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ERIC Number: ED472688
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 263
Abstractor: N/A
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ISBN: ISBN-0-7619-4642-X
We're Born To Learn: Using the Brain's Natural Learning Process To Create Today's Curriculum.
Smilkstein, Rita
This book provides research-based, concrete strategies for creating a student-centered curriculum in which every student can learn. It breaks down the Natural Human Learning Process (NHLP) into six stages, providing guidelines and models showing educators how to create learning experiences at each stage of the process for individuals, small groups, and whole classes so all students can succeed. The book includes: detailed field/classroom and neuroscience research combined into principles for developing brain-compatible, natural-learning curricula for classroom; charts detailing the NHLP; pedagogical methods for developing curricula and selecting pedagogical strategies that effectively help students utilize their innate learning processes; and guidelines and models for how this theory can be applied to the development of classroom-proven lesson plans and curricula. Nine chapters address: (1) Learning and Teaching"; (2) "How People Learn: the Natural Human Learning Process"; (3) "How the Brain Learns: The Brain's Natural Learning Process"; (4) "Personal Experience, Individual Differences, and Learning"; (5) "The Student's Experience: Metacognition, Motivation, Self-Evaluation, and Achievement"; (6) "Sequencing of the Curriculum"; (7) "The Pedagogical Model and Guidelines"; (8) "Brain-Based, Natural Learning Across the Curriculum"; and (9) "Curriculum Development for Units, Courses, and Programs." (Contains 114 references.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
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