- Paperback: 234 pages
- Publisher: Blend Education (June 20, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780692910924
- ISBN-13: 978-0692910924
- ASIN: 0692910921
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Epic Classroom: How to Boost Engagement, Make Learning Memorable, and Transform Lives
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At times, the book did seem to oversimplify the applications of this story-centric method of teaching. Story-based lectures felt a little over-the-top. While I can see their place, sometimes information does just need to be transferred. The book also needed a better editor. There were quite a number of typos and odd formatting errors that took away from the reading experience, all of which could have been remedied easily.
However, the book is well worth your time, and it will likely have you brimming with your own ideas as well. Trevor's chapter on Character Development was perhaps my favorite, and doubles down on the potential for the classroom to be a place that transforms students' lives. It will leave you inspired and excited for the potential in your own classroom. The perfect read right before the start of this coming school year.
I have had the pleasure of hearing Trevor speak a few times thanks to his involvement with my University and relationship with one of my professors (as I read this book, my brain could hear him reading each word - it was creepy and cool). I have heard "project based learning" thrown around a lot lately and have had some college classes that mention it, but didn't give me the confidence to embark on that journey (although I desperately wanted to try it out).
This book is an excellent resource for teachers interested in making their classroom a rich, engaging environment for learners. While Trevor teaches English and History, he gives examples from other content areas and gives you the tools you need to apply it to your classroom.
After hearing him speak, I started treating my classroom a little more like a story (which isn't a huge stretch as an English teacher). I immediately saw my students become more engaged and invested in what they were learning. After reading this book, I feel more confident moving forward into project based learning and adding the projects to the stories.
Each chapter walks through a different component of an epic story and Trevor gives personal examples and examples from colleagues. Every time I hear him talk about projects he has done with his students, my heart warms because his passion for what he does is infectious. Also, as a recent graduate, I have heard so many people try to talk me out of being a teacher because of x, y, and z. But when I hear stories like Trevor's, where he's finding ways to get kids excited about class, learning content and developing skills necessary for life after school, I get excited and I want in on that.
I'm eager to start planning my lessons differently and striving to have an epic classroom. I know it'll take time, even if it's a unit or two to start out with, but I want my students to have the same growth and love of learning in my classroom as his do. Thank you for this excellent resource, Trevor!
Trevor's use of the "hero's journey" is powerful. I have so many ideas swirling in my mind about how I can use that idea with my 5th graders. I just have to say thank you for giving me and the educators all over the world this amazing story and for inspiring me to continue to push my students out of their comfort zone to find that amazing 'elixir'. Buy this book now! :)