Classrooms that Spark!: Recharge and Revive Your Teaching

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 2, 2010 - Education - 352 pages
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Guide for teachers to keep the fires of learning burning bright year after year

No matter how long they've been teaching all teachers need new ideas to keep their classrooms organized, their students engaged and motivated, and their lesson plans sharp. This second edition of the winner of the 2006 Teacher's Choice Award, offers invaluable guidance on major topics such as organization, student engagement, assessment, creating great lesson plans, teaching with technology, and classroom management and discipline.

  • Written by two compassionate veteran teachers
  • Contains more than 100 reproducible forms
  • Offers classroom tested organizing tips, lesson plans, and assessments
  • Includes suggestion for motivating students and ideas for motivating parents

This is the ultimate guide for teachers who want to maintain their passion for teaching.


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Chapter 1 Preparations
CreatingaBalanced Classroom Environment
Chapter 3
Making Connections
Rethinking Assessment
Great Beginnings
Student Supplies First DayOpening ActivityIdeas
Literature Circles Reading Groups
Web SiteResources Chapter 9 Recharging YourMath Lessons
Parents as Partners
The ProfessionalTeacher
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About the author (2010)

Emma S. McDonald and Dyan M. Hershman are veteran classroom teachers and founders of Inspiring Teachers. They are active educational consultants who mentor teachers around the world and lead workshops on various topics including classroom management and discipline, student motivation, the brain-based classroom, and new-teacher orientation and induction.

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