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Instant Relevance: Using Today's Experiences to Teach Tomorrow's Lessons Paperback – July 29, 2016
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Denis' blend of practical application, expertise and humor make this book like few I have ever read. He will teach you how to sneak learning into lessons using regular everyday moments. The cool part is that your students will not even see it coming, but in the end they will be asking for more.
About the Author
Denis Sheeran is an engaging, fun, highly requested nationwide speaker, who delivers keynotes, full day workshops, and small group professional development courses to teachers and administrators. He is a Google Certified Educator and has a master's degree in educational leadership and a bachelor's degree in mathematics education with a minor in music. Before becoming the supervisor of mathematics for K-12 students in Chatham, New Jersey, Denis taught high school math, from Algebra to Advanced Placement, for thirteen years at Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest, Illinois.
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Want to send your students scurrying to shovel tons of snow (parents will love you), while making them love math? What if they help you budget for gas for your next trip? It's easy if you make the work relevant and fun. Instant Relevance is rife with fascinating stories, practical advice, and questions that help readers reflect on the lessons in the book and, more important, their own strategies. Sheeran is the math teacher I always wanted and the storyteller you've been waiting for. Read Instant Relevance today, and become relevant to your students tomorrow.
Instant Relevance has me looking at the world around me differently. I have been watching the Olympics recently and have thought of so many different ways I could use this event in my subject area or other subjects, even math. Denis has written a wonderful book about tapping into student interest by bringing in ordinary things and turning them into extraordinary learning opportunities.
The biggest takeaways from the book for me were to look at the events, and objects around me with a different perspective to unlock their potential. Also to seek opportunities for your students to learn in the moment even if it doesn't fit that days curriculum. Students need to be inquisitive and we need to tap into what sparks their curiosity.
Instant Relevance has ignited a quest to re-envision how I approach lesson creation, and how I teach. I enjoyed reading the book and found too many examples of lesson ideas to count. This is a book I think all teachers should read - period.
Denis writes like he is talking directly to you. Helps you feel confident and gives many ideas.
Denis shows you how he brings his life into the classroom. Whether we like it or not, our students want to get to know us - and why not? Or, why would we not want to form that relationship? As Denis said, "We have no choice but to make learning more relevant to our students, or they will learn without us." If you want to make school work relevant and learn along with your students, you need to read this book.