Marsha Ratzel

Author Marsha Ratzel

We at Powerful Learning Press are thrilled to announce the release of a game-changing interactive eBook about connected teaching and learning.┬áIn Teaching in High Gear: My Shift Toward a Student-Driven, Inquiry-Based Science Classroom, middle grades teacher Marsha Ratzel describes how she acquired the knowledge and skills to evolve her classroom from a traditional “teacher at the top” environment to a space where students are eager to accept ownership of their learning adventure.

In her interactive eBook, Marsha (a National Board Certified educator in the Blue Valley, KS schools and a popular teacher blogger) includes insightful tips about creating a professional network capable of supporting the shift to “less teacher, more student.” She also shares advice and resources that can help science, mathematics and other K12 teachers guide students to pursue their passions and assume more responsibility for their own intellectual growth.

Bill FerriterTeaching in High Gear is more than just a book about the changing nature of adult learning in today’s schoolhouse. It is, more importantly, a book about one woman’s efforts to reimagine the relationship between the teachers, the content and the kids in today’s science classrooms.” – Teacher/author Bill Ferriter [from the Foreword]

This 110-page eBook is the latest in a series of short, practitioner-written works from Powerful Learning Press, designed to energize teachers and school leaders as they make the shift to digitally infused, inquiry-driven teaching and learning.

This digital book includes:

  • Dozens of color photos
  • A welcome video from Marsha
  • Many links to Marsha’s helpful downloads and other resources
  • A look inside Marsha’s classroom showing how she developed and applied concepts in the book

Read the press release here

Want to preview before you buy? Read the book’s Introduction at our Voices from the Learning Revolution blog or Chapter 8, Coaching in the Classroom, at Middleweb.

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Save with this coupon code

To celebrate the launch of this exciting book for educators, Powerful Learning Press is offering a $2 discount through December 18. Use our coupon code HIGHGEAR at checkout to save $2. One week only, beginning December 11! Go to the PLPress online store to buy now.

Tweet about Teaching in High Gear!

Join Marsha, Powerful Learning Practice CEO Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, and PLPress Managing Editor John Norton for a one-hour Twitter chat on Sunday, December 15 at 7pm EST. Use the hashtag #plpnetwork to follow along and participate! During the Twitter chat, get a deeper look inside Marsha’s book Teaching in High Gear and be entered to win a number of prizes!

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During a 25-year education career, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice, where she works with schools and districts from around the world to re-envision their learning cultures and communities through the Connected Learner Experience and other e-learning opportunities. She is the author (with Lani Ritter Hall) of The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age (Solution Tree, 2012) and serves on the ISTE Board of Directors.

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