Instructional Strategies Matrix About the Authors Acknowledgments Preface Chapter 1: Hooking Them In: Powerful Strategies for Opening a Lesson Chapter 2: Keep Calm and Question On: Creating Quality Questions for Critical Thinking Chapter 3: Let Them Talk: Structuring Academic Conversations and Effective Communication Chapter 4: Two Heads are Better than One: Strategies for Effective Collaboration Chapter 5: Get Moving: Embedding Purposeful Movement into Instruction Chapter 6: Make it Stick: Powerful Strategies for Closing a Lesson and Providing Reflection Resources: Strategy Templates References Index
Denise White taught on both the elementary and secondary levels for many years before working with adults in an instructional coaching capacity. She is currently working with teachers around the country as an education consultant. Denise lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband and twin sons and can often be spotted riding her pink bike by the river. Alisa H. Braddy is a former primary, elementary, and high school teacher with over two decades of teaching experience. Alisa was a literacy specialist and instructional coach before she left to dedicate her full-time attention to educational consulting. She makes her home in Florence, South Carolina with her husband, son, and a whole zoo full of animals.
"This book provides tools and strategies that will help
educators become more reflective of their teaching practices while
helping students take control of their learning." -- Ellen
"These two ladies are truly "teachers' teachers" and have gifted the profession with a plethora of proven, research-based strategies to make learning more powerful and teaching more fun! The book is arranged in a way that it can be read as a whole or used as a quick and easy resource to improve instruction in a certain area. Strategies are presented in an easy-to-follow format, and suggestions for use in different content areas and for a variety of ages are given. This book is beneficial for individual teacher use or could be incorporated into small group or whole staff professional development. It is obvious that Braddy and White have experience with learners of all ages, including teachers. This is a valuable resource to make even the best teacher better!" -- Ellen Auchenpaugh, Academic Coach
"In today's age of instant gratification and the fast-paced
world of information overload, this is the exact book that
teachers, administrators, and university professors need to create
a learning environment that fosters high levels of engagement and
culture-building in one's classroom, school, or district. Alisa and
Denise, master teachers and coaches, hit the nail on the head with
their first book, which provides ready-to-use strategies that build
a classroom of highly engaged learners.
What makes their book unique is not only the vignettes that
are created for each chapter, but also the "Why it Works" section.
The brain is a pattern-seeking device, and when we can place
meaning in why we do what we do, we are able to better preserve the
integrity, intentionality, and fidelity of the strategy. Educators
have to engage students in developing episodic memories that
enhance the learning to move it from short- to long-term
I've highlighted, sticky-noted, and written in every margin
my own ideas and suggestions for my university classes and
presentations at a recent principal conference, and even shared
them with my wife, who is a high school administrator. This is more
than a handbook-it's a life-changing teacher resource for the new
or skilled teacher. As you lesson plan, keep this text beside you
to enhance your ability to have students dig deeper in the content,
push and support them to develop analytic thinking, and, most
important, prepare them for tomorrow's world.
The only professional support that is better than Ready-to-Go Instructional Strategies That Build Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking is to have Denise and Alisa in your own classroom or school coaching you. Trust me. I know."-- Dr. Adam D. Drummond, Educational Consultant
"This book is a dream come true for educators-teachers,
instructional coaches, and administrators! It is an all-in-one
resource filled with tools that engage learners at all levels and
with diverse learning styles.
It is so user-friendly and organized just like a lesson for easy implementation of new strategies. Chapter 1 begins with hooking the learners through anticipatory set and continues unraveling many strategies while providing reflection and ways to increase the rigor of instruction and student learning. Collaboration, critical thinking, and communication drive the instructional strategies that create student-centered learning. The final chapter focuses on engaging lesson closure with strategies that drive home and affirm the learning.
This is truly a masterpiece that builds the educator's toolbox with ready-to-use strategies! The entire book or selected portions can easily be used for professional development or while coaching teachers in student-centered instruction.
-- Janet M. Fickling, Principal
Denise and Alisa have utilized their personal classroom experiences as well as sound research in crafting this resource. Ready-to-Go Instructional Strategies That Build Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking provides a plethora of 21st Century best teaching practices!"
"Never in my professional reading have I found a book to be so practically written and useful! Although the strategies are all based in research, you never feel talked down to or confused. Actually, it's the opposite, you can almost feel Braddy and White's presence, as if they are right there, speaking to you, giving suggestions that will have immediate impact."-- Sarah Hadden, Director of Curriculum & Technology