Serious Fun: Practical Strategies to Motivate and Engage Students

By Carolyn Hirst-Loucks, Kim Loucks

Routledge – 2013 – 160 pages

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Discover how to improve student engagement, foster collaboration, and boost achievement with the power of fun. This book provides dozens of instructional strategies that can be implemented immediately into any classroom to increase student motivation and foster love of learning. Backed up with brain-based research, you can use these techniques, activities, and resources for: – priming students to learn at the beginning of class – promoting higher-level thinking and creativity – helping students master critical concepts and skills – without stress! – class-building and team-building Strategies are supplemented with content-specific examples and sample lesson plans. Learn how to make your classroom a seriously fun place to learn!
Chapter 1: What Is Serious Fun in the Classroom All About?

Chapter 2: What Does the Research Say About Serious Fun?

Chapter 3: How Does Serious Fun Fit into the 21st-Century Classroom?

Chapter 4: How Do I Bring Serious Fun into My Classroom?

Chapter 5: Seriously Fun Strategies for Getting Ready to Learn

Chapter 6: Seriously Fun Strategies for Class-Building and Team-Building

Chapter 7: Seriously Fun Strategies for Processing Content

Chapter 8: Seriously Fun Strategies for Movement

Chapter 9: Seriously Fun Strategies for Closure

Chapter 10: Seriously Fun Content-Specific Activities

Chapter 11: What Comes Next?

1. Educational Psychology

2. Middle School Education

3. Teaching & Learning