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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.

Personal Experience, Individual Differences, and Learning
Personal experience, individual differences, and learning
Emotions and the Brain

Someone is about to step in front of your moving car. Your heart instantly starts pounding faster and your foot slams on the brake. What happened is that your brain, seeing the danger, sent an immediate message to the adrenal gland, which instantaneously shot adrenaline into your brain and caused those emotional-physical reactions. No conscious thinking, just quick and excellent teamwork.

The Fight or Flight Response

These kinds of reactions happen because certain organs in the body, including the brain, produce chemicals in emotional situations. The emotionally produced chemicals instantly flood into synaptic gaps to affect the brain and also the body, which the brain largely controls.

If we are feeling fear or anxiety ...

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