A powerful instructional method for "hooking" students on academic learning
Drawing from a teaching model designed to banish boredom and student apathy, this book explains how dramatic practices can serve as powerful tools for enlivening lessons and captivating students, even the most resistant learners. Filled with intriguing classroom examples, Pogrow shows how any teacher can make use of dramatic techniques, such as surprise, humor, fantasy, role plays, games, and simulations to create standards-based content lessons that are riveting, effective, and meaningful. The author explains how to design such lessons into any content area.
Stanley Pogrow (San Francisco, CA), a noted authority on teaching practices for disadvantaged students, is professor of educational leadership at San Francisco State University, where he coordinates the Educational Leadership for Equity Program.
Table of Contents
About This Book
About the Author
One Why Teach Outrageously in All the Content Areas?
Two Perspectives on Dramatizing Content Instruction
Three From Discipline to Outrageous Teaching: Classroom Use of Dramatic Techniques
Four How to Design Outrageous Lessons: Essential Steps
Five Outrageous Lessons: Examples from the Classroom
Six Suspense and Surprise: Why Outrageous Lessons Work
Seven Getting Started
Eight So…Let's Do It!
Appendix A The Origins of Drama
Appendix B Games and Quizzes—Selected Resources
Appendix C Simulation Units—Selected Resources
Appendix D Lesson Plans for the Sample Lessons
Appendix E Teaching Outrageously in the Early Grades