About the Book

Creating the Dynamic Classroom: A Handbook for Teachers, Second Edition (Pearson Canada, 2013) with Text Enrichment Site Access Code.

This text, along with its accompanying Text Enrichment Site, is an important pre-service and in-service resource for university faculty, school principals, consultants, mentors, and new and experienced teachers. Parents will also find this book useful in providing them with a clearer understanding and appreciation of today’s classrooms.

Creating the Dynamic Classroom is a beneficial resource for both new and experienced teachers. It assists teachers in setting up a classroom where students are empowered to create a positive learning environment that considers social, developmental, and environmental issues critically. By highlighting our own understandings, we help teachers make the necessary links between theory and practice. We explore many essential topics, such as classroom environment, timetabling, instructional strategies, organization and classroom atmosphere/management, assessment, evaluation, planning and differentiated instruction, literacy, learning stations, technology, out-of-classroom excursions, parents as partners, and the employment process, and we outline a multitude of ways to put our ideas into action.

The new Second Edition is accompanied by a Text Enrichment Site to offer even more resources, including reproducible and easy to adapt Line Masters, Recommended Teacher Resources, and Favourite Children’s Literature.


 Table of Contents

Foreword by David Booth
About the Authors

Chapter 1: Classroom Design and Organization
Chapter 2: Timetabling
Chapter 3: An Inclusive Classroom Atmosphere
Chapter 4: Assessment in a Differentiated Curriculum
Chapter 5: Designing Your Curriculum
Chapter 6: Effective Learning Stations–Small Group Differentiated Learning
Chapter 7: Out-of-Classroom Excursions–Experiencing the Wider Community
Chapter 8: Literacy and Language Learning
Chapter 9: Technology in a Rapidly Changing World
Chapter 10: Evaluating and Reporting Student Progress
Chapter 11: Creating Community–Partnerships with Parents
Chapter 12: “Your Mountain is Waiting”—A Career in Education

 Key Features

  • Handbook/Manual-style guide that features many hands-on and classroom-ready activities.
  • Practical, organized, reader-friendly, and easy-to-follow format with subheadings and bullet points.
  • Comprehensible and clear writing style.
  • Many figures and examples that demonstrate theory in practice.
  • Text Enrichment Site (TES) that features both Word documents and PDF files, including:
    • Reproducible Line Masters that can be changed to fit one’s needs
    • Recommended Teacher Resources
    • Favourite Children’s Literature.

 New in This Edition

  • Revised Foreword by David Booth, Professor of Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Click here to retrieve the Foreword.
  • A Vision of a Dynamic Classroom (read with a rap beat) on page 5 of the book. Click here to listen to author Jeremy Nusinowitz perform the rap.
  • Newly revised content for each chapter.
  • A heightened focus on equity, diversity and social justice.
  • Enhanced emphasis on assessment (Chapter 4) and evaluation (Chapter 10), with a clear distinction between the two.
  • Clear and concise strategies on differentiation in terms of designing, delivering, and assessing programming in all classrooms for all students.
  • Expanded suggestions for working in intermediate classrooms.
  • New chapter on employment and career planning (Chapter 12) that will assist graduating teacher candidates in preparing for and securing that first teaching position, but will also be helpful for any teacher looking to change their teaching position or striving for leadership opportunities.
  • A Text Enrichment Site that allows all our line masters, templates, sample letters, resources lists, etc. to be accessed through a website and easily modified to meet needs.
  • Extra activities, templates, and lesson plans found only on the Text Enrichment Site, including:
    • specific activities to demonstrate the reading process for an audience (can be used with parents)
    • arts-based reading response tasks (e.g., a triorama)
    • a series of lesson plans to introduce and reinforce the phases of the writing process
    • sample comment stems to assist in personalizing report card comments
    • Professional Learning Community (PLC) questions for each chapter, useful for pre-service classrooms as well as for in-school PLC opportunities.
  • Recommended teachers’ resources – favourite and updated titles that will further support professional development.
  • Annotated and comprehensive list of favourite children’s literature that can be identified and sorted by author or theme.