The Effective Teacher's Guide

Second Edition
50 Ways to Engage Students and Promote Interactive Learning

Nancy Frey

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This popular guide offers a wealth of innovative, research-based strategies for making K–12 classrooms the best learning environments they can be. Easy-to-implement best practices are presented for establishing a classroom management plan, organizing procedures and materials, building a respectful community, fostering peer collaboration, and engaging students in interactive learning. Each of the 50 strategies includes step-by-step instructions, the amount of time needed to implement, and the recommended grade level. In a large-size format for easy photocopying, the book features ready-to-use reproducibles.

This title is part of the Teaching Practices That Work Series, edited by Diane Lapp and Douglas Fisher.

“If you have a passion for teaching but need practical suggestions for organizing your classroom, establishing routines, and motivating your students, look no further. This book offers proven solutions to common problems that nearly all beginning teachers find challenging. The second edition is more efficiently organized and features a revised set of 50 research-based strategies. You’ll appreciate how Frey’s tips are clearly explained, concise, and ready to be implemented right away. First-year teachers as well as teachers-in-training can’t afford to miss these basics of effective teaching!”

—Drew Tuck, fourth-grade teacher, Keshequa Elementary School, Dalton, New York

“This book is a 'must' for beginning teachers. Having 50 engagement strategies at their fingertips will help new teachers improve their classroom management. When students are engaged, many discipline problems disappear. I especially like the discussion of bullying, which provides concrete ways to prevent the verbal aggression so often found in our schools.”

—Deborah Dowler, MA, Coordinator, Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment, Tustin Unified School District, Tustin, CA

“Frey fluidly and masterfully addresses teachers' two greatest concerns: classroom management and student engagement. This relevant, practical book should clearly be in the personal library of every teacher, from novice to veteran. Frey addresses challenging topics such as bullying and de-escalating problem behavior. She shares innovative ways to foster collaboration between peer partners and offers tips to engage students in reading. Teachers will surely pull this book off the shelf on a regular basis throughout the school year.”

—Maria Grant, EdD, Department of Secondary Education, California State University, Fullerton

Table of Contents

I. Five Rules for Engagement and Interaction

1. Organize Your Instruction through Gradual Release of Responsibility

2. Active Engagement Is Multileveled: Group–Partner–Individual

3. Instruction Is Interactive: Say–Write–Do

4. Students Help Each Other: Tell–Help–Check

5. Students Learn from Each Other: Think–Pair–Share

II. Engaging Students through Classroom Procedures

6. Creating a Classroom Management Plan

7. Creating and Teaching Classroom Rules

8. Responding to Problem Behaviors

9. Deescalating Problem Behaviors with Voluntary Removal

10. Crumple Doll

11. Responding to Bullying

12. Fostering Problem Solving among Students

13. Room Arrangement

14. Taking Attendance

15. What to Do When a Student Returns from an Absence

III. Engaging Students through Organization

16. Posting a Daily Schedule

17. Signaling the Class

18. Monitoring Noise Level

19. Teaching Students to Manage Their Time

20. Distributing and Collecting Materials

21. Calling on Students

22. Organizing Materials

23. Assignment Headings

24. Teaching Students How to Request Help

25. Managing the Technology in Your Classroom

26. Establishing and Maintaining a Course Website

IV. Engaging Students through Peer Partners

27. Establishing Peer Partners

28. Peer Partners Role 1: Response Partners

29. Peer Partners Role 2: Reading Partners

30. Peer Partners Role 3: On-Task Partners

31. Peer Partners Role 4: Assignment Partners

32. Peer Partners Role 5: Collaborative Partners

33. Grouping Students Efficiently

V. Engaging Students for Learning

34. Interest Surveys

35. Bellwork

36. RAFT (Role–Audience–Format–Topic)

37. Community Surveys

38. Human Graphs

39. Establishing Purpose

40. Vocabulary Routines

41. Whip Around

42. Response Cards

43. Walking Review

44. Jigsaws

45. Self-Corrected Spelling

46. Power Writing to Build Fluency

VI. Engaging Students through Reading

47. Choral Reading

48. Cloze Reading

49. Read-Around

50. Rapid Retrieval of Information

About the Author

Nancy Frey, PhD, is Professor of Literacy in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. She is a recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award from the National Reading Conference, as well as a co-recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. In addition to publishing with her colleague Douglas Fisher, Dr. Frey teaches a variety of courses in San Diego State’s teacher-credentialing and reading specialist programs on elementary and secondary reading instruction, literacy in content areas, and supporting students with diverse learning needs. She is a credentialed special educator and reading specialist in California and is privileged to learn with and from students and teachers at Health Sciences High and Middle College every day.


K–12 teachers; literacy specialists and coaches; education students and preservice teachers.

Course Use

May serve as a text in teacher certification/induction programs and other advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

First Edition, © 2009
ISBN: 9781606234280
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