Hey, UAedTech, here are a lot of good ideas to use in the classroom -- especially for new teachers in this video. I have observed teachers through out the years who are stuck in the old rut of lecture and direct teaching. Like me, I think students hate this. Do you realize how much time I have spent listening to someone spew opinions and facts while I write down notes??? Too much time!! There was no exchange of ideas nor is there any interaction to keep things interesting. This style of instruction is necessary but it should not be the main form of instruction. If you want to engage your students, begin to use inquiry based learning instead and allow students do what they do best: learn! Oh, and if the kids are learning, they won't be starting fires in the bathroom.
...a teacher certified in AYA Integrated Social Studies