“Applying the natural human learning process described in the book transformed my students' ability to learn. No teacher, new or experienced, should enter any classroom without a copy of this book.”
—Patricia Jamie Lee, Educational Consultant
Many Kites Press, St. Paul, MN
Teach students to take responsibility for their own success!
This updated edition of the bestselling 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
The author translates her unique research on students' critical and creative thinking into classroom strategies and sample lesson plans that will help to create a successful learning environment. Building on the content that earned the author an Educator's Award of the Year from the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, We're Born to Learn provides teachers with practical methods for giving all students the metacognitive, motivational, and technological tools they need to take responsibility for their own achievement.
Chapter 9: Curriculum Development for Units, Courses, and Programs
Curriculum Development for Units, Courses, and Programs
This chapter continues the discussion of unit learning activities but also provides a guideline for sequencing units into coherent, complete curricula for whole courses and multicourse programs. Thus, this chapter addresses the question of what to teach when—in a unit, in a whole course, or in a sequence of courses in a program. The main problem, as noted in Chapter 6, will be the fact that, for teachers, the subject and its constituent topics, concepts, and skills are in their brains in highly complex neural networks. The principles, theories, elements, actions, interactions, relations, interrelations, facts, and terminology of their subjects are all of a piece, fully integrated, and second nature to them—but ...