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December 10, 2008 0470180269 978-0470180266 1
A powerful instructional method for "hooking" students on academic learning

Drawing from a teaching model designed to banish boredom and student apathy, this book explains how dramatic practices can serve as powerful tools for enlivening lessons and captivating students, even the most resistant learners. Filled with intriguing classroom examples, Pogrow shows how any teacher can make use of dramatic techniques, such as surprise, humor, fantasy, role plays, games, and simulations to create standards-based content lessons that are riveting, effective, and meaningful. The author explains how to design such lessons into any content area.

Stanley Pogrow (San Francisco, CA), a noted authority on teaching practices for disadvantaged students, is professor of educational leadership at San Francisco State University, where he coordinates the Educational Leadership for Equity Program.

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From the Back Cover

For teachers who struggle to connect with students who seem restless, bored, and indifferent, Teaching Content Outrageously offers the perfect antidote. In this book, Stanley Pogrow shows teachers how to transform standards-based content lessons into dynamic and "outrageous" learning experiences that leave students so enthralled and fascinated they readily meet the learning goals. Drawing from a model successfully used with underperforming students, the author introduces the "Outrageous Teaching" method showing how teachers can integrate humor, surprise, imagination, character, and dramatic storyline to create lessons that are riveting, effective, and meaningful. The book includes:
  • Detailed guidance on implementing the method in any content area in grades 4-12
  • Vivid classroom portraits of teachers making use of the method to teach math, science, language arts, and social studies lessons
  • Advice on applying the techniques to improvediscipline and classroom management

The author reveals how all teachers can tap into their own imagination and creativity to construct lessons and units that are mesmerizing and that efficiently increase student performance on content.

Praise for Teaching Content Outrageously

"Pogrow's new book is a must-read for teachers seeking to find new ways to engage and successfully teach their students who would otherwise be left behind. The combination of cognitive science, humor, insight, techniques, and examples will make you laugh, inspire you, and give you the practical tools to create imaginative and original ways to teach key content objectives."
Dr. Pedro Portes, director, Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education, andprofessor of education, University of Georgia

"Is holding students' attention becoming more and more difficult? Let Stanley Pogrow show you how dramatization and humor can help you teach any content far more effectively to a wary classroom audience."
Carol Jago, teacher, Santa Monica High School,Santa Monica, CA

"Dr. Pogrow gives priceless solutions and clear methods that work for making teaching and learning more fun and effective in today's classrooms. This is the one book that should be read by all those who want to make a difference by captivating, inspiring, and empowering all learners."
Dalia Johnson, science and Spanish teacher, middle school director,¿ MS 188, New York CityPublic Schools

About the Author

Stanley Pogrow, Ph.D., is professor of Educational Leadership at¿San Francisco State University. He is best known for developing the HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) Program for accelerating the learning of underperforming Title I (economically disadvantaged) and special education students.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (December 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470180269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470180266
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money! January 3, 2010
By msufan
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I am writing my first review ever on Amazon in the hopes of saving other educators the time and money I wasted on this book. Poorly written and full of brutal spelling and grammatical errors, this book's premise can be summarized in one sentence: Use dramatic presentations to enhance your teaching. For example, if you are teaching about a certain historical event, you might try dressing up as a person from that time period. (Who knew!?) The author then fills 220+ pages by explaining the history of dramatic technique as a learning tool, providing a list of fee-based websites that will help you create crossword puzzles for your students (which, in addition to being worthless, are also sites the author himself admits he's never used), and explaining how "expressive microbursts" of dramatic voice inflection can improve your classroom management.

