The Joyful Classroom

Practical Ways to Engage and Challenge Elementary Students


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Teachers know it instinctively, research bears it out: students learn more—and with more joy—when academics connect with their lives and interests while challenging them to stretch and grow.

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


Download and print planning guides (PDF)

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

1 review for The Joyful Classroom

  1. Kelly Merrick

    This book is refreshing and inspiring to read. I will keep it as a reference guide as I’m teaching this upcoming school year. This book is full of valuable information that informs the reader not only how to teach in engaging ways but also how to build a community of learners who respect one another.

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