Rocket Up Your Class: 101 high impact activities to start, end and break up lessons: 101 High Impact Activities to Start, Break and End Lessons (The Independent Thinking Series) Paperback – 28 May 2009
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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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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.
I cannot rate this highly enough, a very well written and funny book...BUY IT!!
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.
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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