Sparking Student Synapses, Grades 9–12
Think Critically and Accelerate Learning
- Rich Allen - City University, Hong Kong
- Nigel Scozzi
Secondary General Methods
Engaging methods for teaching 21st-century skills
Today's students must be more than good test takers. They must be able to collaborate, innovate, and think critically to solve real-world problems. As content demands increase, how can teachers make time to teach these advanced skills? Sparking Student Synapses, Grades 9–12 describes how master teacher Nigel Scozzi used Rich Allen's Green Light strategies to teach content in a memorable and efficient way. Backed by research, this practical guide provides secondary teachers with tried and trusted lesson plans, in multiple subject that:
- Engage students
- Accelerate learning
- Encourage critical thinking
- Improve test results
When you apply the book's effective strategies, your students will learn to make appropriate judgments based on the evidence available, understand relationships between ideas, evaluate content validity, and reflect upon their values. Changing the way you teach may be daunting, but the results are worth it—improved student engagement and behavior, better test results, and a rewarding reminder of why you became a teacher!
"What I love about this book is that the fundamental idea is that critical thinking is essential, and you need to have something in your head about which to think critically. It then clearly and step-by-step explains how teachers can do this. If I were to give a gift basket of the top five books every educator should have, I would include this one."
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: The Rise of Critical Thinking