Teaching Around the 4MAT Cycle: Designing Instruction for Diverse Learners with Diverse Learning Styles

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Bernice McCarthy‘s 4MAT® is a brain-based teaching method that emphasizes diverse learning styles, improves student thinking and performance, and provides a solid foundation for new learning experiences.

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Editorial Reviews

Julia Koble
"As a parent and a teacher, I would truly love to see all teachers teach with the depth and intention that fully understanding the 4MAT Cycle instills...this book is different because it is not a "theory" book. It is more of a "how to" book...A holistic, step-by-step framework for addressing the diversity of learners is presented rather than a few helpful strategies to try."
Robin Kvalo
"4MAT has transformed my teachers from adequate to outstanding and made them different educators...knowledge of the 4MATmodel keeps my teachers searching for a variety of lesson approaches around a concept that will enable all our students to learn and achieve."
Patricia Shelton
"Principals and teachers have continually requested 4MAT training as the 'basic core' of knowledge for teacher in our 80,000-student district. We have trained literally hundreds of teachers over the past ten years to 'teach around the 4MAT wheel' and meet the learning needs of all their students."
Fred Morton
"I have worked with teachers using 4MAT while serving as a high school principal and I have personally utilized the planning tools as a staff developer and superintendent...teachers are energized by the training and find it to be an invaluable tool for planning instruction as well as a powerful way to think about learning."
Max McGee
"The 4MAT system has had a positive impact in several schools througout Illinois ranging from rural to urban, impoverished to affluent. It is a proven model for improving instruction, and the leadership component has enabled formal and informal leaders to create a culture of success."
J. Kay Giles
"Through 4MAT, teachers are able to meet the needs of individual learners, address hemisphericity, and successfully engage students in the learning process."
Max Mc Gee
"The 4MAT system has had a positive impact in several schools througout Illinois ranging from rural to urban, impoverished to affluent. It is a proven model for improving instruction, and the leadership component has enabled formal and informal leaders to create a culture of success."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412925303
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 535,287
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernice McCarthy is the creator of the4MAT® method of instruction and the founder of About Learning,a training, publishing, and consulting firm that specializes in instructional design and development.Dr. McCarthy’s 4MAT approach identifies the diversity of learners and connects them, no matter their level, to any type of material, emphasizing real-world applications as an essential component of in-depth understanding.This concept-based approach to curriculum and instructional planning promotes high-quality teaching andlearning.Most educators consider Bernice McCarthy'swork to be a key contribution to the development of the learning styles movement and the differentiated classroom.She has presented numerous workshops and keynote sessions on effective learning at hundreds of renowned organizations worldwide, including the U.S. Pentagon, Chicago Public Schools system, Cornell University, the Education Department of the Government of Venezuela, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Gordon Cawelti
About the Authors
Chapter 1: Learning Styles
A Cycle of Learning
How Perceiving Defines Us as Learners
How Processing Defines Us as Learners
The Processing Dimension and John Dewey
Perceiving and Processing Style
Type One Learners: Why?
Type Two Learners: What?
Type Three Learners: How Does This Work?
Type Four Learners: What If?
Putting It All Together
Chapter 2: A Cycle of Learning
First We Experience
Then We Reflect
Then We Conceptualize
Then We Act
Finally We Integrate
The Cycle Begins and Ends with the Individual
Any Successfully Completed Cycle Will Flow to Reflection on Itself
The Cycle Is a Consummate Design for Curriculum
The Cycle Encompasses Important Assessment Benchmarks
The Cycle is a Showplace for Different Styles at Different Places
Think About Yourself
Other Ways to Look at the Quadrants
Chapter 3: Teaching Around the Cycle
Quadrant One: Answering the “Why?” Question
Quadrant Two: Answering the “What?” Question
Quadrant Three: Answering the “How?” Question
Quadrant Four: Answering the “If?” Question
Plot Your Quadrant Teaching Score
Chapter 4: The Brain-Mind Learning System
Left- and Right-Mode Processing
The Brain Research
Left and Right: The Two Hemisphere Continuum
Student Learning Strategy Preferences
Teaching Strategies That Favor the Right Mode
A Bushel Basket of Right Mode Activities
Graphic Organizers
Chapter 5: Overlaying Right- and Left-Mode to Complete the 4MAT Cycle
All Real Learning Leaves Us Changed
Chapter 6: Teaching From Concepts
Working With Concepts
Different Teachers, Different Concepts
Concepts and Standards
4MAT in Action
Chapter 7: The 4MAT Design Overlay (Lesson Planning)
The Information Delivery
The Skills Practice
The Intended Outcomes
The Connection
Sharing the Connection
The Learning Used
Critiquing the Work
The Image That Connects
Adding the Assessments
Your 4MAT Plan: A Final Look
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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    Should be required for all teachers....

    That is, all teachers 3 years experience and above. This book's authors assume it's reader is a reflective and experimental teacher. Those with little teaching experience would not be able to use half this book.

    That said, this book is revolutionary. If professional educators were to put a quarter of what's in this book into practice, we'd have a radical shift in our paradigms of school, teaching and learning, with the result of increased student performance across the board. I have used this book as a base to train teachers in professional development courses for 3 years, as well as an instructional planning tool for my own lessons (I teach science and math at the middle levels). I have only had positive feedback from my peers and the teachers I've had the fortune to train.

    Get this book. You'll identify your strengths, and it will give you practical strategies to reach students you normally miss.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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