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Impact Teaching: Ideas and Strategies for Teachers to Maximize Student Learning 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0205334148
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From the Back Cover

This unique book is a practical guide for educators who want to maximize their effectiveness in the classroom.This book stresses the importance of teachers creating the maximum impact on their students in the limited time they have available. It also covers the skills, techniques, and concepts classroom teachers can use to have more impact on their students. It addresses the global picture, and also focuses on smaller, high priority details, such as Question-Detail-Question, Vocal Italics, and Specify the Response. While broad in range, each idea is presented through the use of practical, real-life examples, making it a user-friendly book.For pre-service and in-service educators.

About the Author

Dr. Rich Allen is a highly regarded educator and master trainer, with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. His cognitive learning theory research, which provided understanding on how the brain receives, processes, stores, and recalls information, forms the basis for his radical approach to teaching, presenting and facilitating.


In 25 years of taking his ideas around the world, he has changed the lives of thousands of educators and executives, by giving them practical new presentation and teaching techniques that massively increase personal effectiveness.


Rich is a much sought after keynote speaker at international education conferences and leads workshops for school districts all over the world. He is a regular speaker at the Brain Expo, leads an annual course for student teachers in the UK and works with schools and school districts in the US, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Russia.


A former high school math and drama teacher, Rich was a Director and Lead Facilitator for SuperCamp, a 10-day accelerated learning program for teens, before focusing on teaching brain-based learning strategies to adults. He is the author of a number of best-selling education books including: Impact Teaching and Green Light Classrooms.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Allyn and Bacon; 1st edition (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205334148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205334148
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Goldberg on December 13, 2006
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This is possibly the most valuable book I've ever purchased. It wows me on too many levels to adequately describe in a short book review. I am so grateful to my former high school physics teacher for recommending it.

When I accepted a teaching position last summer as a component of my graduate school experience, I'd had about 90 minutes of terror-filled (but rewarding) teaching experience during my decade in the software industry. I'm generally an introvert, and not very comfortable "winging things" without having a conceptual framework to work from. This book provided it.

While reading this book, I found myself reliving my own best and worst high school experiences. However, I was armed with a new vocabulary and interpretive framework to understand *why* these experiences left me inspired or agitated as a student.

Richard's book presented the knowledge base that I suspect constitutes the "common sense" wisdom held by master teachers, carefully packaged and presented for application by teachers of any level. The writing is engaging and story-laden, underscoring the validity of the author's argument that we learn most effectively through personal engagement, appropriate humor, and storytelling.

Richard not only draws on his extensive experience as a practitioner, but credibly grounds his book in current epistemological theory. (The book is generally written from a constructivist frame of reference, which he explicitly acknowledges in the introduction.)

If I had a gripe, it's that Richard demonstrates so lucidly what an effective instructional experience should constitute, including nearly 80 pages on effective communication and direction-giving. It was probably harder to teach my first few classes with that high bar fixed in my mind, but without yet carrying the classroom experience to reach it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Duke R Kelly on February 19, 2002
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Pardon the cliche' but this is a "must read"! Finally a practical book with real life examples and techniques that can be immediately used in the classroom. Not abstract lofty theories, but specific tools to improve your lessons and staff developments. From giving effective directions to positive mental imagery and ways to keep your students and participants actively involved, this book has practical information that you may have not thought about in such detail. I am a secondary teacher and a presenter and I can't think of anyone who speaks in front of a group that wouldn't benefit from this book. The book also includes stories, metaphors and a keynote speech template. I can't say enough positive things about it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 8, 2002
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Impact Teaching: Ideas And Strategies For Teachers To Maximize Student Learning by educational psychologist Richard Howell Allen presents a wealth of new ideas for classroom instructors to their help students to better absorb knowledge and prepare themselves for life in an ever-changing world. Individual chapters address embracing instructional precepts such as combining learning and enjoyment, enhancing retention, designing effective and interactive lessons, and a great deal more. Impact Teaching is a strongly recommended and dynamic guide for both public and home school teachers and tutors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pamela B on August 19, 2006
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As a staff developer and as a teacher of multiple grade levels this book rocks! If you ever have a chance to see Rich Allen in person, you will be hooked for sure. He has some really simple (which we teachers always appreciate) yet POWERFUL ideas that you can begin using immediately, and they will positively impact your students. A day doesn't go by in my classroom when I don't implement multiple ideas that I have learned from him. Give yourself a treat!
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