Lively Loud Reading Fun with the Crazy Professor’s Reading Game (4th grade)

I really enjoyed this video. I know that he's marketing his services, but I love the lively, excited, LOUD atmosphere in the classroom. (It kind of reminds me of my own.)

I think that often administrators love to see quiet, orderly, reading students in a classroom and that a teacher might even get in trouble for this classroom!

I really enjoyed this. Has anyone ever used a reading game like this.

I do think that we have to get out of our mode of thinking that a teacher is at the front and the students are quietly listening. Sometimes an active, chaotic, bodily kinestic engaged, loud environment IS the most conducive to learning.

Now, I know that this is a video that they have made, but I still believe that the good classrooms is really loud a lot of times. Cool video!

And watch it until the end… the summarizations are VERY powerful! (Funny at the end how to teach the class to be quiet with the volumeometer.)

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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5 comments

Barb June 7, 2008 - 1:35 pm

Thanks for pointing me to this video! I love to get new ideas to add to my bag o’ teaching tricks. I found some other good ideas on his website for math, too.

Ian H. June 7, 2008 - 3:30 pm

Looks like a really great reading environment. I hope that my own kids will get teachers as enthusiastic as that.

Terry Freedman June 8, 2008 - 9:21 am

Funnily enough, Vicki, I had a conversation with someone recently (can’t mention his name as he is in a senior position in one of the government agencies here in the UK, and we both agreed that we used to love our classrooms to be places of excitement, not kids merely sitting passively in rows. I taught ICT rather than reading, and I had kids getting excited over things like spreadsheets and control! Regardinbg the video, there is plenty of evidence (certainly anecdotal but no doubt research-based as well) that learning is better when it is kinetic as well as cerebral. Thanks for finding and sharing this great vide.

Kim Caise June 8, 2008 - 12:52 pm

Wow, that was an interesting video! I have a few concerns: 1) How well does an easily distractible perform? and 2) How are the students that need a quiet environment to fully comprehend what they are reading addressed in this classroom?

I love loud learning and students actively engaged.Wonder if his students get any of the profits or royalties for helping sell his products?

Kim

Charlie A. Roy June 8, 2008 - 1:34 pm

looks very interesting. i’ll be sharing with my elementary school friends.

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