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Nov 20, 2013
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cover w ribbons cropped 3Featuring concrete, hands-on activities, Activators: Classroom Strategies for Engaging Middle and High School Students makes a great gift for the teachers in your life!

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Suitable for educators of all experience levels, Activators offers a deep dive into strategies that incorporate individual think time with purposeful social interaction to increase emotional, cognitive, and behavioral engagement in learning. Teachers will have powerful new tools at hand for review, interaction, and formative assessment—and they will see an immediate impact on students’ engagement and ability to learn.

All Activators share two key components: individual think time and purposeful social interaction, which support students to develop quality responses to content and ideas while engaging with peers. Authors Nicole Frazier and Donna Mehle offer detailed facilitation tips for over twenty Activators, providing a clear understanding of what they are and how they work in specific settings. Content area examples for English-Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages accompany each Activator. The ELA and Math content examples are aligned to Common Core Content Standards for grades 6-12.

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Here’s what teachers are saying about Activators:

I’m a teacher who’s gone through a lot of different resources trying to find one that concisely sums up how to get students REALLY engaged with the content, with their own thinking, and with each other. Mehle and Frazier do a great job explaining how to facilitate the different activators and give real, concrete examples for different content areas. The organization and layout of the book makes it an easy resource to reference. You can find examples for your specific content area with ease. The authors clearly describe what teacher prep is needed, how to set up the activator, how to model, practice, and assess the activator, and the best part – they also offer troubleshooting tips and extensions. Great book.     ─ Jeff M. Finn, English Language Arts teacher, West High School, Iowa City, Iowa

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Activators is an essential resource for educators who are committed to harnessing the power of engagement in the service of student learning, and it’s the best gift you can give to a teacher. Visit ESR’s online store or call us at 800-370-2515, x33.

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Now available: Activators!

Aug 27, 2013
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Activators Cover ESR announces the publication of Activators: Classroom Strategies for Engaging Middle and High School Students,  a deep dive into a core teaching practice that incorporates individual think time with purposeful social interaction to increase emotional, cognitive, and behavioral engagement in learning. Featuring concrete, hands-on activities that can be completed efficiently, Activators help to:

  • Increase engagement in learning
  • Support a well-paced lesson
  • Generate connections to prior knowledge
  • Provide students with opportunities to practice skills and deepen understandings
  • Create a high-performing community of learners
  • Support formative assessment

Educators can use Activators at any point during a unit, lesson, or topic when teachers want to invite and include all students’ voices and participation. Although Activators have different formats, they all share two key components: individual think time and purposeful social interaction, which support students to develop quality responses to content and ideas while engaging with peers. Authors Nicole Frazier and Donna Mehle, who are veteran educators and ESR trainers, offer detailed facilitation tips for each Activator that are critical for fostering the conditions necessary for engagement in learning.

Each chapter provides a concentrated look into each Activator that offers a clear understanding of what it is and how it works in specific settings. Content area examples for English-language arts, math, science, social studies, and world languages accompany each Activator; the ELA and math content examples are aligned to Common Core Content Standards for grades 6-12.

Frazier and Mehle created Activators with careful attention to the latest research on the most effective ways to foster engagement among adolescent learners. They were motivated to write Activators to share this powerful core practice more widely. They note, “In our 25+ combined years of teaching experience as well as our work as educational consultants who support middle and secondary teachers around the country, we’ve witnessed up close the ways in which these activator formats ignite students’ attention and interest, maximize participation and drive well-paced lessons that deepen learning in meaningful ways.”

Activators is an essential resource for educators who are committed to harnessing the power of engagement in the service of student learning. Click here to learn more about Activators.

Activators: Classroom Strategies for Engaging Middle and High School Students is priced at $27.00. For more information, including bulk sales discounts, contact Denise Wolk at 800-370-2515 ext. 20, or dwolk [at] esrnational.org.