Teaching in the Fast Lane: How to Create Active Learning Experiences

Teaching in the Fast Lane: How to Create Active Learning Experiences

by Suzy Pepper Rollins


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Teaching in the Fast Lane offers teachers a way to increase student engagement: an active classroom. The active classroom is about creating learning experiences differently, so that students engage in exploration of the content and take on a good share of the responsibility for their own learning. It's about students reach­ing explicit targets in different ways, which can result in increased student effort and a higher quality of work.

Author Suzy Pepper Rollins details how to design, manage, and maintain an active classroom that balances autonomy and structure. She offers student-cen­tered, practical strategies on sorting, station teaching, and cooperative learning that will help teachers build on students' intellectual curiosity, self-efficacy, and sense of purpose.

Using the strategies in this book, teachers can strategically "let go" in ways that enable students to reach their learning targets, achieve more, be motivated to work, learn to collaborate, and experience a real sense of accomplishment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416623380
Publisher: ASCD
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Pages: 130
Sales rank: 299,013
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents



1. Why Active Learning Matters

2. Mapping Out Where Students Will Go: Our Work Begins

3. Designing Active Learning: What's in Your Lesson Plans?

4. The Wonderful World of Sorts

5. Stations: Something for Everyone

6. Cooperative Learning: More Than Pushing Desks Together

7. Whose Learning Is This, Anyway?

8. Barriers and Big Picture



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