Live It, Learn It: The Academic Club Approach for Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD / Edition 1

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Overview

Improve school success for students who have learning disabilities and ADHD with "Academic Clubs" the proven learning-by-doing approach presented in this energizing guidebook. Sally Smith — the highly respected founder of the Lab Schools, where 95% of students with learning problems go on to college — shows elementary school educators how to immerse students in any subject using drama, painting, sculpture, music, and other art forms. To help educators use this fun, multisensory teaching technique to motivate students, this handbook gives them

  • an easy-to-follow 15-step process for establishing an Academic Club with minimal expense
  • information on how the clubs promote positive behavior and foster cooperation among students
  • detailed profiles of Academic Clubs, complete with suggested activities, decorations, character roles, and costume ideas
  • insightful interviews with teachers who have used the Academic Club Approach
  • chapters on using the approach in different settings, including junior high, high school, and summer programs
  • principles for effective group management

Sally Smith's infectious energy, humor, and creativity helps teachers transform their classrooms into clubs where each student belongs and learns.

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Editorial Reviews

Barbara Keogh

"Sally Smith has done it again! . . . The Club experience facilitates academic learning, enhances students' feelings about their own competencies, and contribut[es] to their relationships with peers . . . [A] powerful and effective teaching/learning approach for all students, elementary through high school. Teachers will find this very interesting book a rich source of innovative ideas and techniques for working with diverse students."Â
Professor of Learning Disabilities, University of Arizona - Nancy Mather
"Awakens and enhances student learning by evoking and integrating the magical powers of exploration, art, play, and imagination . . . entices students [to]discover the joys, spirit, and wonder of authentic learning."
James Madison University; author of Teaching Reading to Struggling Learners - Esther Minskoff
"Conveys the excitement and thrill of teaching and learning. . . . With the academic club approach, good teachers would not be leaving the education profession."
Managing Director, Schwab Learning - Jodell Seagrave
"In Live It, Learn It, Sally Smith offers an inspired guidebook for how to transform education for all kids, and particularly for kids who are struggling in traditional environments.Based on the Lab School's brilliant record, the Academic Club model could, at last, offer talented, dedicated educators with a framework for success in their classrooms."
Co-Editor, Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal - Janet Lerner
"Sally Smith has done it again! . . . The Academic Club approach uses the best of educational theories. This book will be of great interest to teachers and administrators looking for successful ways to teach students, especially students with learning disabilities."
Simmons College; Executive Producer, How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop (PBS) - Richard D. Lavoie
"Helps students learn how to learn, not merely master facts . . . can [have] a significant, lasting impact on your ability to reach and teach struggling learners."
The Northwest Current - Ian Thoms
"Smith's newest book is exactly what it sounds like: a comprehensive how-to book on her learning-by-doing approach to academics."
Learning Disabilities : A Multidisciplinary Journal
"Sally Smith has done it again! . . . The Academic Club approach uses the best of educational theories. This book will be of great interest to teachers and administrators looking for successful ways to teach students, especially students with learning disabilities."
Journal of Learning Disabilities - Rick LaVoiet
"By combining her understanding of the learning process with her love of music, history and the arts, Sally Smith has created a methodology that responds to the language, learning and social needs of exceptional children… for the creative and innovative teacher who is seeking an approach that truly involves and focuses the child in the learning process…look no further. The Academic Club Methodology can make a significant, meaningful and lasting impact on your ability to reach and teach struggling learners. This creative approach is outlined in this highly readable and energetic book."
IDA Perspectives - Regina Cicci
"This book is readable and likely to be fascinating to anyone who teaches anything…The approach or methodology can be applied to almost any classroom or any subject better…As I have said in previous review about this approach to learning, I wish I could go back to school and pass through every club and art activity. I highly recommend this book to all teachers, but especially to those who teach dyslexia."
Inc. Book News
"Smith presents a dramatic framework employing all the arts that uses pretend play to immerse children in history and stimulate their critical thinking skills. She describes the academic club method in action, provides example club ideas, such as Ancient Greece or medieval knights, and suggests alternative approaches to assessing students."
Learning Disabilities Journal - Richard Lavoie