Do yourself a favor and skip this book.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
In the first chapter, I realized that the author was on an ego-trip, introducing the concept of "teaching content outrageously" with vagueness and attempts to validate the idea before even presenting it. It took three chapters to get to the meat of the subject, and after reading the whole book, I felt that Pogrow's system of teaching outrageously was lacking--in research and applicability. I noticed grammar errors, a tremendous lack of editing (how many times can an author use "indeed"?), and that, overall, it didn't function to provide the reader with a good method for creating the so-called "outrageous" lessons. The lessons cited in the book were interesting, but I didn't walk away inspired or with any new approach to education. I certainly understand the premise of creating dramatic and engaging lessons, but this book was not comprehensive enough to provide the tools for an educator to create such lessons consistently or well. "Teaching Content Outrageously" was more of a memoir about Pogrow's experiences--filled with anecdotes and built on Pogrow's assertions of the weakness of "conventional teaching"--rather than a guide for educational leadership supported by data and wide-ranging examples of documented successes. Pogrow spent a large portion of the book more or less vilifying conventional instruction and upon reaching the virtual end of the book stated, "It is stop trying to prove that one [method] is better than the other" (186). The author also asserted that "Outrageous" education might be the only new answer to solve our existing educational crisis--that all other possible reforms are just rehashing old ideas with new names (179). Meanwhile, Powgrow was really intent on selling his method's name--I kept waiting for the word "Outrageous" to show up with the trademark symbol. Read more ›
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pogrow Gives Teachers Permission to be Creative! April 10, 2009
In Teaching Content Outrageously, Stanley Pogrow describes a set of teaching strategies as "outrageous". I disagree! To me the strategies are consistent with teaching principles that have been shown to work with all learners. To me, the only thing "outrageous" here - is the fact that few teachers currently use strategies such as drama, costumes, and role-play in their daily lessons.
Teachers today compete with many technological innovations that surround students. It is no wonder that our students are not much interested in our "run of the mill" lectures and work sheets. In my almost forty years of school experiences, I have found students - be they kindergarten or graduate level - to be interested in content that is presented in respectful, inquiring ways. In Teaching Content Outrageously, Pogrow gives teachers permission to capitalize on this idea and to be creative in designing and presenting lessons. He challenges us to be better than we usually are. He presents step-by-step guides to assist even novice teachers in design and use of creative ideas to develop their lessons. By describing lessons developed and used by real teachers, often ones with little or no experience, Pogrow stimulates the imagination of experienced teachers and, more importantly, of their students.
In this book Pogrow has built on his experience and research with teaching for higher order thinking, and interpreted both into the design and development of strategies for real classrooms, in real schools. I highly recommend it for any teacher interested in creating a feeling of excitement for learning in the classroom. I am confident that teachers who use these strategies will be rewarded with students excited about learning whatever content they teach.
Daisy Arredondo Rucinski, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Must Read!!! February 22, 2009
Teaching Content Outrageously...The title grabbed me, the Table of Contents inspired me, the Preface compelled me, the book convinced me. Dr. Pogrow tells not only what outrageous content teaching is, but how to do it effectively and how to train others to teach outrageously. The book is vital for professional developers interested in accelerating student learning as well as teacher practices. The book is informative, practical, and fun. It's a must read for every serious educator.

Ahmes Askia, Director of Professional Development
The National Urban Alliance for Effective Education
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5.0 out of 5 stars Using Imaginative Content For REAL Results May 22, 2013
I have just finished reading Teaching Content Outrageously: How to Captivate All Students and Accelerate Learning, Grades 4-12

As a theatre historian and drama educator I have asked myself many times why has it been so hard for us to convince policymakers and others towards what he shows in his book to be so obviously effective and efficient for learning.

Like Dr Stanley Pogrow I have been following the work of Kieran Egan, Project Zero and others for over 15 years... yet we're now in2013 and it seems to me that the desire to beat creativity out of existence in K-12 curricula remains strong (remember 'Champions of Change' and Ken Robinson's wonderful report for the Blair govt All Our Futures in 1999????)

Dr Pogrow's book is a timely inspiration. Ironically, like others I too ran a drama-based programs on thinking skills in Fremantle Western Australia (site of the 1983 America's Cup) between 2001 and 2007 in a revamped old Biscuit Factory. In my K-12 classes we experimented with 'nonsense' ..... inspired, of course, by Seuss, Carroll, Lear, Commedia etc. I worked closely with the Philosophy in the Classroom association in my city as well as working through some crucial issues on how creativity impacts on learningin an Australian Research Council grant on "Creative Thinking & the Arts" (in partnership with the University of Western Australia). How beneficial it would have been to have had Dr Pogrow's great examples for teaching content outrageously as we were making a case for 'thinking outside the box' in our own school district!!!!

I also congratulate Dr Pogrow for the implementation of the HOTS program which has kept going for 25 years!
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