We're Born to Learn: Using the Brain's Natural Learning Process to Create Today's Curriculum / Edition 1

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Overview

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:

  • Guidelines for using the six-step Natural Human Learning Process (NHLP) for lesson planning and test preparation
  • New information on how technology and Internet research affect student learning
  • Practical methods for giving all students the tools they need to achieve

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Editorial Reviews

Irving Pressley Mc Phail
"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. "
Jean MacGregor

"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."

Robert Pinney
"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. "
Jonathan Baylis
"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. "
Julie Noble
"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. "
Irving Pressley McPhail
"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. "
Jean Mac Gregor
"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. "
Hunter R.Boylan

"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."

Patricia Jamie Lee
"I encountered Rita Smilkstein's work as I struggled with teaching entry level students on an Indian Reservation. The natural human learning process described in the book transformed my experience. My students were engaged, attending classes, and reprogramming their past from the frame of 'failure' to the frame of 'born to learn.' No teacher, new or experienced, should enter any class without a copy of this book."
Laura Symons
"Dr. Rita Smilkstein has inspired thousands of students and educators with her practical application of the Natural Human Learning Process. This new edition brings us up-to-date, and maintains the clarity and generosity of spirit that is Smilkstein's trademark. Her enthusiasm rekindles the joy of learning that is hard-wired in all of us. If you read one book this year, make it We're Born to Learn, then put it into action."
Doctor - Deborah Daiek
"We're Born to Learnis one of the most valuable instructional tools teachers will ever use. Knowing 'how' students learn should be absolutely mandatory, yet is rarely taught in college prep. All teachers believe that they are teaching, but few know how students actually learn, and don't consider how the brain processes new information whiledeveloping their lesson plans. Dr. Smilkstein likens the learning brain to twigs on a tree; the twigs grow from a branch that is already there (prior knowledge). After reading this book, the most treasured seven words in every classroom will be, 'See if you can figure this out.' "
Reneau Waggoner
"Dr. Rita Smilksteinoffers aprescription for what ails our developmental students: lack of critical thinking, lack of understanding of the learning process, etc. While the previous edition is a must read, this latest edition is teaching and learning’s pharmacology textbook…a collector’s item for developmental education."
Karen J. Sides
"This book is a must read for anyone with ADHD or ADD students who are drowning in the public education system.The author presentsrecent research that opens the door for teachers to immediately create an environment conducive to helping these students learn."
James A. Cox
"Packs in in practical methods for achievement and is a top pick for any education collection."
Dr. Deborah Daiek
"We're Born to Learnis one of the most valuable instructional tools teachers will ever use. Knowing 'how' students learn should be absolutely mandatory, yet is rarely taught in college prep. All teachers believe that they are teaching, but few know how students actually learn, and don't consider how the brain processes new information whiledeveloping their lesson plans. Dr. Smilkstein likens the learning brain to twigs on a tree; the twigs grow from a branch that is already there (prior knowledge). After reading this book, the most treasured seven words in every classroom will be, 'See if you can figure this out.'"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761946427
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Smilkstein speaks nationally and internationally on brain-compatible education. She has taught in middle school through graduate school including 28 years at North Seattle Community College. Currently Professor Emerita North Seattle Community College and invited faculty in Educational Psychology at Western Washington University's Woodring College of Education, Everett Campus. Publications include articles and books on brain-based curriculum and pedagogy. Author of We’re Born to Learn: Using the Brain’s Natural Learning Process to Create Curriculum (Corwin Press, 2003), which won the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society’s Educator’s Award of the Year, 2004; the second edition will be published in 2011. She is a co-author of Igniting Student Potential Using the Natural Human Learning Process (Corwin Press, 2007). M.A. (English, Michigan State University), Ph.D. (Educational Psychology, University of Washington). She has received many teaching awards, including the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s Excellence Award, 1991, 1995; the College Reading and Learning Association’s highest honor, the Robert Griffin Award, 2005; Induction as a Fellow of the American Council of Developmental Education Associations, 2006, the highest honor in the field of Developmental Education.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction 1
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
References 233
General Bibliography 239
Bibliography About Learning Communities 241
Index 243
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