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Teach students to take responsibility for their own success!
This updated edition of the bestselling and award-winning book on the brain’s natural learning process brings new research results and applications in a power-packed teacher tool kit. Rita Smilkstein shows teachers how to create and deliver curricula that help students become the motivated, successful, and natural learners they were born to be. Updated features include:
"This is an important and useful book—readable, practical, and inspiring advice for the practicing teacher. This is a great translation of theory into practice, and Rita's stories of her own work are especially compelling."
"This author not only summarizes the theories and research regarding how the brain functions in the process of learning—natural learning—she also shows how she has continued to apply it in her own teaching and learning."
"The stunning correspondence between Rita Smilkstein's research results and Piaget's six stages validates this book. Smilkstein's work grounds in brain research theories and assumptions that educators have worked with for years. It is as if a missing link has now been unearthed to connect all that we have observed in our teaching."
"Being a community college English instructor who has used the Natural Human Learning Process approach for several years, I have had the opportunity to see the results it produces. There is no better way to experience the joy of teaching than to see students' joy of learning blossom. There is no greater motivator than success, and that's what all of us—students and teachers alike—experience in an NHLP learning environment."
"A new theory more directly linking culture, information processing, instruction, and how the brain learns is needed to transform classroom practice for culturally diverse learners. Rita Smilkstein, the ranking scholar-practitioner-activist in the brain-based, natural learning movement, offers concrete, research- based classroom strategies for achieving this vision."
"I would certainly recommend that developmental educators read this book and implement its findings. This work is [also] going to be particularly helpful to high school teachers. It summarizes vast amounts of research and experience in clear and practical terms. It offers a whole new approach to teaching and learning that is well grounded in fact and science."
|About the Author|
|Pt. I||Research in the Classroom and in the Brain Lab||9|
|1||Learning and Teaching||11|
|2||How People Learn: The Natural Human Learning Process (NHLP)||23|
|3||How the Brain Learns: The Brain's Natural Learning Process||50|
|4||Personal Experience, Individual Differences, and Learning||85|
|5||The Student's Experience: Metacognition, Motivation, Self-Evaluation, and Achievement||104|
|Pt. II||Theory and Application||121|
|6||Sequencing of the Curriculum||123|
|7||The Pedagogical Model and Guidelines||146|
|Pt. III||Using the Brain's Natural Learning Process to Create Curriculum||175|
|8||Brain-Based, Natural Learning Across the Curriculum||177|
|9||Curriculum Development for Units, Courses, and Programs||201|
|Bibliography About Learning Communities||241|