"a highly readable and energetic book…The Academic Club Methodology can make a significant, meaningful and lasting impact on your ability to reach and teach struggling learners."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557666833
  • Publisher: Brookes Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 213
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally L. Smith is the Founder/Director of The Lab School of Washington, a school she founded and designed in 1967 for intelligent children and adults with learning disabilities. Since 1976, she has been a professor in the School of Education at American University in charge of the Master's Degree Program in Special Education: Learning Disabilities. Professor Smith is a national leader in the field of learning disabilities. In May 1999, she was recognized by Birmingham-Southern College as a Woman of Distinction. In October 1997, she was the first recipient of the Celebration Abilities Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Learning Disabilities presented by the Learning Disabilities Association of Georgia. In May 1995, Professor Smith was honored with the 1995 American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Other Professional Contributions. In February 1993, she received the LDA Award from the Learning Disabilities Association of America, the highest honor given in her field, in recognition and appreciation of outstanding leadership in the field of learning disabilities. She is one of the elected specialists on the Professional Advisory Board of the Learning Disabilities Association of America and was an elected member of the Professional Advisory Board of the National Center of Learning Disabilities of America and was an elected member of the Professional Advisory Board of the National Center of Learning Disabilities for 6 years. The 1985 Encyclopedia Britannica Medical and Health Annualincluded a section on learning disabilities authored by Sally Smith. Since 1988, she has been a consultant on learning disabilities to the State Department Family Liaison Office and since 1990, a member of the Advisory Board of the I Have a Dream Foundation in Washington, DC. Professor Smith served on the U.S. Task Force on the Definition of Developmental Disabilities in 1976/1977 and has been a consultant to numerous organizations and state bodies. She has testified as an expert witness before the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She was a member of the Advisory Council on the Arts in Education for the National Endowment for the Arts. She has run workshops all over the United States and Canada as well as in Greece and Switzerland for the European Council of International Schools. It is Professor Smith's belief that everyone can learn, and she has designed teaching approaches involving all of the art forms and experiential education to teach academic skills to children and adults. In 1966, she originated the Academic Club Method, which has been overwhelmingly successful with Lab School students. As the author of eight books and a number of articles in professional magazines, Professor Smith has mastered the art of translating difficult clinical issues into popular language. Her best known books are No Easy Answers: The Learning Disabled Child at Home and at School (Bantam, 1995) and Succeeding Against the Odds: How the Learning-Disabled Can Realize Their Promise (Tarcher/Perigee, 1993). Succeeding Against the Odds was the recipient of the New York Orton Dyslexia Society's 1995 Margot Marek Book Award. Sin respuestas simples: Reconozca al nino con problemas de aprendizaje (Editorial Plaza Mayor, Inc.), the Spanish translation of No Easy Answers, published in the fall of 1999. Different is Not Bad, Different is the World: A Book About Disabilities (Sopris West, 1994), a book for young children, is being used widely in inclusive classrooms. In 1996, both No Easy Answers and Different is Not Bad, Different is the World were selected to receive the prestigious 1996 Parents' Choice Award. The National Public Broadcasting Corporation will be producing a series of short documentaries in early 2001 demonstrating Professor Smith's original teacher education in-service techniques and its application in The Lab School setting. The documentaries will emphasize the use of the arts, Academic Cl

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Table of Contents


  1. What is the Academic Club Methodology?
  2. Why the Academic Club Methodology Works for Students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD
  3. How to Keep Students Engaged in Learning: Why Students Have Few Behavior Problems in Academic Clubs
  4. The Sequence of Academic Clubs at the Lab School and Baltimore Lab
  5. Using the Academic Club Methodology with Middle and High School Students
  6. Summer School Academic Club: Thematic Adaptation in Six Weeks
  7. Using Props and Teacher-Made Games
  8. How to Assess Students Using the Academic Club Methodology
  9. Start Your Own Academic Club- Here's How!
  10. Conversations with Club Leaders
  11. Academic Clubs Can Transform Schools: Dare We Do It?
References

Appendix A Teaching Approaches Designed for Different Behavior Characteristics
Appendix B Some Principles of Effective Group Management with Students with Learning Disabilities
Appendix C The Lab School of Washington and the Baltimore Lab
Academic Club Advisory Service
Index

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