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Rocket Up Your Class!: 101 high impact activities to start, end and break up lessons (Independent Thinking Series) [Kindle Edition]

Dave Keeling , Ian Gilbert
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Are you looking for a creative opening, energising middle or big finish to a lesson? then just pick out a relevant game, exercise or idea from this wonderful book and watch the fireworks go. Failing that, just leave the room as you found it and head for your local hostelry where Dawn will be waiting with a patient ear, a packet of crisps and your usual. All the ideas contained within this book have come together over ten years of experience, working with thousands of students in hundreds of schools. Some are of Dave’s own devising, some have been donated and the rest have been simply nicked under the user-friendly title of knowledge sharing, but all have been deployed with one vision in mind which is to shamelessly entertain whilst at the same time engaging young people in the creative arena in order to prove, as Socrates the Greek philosopher once stated, “Life and learning should be a festival of the mind”.

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There are so many ideas here that are guaranteed to improve the classroom atmosphere. I think absolutely every teacher will find something new and improving in this book. --Johnny Ball, Science Writer

Dave Keeling s vibrant and witty book blows a breath of fresh air up the backside of any classroom. --Matthew Gray, Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University

Dave s approach motivates all students to think and learn and doesn t simply teach to the 20% who are already motivated. --Esther Sayers, Curator for Young People s Programmes, Tate Modern

About the Author

Dave Keeling, a 6 2 , self-confessed Ginger Ninja, has been a professional actor and a stand-up educationalist (or kinaesthetic and passionate) for 10 years working the length and breadth of the country with teachers, pupils and parents.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 964 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1845901347
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing (7 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KJE1RA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Moments of brilliance....but needs editing 10 May 2010
Coming from a Secondary point of view...
I found this book quite dissapointing, there are some great ideas which are somewhat lost in the comic style of writing which may suit some people but i just found really irritating. There are also lots of ideas that seem irrelevant for most teachers (like PE games and thumb wars) or would take so long that you'd lose 2/3s of your lesson to something that doesn't achieve anything academically constructive.

There is also a lot of padding: the first 3 are "say hello", "have a drink" and "get naked" (seriously!). Some activities will also leave most people looking like an idiot, so you have to be the right kind of teacher to be able to get away with them. These ideas are placed around some real gems and this book would have benfitted from retaining the fab insightful ideas and losing the '101 activity' target.

However, some of the activities i dislike may be great in a primary classroom. In that case, some disinction should have been made between primary and secondary/both activities to make the book a bit more navigable. Overall though, this book has moments of genius and is worth buying and sifting through for that reason.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Teacher Should Have one 20 Sept. 2009
This book has been a god send and i use it regularly with my current year 7 pupils. On entry to the class there is a ten minute teaser on the board...most of which are taken from this book, and to date all activites have been a great success. This then allows me to log onto the computer, get books out etc.... whilst keeping the pupils entertained and more importantly on task and having fun!!!
I cannot rate this highly enough, a very well written and funny book...BUY IT!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Energising, fun and easy to do. 26 April 2010
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Each of the activities in the book is broken into 3 sections: when, why and how. Some are ideal for the beginning of lessons, some are great ways to energise a flagging group and some are excellent ways to help the students revise and remember as a plenary.

They're all given clear reasons as to why they'd be beneficial in the classroom which range from: 'a superb energiser which is great for concentration, hand/eye coordination, group morale and is competitive has hell' to a page full of sensible reasons that are great reminders of what teaching can be about. The 'hows' are easy to follow and most of them don't take much preparation; those that do take a bit more to organise are well worth it.

The author's humour shines through at all times and I can imagine that his students always have a great time and learn more than they realise. It's fun with a purpose - there are lots of activities that encourage whole brain thinking, taking responsibility, challenging how we think and helping them remember their work.

It's obvious that an awful lot of work has gone into gathering all these ideas together and it really is a treasure of a book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not educational 11 Feb. 2012
By Ari
The concepts in this book are ideas to break up lesson, little engerising games. They are not ideas for teaching concepts and really are ideas you can get from google.

There is little educational applicability from this book. I believe it is for Ks1 and ks2, this book is not a secondary teaching book.

If you want a book to help you teach better try something like..... Doug Lemovs books. They will helpyour students progress in a lesson and help you become a better educator. This book is not helpful in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Numeracy Teacher for 14 - 19 year olds 4 Dec. 2010
A good selection of activities to motivate and surprise a class. Some great ideas to dip in to - I'm not sure about the massage though (it could lead to a riot with my classes!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some great activites 26 Oct. 2011
By Bagpuss
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
An enjoyable resource which provides a plethora of activities that can be easily used in the classroom. Excellent to dip into and pull out an activity for the class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocket up your class!!! 14 Aug. 2010
Best little book of classroom tasks to motivate and delight a class. Have used some of these little gems and they work amazingly well. Top Marks!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocket up your class, Dave Keeling 14 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wish I had bought this book three years ago! Met Dave at a conference a while back, was impressed... still didn't buy his book. Got it now...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab ideas which I have used with good success. An invaluable tool for...
Fab ideas which I have used with good success. An invaluable tool for the classroom. Shared the ideas. Good talking points thank you
Published 4 months ago by c woosey
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for NQTs
Bought this for an NQT friend and she loves it! It's given her loads of great ideas for lessons. Would definitely recommend.
Published 6 months ago by Hannah89
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting results
I teach primary age children. All age groups love these activities. Surprising results in performance after a few days for all abilities. Read more
Published 13 months ago by AD
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling
I wish I had read the other reviews before I bought this. It was a total waste of money. Most of the ideas have no educational application or value whatsoever and are designed to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Denise Coleman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas for interesting and stimulating starters and perhaps...
Fantastic teaching ideas to break monotony for the children. Gets them thinking, discussing and sometimes moving too. Would recommend this as a teaching aid.
Published 16 months ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocket up your class
Love this book. Attended a conference by the author and he speaks exactly how he writes. Brilliant. There are plenty of ideas to follow in here
Published 23 months ago by kathryn
2.0 out of 5 stars basic ideas that may or may not work in the classroom
Some basic ideas, which I find may not work in the classroom for me. The ideas tend to be spread out over a lot of pages when the idea could be expressed in one sentence.
Published on 1 Mar. 2013 by Mr. P. A. James
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful!
Geared towards secondary aged pupils mainly but lots can be adapted. I like his style of writing and teaching and really enjoy trying out his suggestions.
Published on 1 Feb. 2013 by SuzanneLS
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Brilliant, irreverent, important, full of love. A breath of fresh air. Not perfect but close! Every teacher should read this.
Published on 17 Jan. 2013 by sue
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
I bought this book looking for some new ideas to try with my classes. I wish I hadn't. What a waste of money! Read more
Published on 20 Aug. 2012 by D S
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