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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.

Learning and Teaching
Learning and teaching
Eye-Opening Experiences in the Classroom

Having been well prepared for school, in a literate family with expectations, support, and encouragement for my academic success, I did well. When I began teaching, I was eager to impart my knowledge and insights to my students. I wanted to do this despite the fact that I had not enjoyed or been excited by my teachers imparting their knowledge to me.

I wanted to do this despite the fact that my single most enjoyable class session in college was when a literature professor asked us one day what we thought a phrase in a poem meant. I wanted to do this despite the fact that most of my insights had come from my own reading and ...

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