The author includes career anecdotes and
research studies that greatly enhance student engagement.
Easy to adapt activities applicable at any
point in the school year.
Written by a nationally recognized educator. more...
Reading, writing, projects, teams, leadership,
vestibular, dopamine, novelty, and much more.
*Very impressive work.Solidly based with research studies yet
exceptionally well-written in an easy to read, conversational style. It is an
excellent book, thoughtful, thought-provoking.
Sylwester, Professor Emeritus Educational Psychology, The University of
**This is quite developed. I
love the stories of success in the classroom with this innovative teaching
style, followed up with basic or applied science that justifies the
highlighted pedagogy. Very
exciting and well-produced. It's fascinating that good learning goes hand in
hand with "pleasure." All the more relevant this notion is
for youth. This puritanical idea that learning should be hard, harsh,
and unenjoyable is surely outmoded.
Topitzes, Associate Professor Social Work, University of Wisconsin -
Cited in book
Students must be clearly and unequivocally
on their own to govern themselves and pursue the task in the way that they see
fit. This helps students become autonomous, articulate, and socially and
intellectually mature and results in a social process of inquiry.
Kenneth Bruffee, Professor of
English and Director of the Scholars Program and the Honors Academy at Brooklyn
Teens ascribe happiness to their moods when
they are in situations of relative freedom, in the company of age-mates, able
to engage in ﬂow activities that stretch their skills and makes them feel alive
Professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate
University Jeremy Hunter, Executive Mind
Leadership Institute Claremont Graduate University
The brain is responding differently to the
outside world in teenagers compared to adults. And in particular, with
emotional information, the teenager's brain may be responding with more of a
gut reaction than an executive or more thinking kind of response. And if that's
the case, then one of the things that you expect is that you'll have more of an
impulsive behavioral response, instead of a necessarily thoughtful or measured
kind of response.
Professor of Psychiatry University of Utah
would ring and they would come running into the room; teams of four run to the
wall and put up their scrub boards on the wall; have a short meeting. What did
we do yesterday? What will we do today? They run to the desk and start to work.
The teacher is just standing there saying nothing. The enthusiasm of these kids
was so overwhelming. I'm standing there with other teachers who are crying. The
kids say it's faster learning, better grades, they finish weeks early, they
have more fun; the motivation problems go away; the disciplinary problems go
away; the team executes self-discipline.
Jeff Sutherland, software developer and author
Brian Pack is The United States Department of Education Presidential Scholar
Teacher and The Siemens Foundation Advanced Placement Teacher of the Year. Read
more about him.