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Take Your Summer PD Poolside

As the school year winds down and summer break begins, it’s the perfect time to recharge, relax, and dive into some easy, breezy professional development that can really help to invigorate your teaching for the year ahead. To celebrate the start of summer (and the fifth birthday of one of our favorite teaching reads!) we’ve handpicked three fantastic PD titles that blend learning with laughter and leisure. So, grab your sunglasses, find a comfy spot by the pool, and get ready to be inspired!

And to add an extra scoop of sweetness to your summer PD routine — Full Length Book Studies are now available for each of these titles inside of the EMC² Learning library. We’re talking one on one video conversations with each of the authors, behind the scenes strategies and tips to help you bring the ideas in each chapter to life, and self-paced reflection guides and practical tools to help you transform theory into practice in your classroom. And they’re included at no additional charge to anyone with an active Basic Builder or Engagement Engineer membership!

We’d love to hear how these books are inspiring you this summer! Share your thoughts, reflections, and favorite quotes on our social media channels using #EMC2Learning. Share your thoughts with this awesome community of passionate educators who are committed to lifelong learning and playful pedagogy!

Enjoy your summer break, recharge your batteries, and get ready to make a splash in your classroom with these exciting reads. Happy reading, and we’ll see you poolside!


Just imagine what your classroom would be like if the activities inside elicited the same sense of fun and exhilaration as a roller coaster! How much more engaged would your students be if your curriculum were filled with the same mystery and mastery they found in an escape room full of puzzles and surprising twists? School should be fun! And EDrenaline Rush pulls back the curtain on what it takes to create thrilling learning experiences in your classroom. Fire up your creativity and transform your next lesson plan into a can’t miss experience that your students will never for get.

Customers say
Customers find the book engaging and full of ideas for the classroom. They describe it as an awesome, amazing, and incredible resource. Readers mention the strategies are easy to implement and the ideas are fun. They also say the energy and excitement level are fantastic.


In classrooms around the globe, teachers hunger for strategies that can inspire authentic engagement, while young minds yearn for a new world of learning where they can become the hero. We crave choice. Mastery. And a clear sense of purpose. Fully Engaged is a fresh and fast-paced study of how teachers can inject curiosity, wonder, and excitement into any classroom. It’s packed with student-centered strategies precision engineered for young minds — and loaded with practical, playful techniques that can spring to life in any classroom with minimal teacher prep required. 

Customers say
Customers find the book inspiring, thought-provoking, and a great read. They say it focuses on practical examples of engaging practices that teachers can use. Readers also mention the content is incredible and guides the reader through strategies and why they work.


Are you ready to transform your classroom into a world that flourishes on collaboration and creativity? Dive into those deeper waters of what could be and Explore Like a PIRATE, where you’ll learn how to apply the most motivational techniques of gameplay to your classroom using strategies that work with and enhance your current curriculum. Discover epic gamification techniques while learning all about the different kinds of players in your classroom – and how to inspire them to set and achieve big goals.

Customers say
Customers find the book excellent and a goldmine of inspiration for educators. They also describe it as an incredible field guide with plenty of good points. Readers also mention the book is easy to read and explains it in easy-to-understand language. They appreciate the practical tips and ideas.


The activities featured in this blog post are just a handful of the 700+ resources available in the EMC² Learning library. This entire library is available to Engagement Engineers and members of the Creative Corps, and is included with your annual site membership. We hope you’ll consider joining us as an Engagement Engineer to unlock a full year of site access. For complete details including our exclusive limited time offer for annual site membership, click here.

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