ERIC Number: ED495536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-2
Breaking the Learning Barrier for Underachieving Students: Practical Teaching Strategies for Dramatic Results
Nelson, George D.
Little compares to the thrill of seeing a young mind come alive with wonder. Despite the best efforts, there are always students who seem unreachable, unteachable. So what can educators do to make learning fun and rewarding for all students? This book provides a strong theoretical understanding of learning styles, focusing on at-risk, or "dramatic" learners and why traditional teaching methods fail to meet their educational needs. Offering innovative yet practical teaching strategies, disciplinary policies, and lesson plans designed to engage even the most reluctant learners, Nelson demonstrates the importance of the principles that guide his groundbreaking work with at-risk students: (1) Learning requires active involvement, participation, and effort from the learner; (2) Learners need dramatic elements to gain meaning and inspiration; (3) Teachers must consider the values and preferences of the learner; and (4) Learning must be fun. Using Nelson's classroom-tested strategies to modify existing lessons and the learning environment so that these conditions are met, the reader will be amazed by the progress a teacher can make with every student in their classroom. This book is divided into the following nine parts: (1) The System; (2) Dramatic Elements; (3) Character and Education; (4) The Profile of a Dramatic Learner; (5) The Structure of Dramatic Learning; (6) Curriculum Design; (7) Getting Into it HIPA Deep; (8) Learning and Self Image; and (9) Learning and Self Image and Discipline and the Dramatic Learner. A Conclusion, Appendix, and an Index.
Descriptors: High Risk Students, Cognitive Style, Instructional Innovation, Curriculum Design, Learning Strategies, Teaching Methods, Lesson Plans, Classroom Environment, Self Concept, Educational Needs, Underachievement, Values, Discipline
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
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