The Wild Card is your step-by-step guide to experiencing a creative breakthrough in your classroom with your students. Wade and Hope King show you how to draw on your authentic self—your past experiences, personality quirks, interests, hobbies, and strengths—to deliver your content creatively. Whether you are a high school teacher or a kindergarten teacher, the seven steps in The Wild Card will give you the knowledge and the confidence to bring creative teaching strategies into your classroom.
Whether or not you consider yourself a ‘creative’ doesn’t make any difference as to whether or not you’ll find value in this book – Hope and Wade are there to help you along the way with strategies, tips, and even a toolkit to get your creativity stemming.
The Wild Cardhas an upbeat perspective and encourages teachers to support their colleagues and avoid comparison.
“These pages are full of real-life stories that will pull you in and challenge you to your core.” —Amy Lemons, educator and blogger
“Wade and Hope King challenge, equip, and emPOWER you to create lessons that bring light (not dread) to your students’ eyes.” —Jason David Frank, actor, Power Ranger, and eighth-degree black belt martial artist
“Hope and Wade provide powerful, proven, practical steps to discovering the creativity inside of us all.” —Kim Bearden, cofounder and executive director, Ron Clark Academy, author of LA Times bestselling Crash Course
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