Practical ideas for teaching students the skills they need to really learn This vital teachers' resource answers such questions as "Can intelligence be developed? Do teacher expectations shape student learning? How can I make learning 'stick' for my students?" Drawing from theory and research in learning, this book offers clear, practical guidance along with inspirational ideas to show how teachers can enable students to gain both the cognitive competence and confidence needed to succeed academically. * Offers techniques for students to develop their reading, writing, and math abilities * Provides suggestions for helping students build perseverance and diligent work habits * Helps cultivate students' reasoning skills for problem solving * Includes ideas for teachers to improve their students' verbal and written skills The book applies to any and all learners, including special needs students, and is richly illustrated with stories, activities, and examples from across the curricula.
Kathleen R. Hopkins, Ph.D., is executive director of National Institute for Learning Development (NILD), an international organization dedicated to meeting the needs of students who have difficulty learning, including those with and without specific learning disabilities. NILD offers educational intervention services to schools and districts (serving students in both individual and group settings), conducts teacher professional development programs as well as a certification program training classroom teachers in its educational therapy/learning model, and stages 2-day annual conferences featuring prominent learning and special education specialists, plus four regional teacher-training conferences at which about 600-900 general and special education teachers typically attend. NILD also offers supplemental and after-school learning development (tutoring) programs at over 35 school sites through Discovery, Inc., a subsidiary organization. Based in Norfolk, Virginia, NILD is active in over 32 countries as well as the U.S. and Canada.
About the Author. About the National Institute for Learning Development. Introduction. 1 The Intelligence Dilemma. 2 A Way Out of the Pressure Cooker. 3 What Every Teacher Needs. 4 The Big Picture. 5 Setting Students Free. 6 The Power of Oral Language. 7 Moving Beyond Memorization. 8 Those Inner Voices. 9 Potential or Propensity? 10 Rediscovering the Joy. References. Index.