The Joyful Classroom

Practical Ways to Engage and Challenge Elementary Students

Light the spark of learning in your students! Teachers know it instinctively, research bears it out: students learn more, and with more joy, when offered intriguing lessons that connect with their lives and interests while challenging them to stretch and grow.


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In this book, you’ll find lesson plans, clear directions, planning guides, and practical strategies for creating active, interactive, relevant, and exciting lessons.

You’ll learn to:

  • Partner and group students for optimal learning
  • Use interactive learning structures to get students up and moving while supporting purposeful learning
  • Meet rigorous learning goals while incorporating acting, drawing, and debating into daily lessons
  • Use the three-part lesson structure of opening, body, and closing
  • Infuse lessons with choices to increase students’ ownership of their learning
  • Incorporate self-assessment tools to help students monitor and evaluate their work and identify ways to improve their learning


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Copyright ©2016 Center for Responsive Schools, Inc
Item #: 351-BKS-CRSE
Length: 208 pages
ISBN: 978-1892989-83-3