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Classroom Activators

Classroom Activators
More Than 100 Ways to Energize Learners

Second Edition

October 2008 | 152 pages | Corwin
This handy guide puts a new twist on your teaching and training practices and shows how you can stimulate and invigorate learners through state-changing activities engaging techniques to help refocus the brain and create a receptive state of mind that enhances learning. Each section presents specific state-changing activities and the brain research behind them. While the strategies are geared for secondary classrooms, all can be adapted across grade levels. Classroom Activators illustrates how simple changes in delivering instruction or designing the classroom environment can help capture student interest and keep learners focused. The author examines state-changing activities within four categories: Energizing the Environment: examines ways to keep the learning environment fresh Getting Your Students' Attention: offers ideas to help students focus on the task at hand Energizing Your Students: presents techniques to use when the students may need a to refocus attention in the middle of a lesson Building Teams and Community: includes activities for community building, team building, and rapport building
About the Author
Brain Research and the Classroom

Using This Book

How and When to Use These Activities

1. Energize the Environment
The Right Stuff


The Sense of Smell

The Effect of Ions

Musical Moments

Varying Your Instruction

Novelty and Surprise

Theme Days

To Get Volunteers

Visual Context

2. Get Your Students’ Attention
State of the Class



Hands and Arms


Cross Laterals

Heavy Jobs

Novel Movements

3. Energize Your Students
Getting Into Groups

Random Groupings

Get Students Up and Moving

Circle Games

Circadian Rhythm


Pre-Writing Activities

A Leg Up

Gross Motor



4. Build Teams and Community
Getting To Know You

Contemporary Variations

Group Challenges

Just for Fun


"A wonderful compilation of practical exercises and strategies designed to get and keep students’ interest and attention. Evanski shows how teachers can make their classrooms stimulating places of learning and offers specific ways of gaining the attention of even highly distractible students."

Allen Mendler, Educational Consultant
Teacher Learning Center

"Evanski does a wonderful job of boiling brain research down to effective and practical strategies that work for master and rookie teachers alike. The ideas in this book have helped me spice up my lessons and create a successful learning community."

Brent Vasicek, Fourth-Grade Teacher
Miami Elementary School, Clinton Township, MI

"Chock full of great ideas and easy to use! Whether you are a novice teacher or an established pro, there is a great deal of worthwhile information in this book. It’s obvious that the author has spent most of his life in the classroom. The strategies he offers meet the needs of any teacher."

Al Diver, Principal
Grosse Pointe South High School, MI

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1 excerpt

For instructors

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