Getting to Got It!: Helping Struggling Students Learn How to Learn / Edition 1

Getting to Got It!: Helping Struggling Students Learn How to Learn / Edition 1

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by Betty K. Garner
     
 

It's one of the great mysteries of teaching: Why do some students "get it" and some students don't?

In this book, Betty K. Garner focuses on why students struggle and what teachers can do to help them become self-directed learners. Difficulty reading, remembering, paying attention, or following directions are not the reasons students fail but symptoms of the

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It's one of the great mysteries of teaching: Why do some students "get it" and some students don't?

In this book, Betty K. Garner focuses on why students struggle and what teachers can do to help them become self-directed learners. Difficulty reading, remembering, paying attention, or following directions are not the reasons students fail but symptoms of the true problem: underdeveloped cognitive structures�the mental processes necessary to connect new information with prior knowledge; organize information into patterns and relationships; formulate rules that make information processing automatic, fast, and predictable; and abstract generalizable principles that allow them to transfer and apply learning.

Each chapter focuses on a key cognitive structure and uses real-life accounts to illustrate how learners construct meaning by using recognition, memorization, conservation of constancy, classification, spatial orientation, temporal orientation, and metaphorical thinking. The author's simple techniques stress reflective awareness and visualization. It's by helping students to be conscious of what their senses are telling them, encouraging them to visualize the information for processing, and then prompting them to ask questions and figure out solutions on their own that teachers can best help students develop the tools they need to

• Gather, organize, and make sense of information,
• Become cognitively engaged and internally motivated to achieve, and
• Experience learning as a dynamic process of creating and changing.

Suggestions for using these techniques in daily classroom practice, advice on lesson planning for cognitive engagement, andguidelines for conducting reflective research expand this book's practical applications. Use it not only to help struggling students break through hidden barriers but to empower all students with tools that will last a lifetime.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416606086
Publisher:
Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
714,461
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
Cognitive Structures: What They Are and Why They Matter     1
Recognition     30
Memorization     35
Conservation of Constancy     46
Classification     60
Spatial Orientation     79
Temporal Orientation     102
Metaphorical Thinking     119
The Spiritual Dimensions of Learning     132
Lesson Plan Model for Cognitive Engagement     148
An Invitation to Become a Reflective Researcher     152
Glossary     158
Resources     160
Index     163
About the Author     167

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