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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845901347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845901349
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. M. Franks on 20 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By F. Nicholaides on 10 May 2010
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ari on 11 Feb. 2012
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gingham Ribbon on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bagpuss on 26 Oct. 2011
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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 By Happy Customer on 4 Dec. 2010
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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 By Snick2009 on 14 Aug. 2010
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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 By Mr Moorman on 14 May 2013
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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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