning
  • Encourage critical thinking
  • Improve test results

When you apply the book's effective strategies, your students will learn to make appropriate judgments based on the evidence available, understand relationships between ideas, evaluate content validity, and reflect upon their values. Changing the way you teach may be daunting, but the results are worth it—improved student engagement and behavior, better test results, and a rewarding reminder of why you became a teacher!

 
Foreword: The Story of Nigel
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Authors
 
1. The Rise of Critical Thinking
 
2. The Process
 
3. Translation Techniques
 
4. Demonstration Lessons
 
5. Putting Power Into the Delivery
 
Authors' Final Note
 
References
 
Index

"What I love about this book is that the fundamental idea is that critical thinking is essential, and you need to have something in your head about which to think critically. It then clearly and step-by-step explains how teachers can do this. If I were to give a gift basket of the top five books every educator should have, I would include this one."

Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T.
Gifted Youth Specialist, Mensa Foundation

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