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ERIC Number: EJ782283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0271-6062
Getting the Lowdown on the Slowdown
Levine, Mel; Barringer, Mary-Dean
Principal, v87 n3 p14-18 Jan-Feb 2008
A student's inability to keep pace with the demands of the classroom can produce painful feelings of inadequacy, performance anxiety, depleted motivation, and even behavioral maladjustment. Too often, schools respond to such students with well-intentioned procedures or guidelines that fail to meet the needs of the thwarted learner. However, in recent years an impressive body of research in the neurosciences, psychology, education, and related fields has provided promising answers to the frustrating quandaries schools have faced when students are unable to keep pace in reading, writing, mathematics, and specific subject areas. The message is clear: There can be a wide range of mechanisms underlying delayed skill acquisition. To devise strategies without identifying such mechanisms represents a "shot in the dark" approach. In 1995, financier Charles Schwab and pediatrician Mel Levine founded All Kinds of Minds, a nonprofit institute whose mission has been to gather and synthesize the latest knowledge relating to learning and learning differences, and translating that information into policies and practices usable by schools, parents, and clinicians. Through Schools Attuned, an innovative service model and professional development program, the institute seeks to broadly disseminate this body of neurodevelopmental knowledge. Using the tools and processes provided through Schools Attuned, teams of educators often work with students in the prereferral process, generating effective strategies and interventions without labeling students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or a learning disability. Knowing how to describe and name a particular breakdown in the learning process greatly facilitates teachers, students, and parents in understanding and managing it. (Contains 3 online resources.)
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Language: English
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