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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.

Sequencing of the Curriculum
Sequencing of the curriculum

Through steadfastness and right attitude, the blossoming can occur.

—Ralph Blum
Challenges

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) in its summer 1999 Curriculum Update reports that, according to educators, “knowing ‘what to teach when’ has always been a challenge for those who develop a curriculum. … Likewise, knowing ‘how to teach what’ has always been a challenge for those who deliver that curriculum in the classroom” (Checkley, 1999, p. 1). Two and a half years later, these challenges were again a focus of the Curriculum Update:

Although years of evidence point to certain instruction practices as keys to promoting student achievement, … [there is] the difficulty of a wealth of strategies. … [Also, teachers] are encouraged to adapt a variety ...

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