Energizers at Work: Transforming Teaching and Learning
The preceding chapters have provided a comprehensive view of each Energizer, the supporting research, and specifics of how to implement it effectively. The purpose for addressing each Energizer in its own chapter was to ensure a healthy grasp of each concept. However, the strategic Energizers work optimally when integrated, as each supports the others. For example, in order to effectively get students talking, teachers often bridge for language by offering the necessary academic language needed to converse in any content area. In order to flood vocabulary across the day, teachers will utilize a variety of comprehensible input techniques such as visuals and gesturing, to keep the concepts (vocabulary) accessible. Bridging for learning involves the teacher in active demonstration utilizing comprehensible techniques such as nonverbal communication, supplementary materials, and visuals. In addition, while bridging for learning, teachers will provide structured and guided practice opportunities across a lesson, which often involves getting students talking. The hurricane lesson in chapter 3 is an excellent example of all four strategic Energizers working in concert with one another. Many teachers have found the Planning Guide for the Energizers template very helpful (available as a download), particularly when the Energizers are first being implemented.