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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.

The Student's Experience: Metacognition, Motivation, Self-Evaluation, Achievement, and Technology Self-Taught
The student's experience: Metacognition, motivation, self-evaluation, achievement, and technology self-taught
Metacognition and Motivation

Students need a user's guide to the brain so they can know what to do and how to do it to be successful learners. When they find out not only how they learn (Chapter 2) but also how the brain learns (Chapter 3), their self-empowerment and confidence increase, as shown in the following notes from students.

The first is from a student in my Introduction to Learning, Cognition, and Instruction course at Western Washington University's Woodring College of Education. At the end of the term, he wrote to me that he had “received the best GPA of my school career. I believe that has a ...

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