A Mind at a Time : America's Top Learning Expert Shows How Every Child Can Succeed by Mel Levine (2002, Hardcover)
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- Synopsis"Different minds learn differently," writes Dr. Mel Levine, one of the best-known education experts and pediatricians in America today. And that's a problem for many children, because most schools still cling to a one-size-fits-all education philosophy. As a result, these children struggle because their learning patterns don't fit the schools they are in. In A Mind at a Time, Dr. Levine shows parents and others who care for children how to identify these individual learning patterns. He explains how parents and teachers can encourage a child's strengths and bypass the child's weaknesses. This type of teaching produces satisfaction and achievement instead of frustration and failure. Different brains are differently wired, Dr. Levine explains. There are eight fundamental systems, or components, of learning that draw on a variety of neurodevelopmental capacities. Some students are strong in certain areas and some are strong in others, but no one is equally capable in all eight. Using examples drawn from his own extensive experience, Dr. Levine shows how parents and children can identify their strengths and weaknesses to determine their individual learning styles. For example, some students are creative and write imaginatively but do poorly in history because weak memory skills prevent them from retaining facts. Some students are weak in sequential ordering and can't follow directions. They may test poorly and often don't do well in mathematics. In these cases, Dr. Levine observes, the problem is not a lack of intelligence but a learning style that doesn't fit the assignment. Drawing on his pioneering research and his work with thousands of students, Dr. Levine shows how parents and teachers can develop effective strategies to work through or around these weaknesses. "It's taken for granted in adult society that we cannot all be 'generalists' skilled in every area of learning and mastery. Nevertheless, we apply tremendous pressure to our children to be good at everything. They are expected to shine in math, reading, writing, speaking, spelling, memorization, comprehension, problem solving...and none of us adults can" do all this, observes Dr. Levine. Learning begins in school but it doesn't end there. Frustrating a child's desire to learn will have lifelong repercussions. This frustration can be avoided if we understand that not every child can do equally well in every type of learning. We must begin to pay more attention to individual learning styles, to individual minds, urges Dr. Levine, so that we can maximize children's learning potential. In A Mind at a Time he shows us how.
- AuthorMel Levine
- Number Of Pages352 pages
- Publication Date2002-04-03
- PublisherSimon & Schuster
- Copyright Date2002
- Weight21.2 Oz
- Height1 In.
- Width6.1 In.
- Length9.2 In.
- LC Classification NumberLB1060.L383 2002
- Dewey Decimal370.15/23
- Dewey Edition21
Table Of Content
- Table Of ContentContents Acknowledgments 1 A Mind at a Time:Introduction A Mind's PossibilitiesA Pediatric Perspective 2 The Ways of Learning How Learning WorksEight SystemsNeurodevelopmental ProfilesHow a Mind's Profile Comes to BeHow Lifestyles May Affect Learning StylesSplitting Rather Than LumpingThe Early Detection of DysfunctionSome Adult Implications 3 Conducting a Mind:Our Attention Control System The Mental Energy ControlsThe Intake ControlsThe Output ControlsThe Impacts of the Attention ControlsMinds over Time: Keeping a Watchful Eye on the Attention Controls as Children AgePractical Considerations 4 Remembering to Learn and Learning to Remember:Our Memory System Short-term MemoryActive Working MemoryLong-term MemoryA Few More Memory DifferencesThe OutlookMinds over Time: Keeping a Watchful Eye on Memory as Children AgePractical Considerations 5 Ways with Words:Our Language System The Different Languages That Make Up LanguageLanguage LevelsThe Special Challenge of Language ProductionLanguage and Its Ambassadorial FunctionsMinds over Time: Keeping a Watchful Eye (or Ear) on Language as Children AgePractical Considerations 6 Making Arrangements:Our Spatial and Sequential Ordering Systems Sequential OrderingSpatial OrderingSpatial Versus Sequential Ordering: Which Would You Rather Be Good At?Minds over Time: Keeping a Watchful Eye on Sequential and Spatial Ordering as Children AgePractical Considerations 7 Mind over Muscle:Our Motor System Forms of Motor FunctionMinds over Time: Keeping a Watchful Eye on Motor Function as Children AgePractical Considerations 8 Some Peeks at a Mind's Peaks:Our Higher Thinking System Conceptual ThinkingProblem-Solving ThinkingCritical ThinkingRule-Guided ThinkingCreative ThinkingThe Role of Intuitive Thinking in Influencing All Forms of Higher ThinkingThe Higher Thinking System and the Other Neurodevelopmental SystemsMinds over Time: Keeping a Watchful Eye on Higher Thinking as Children AgePractical Considerations 9 Relating to Relating:Our Social Thinking System The Big Three Social MissionsSocial Functions and DysfunctionsAre Some Kids Too Successful Socially?Minds over Time: Keeping a Watchful Eye on Social Thinking as Children AgePractical Considerations 10 When a Mind Falls Behind Constructing Neurodevelopmental ProfilesIdentifying the Breakdown PointsWhen Bad Things Happen to Good ProfilesMining a Child's Precious AssetsIdentifying and Understanding Emotional ComplicationsHows Instead of Whys: Focusing on Identifying and Fixing the Breakdowns Instead of Their CausesThe Benefits and Dangers When a Child's Mind Is TestedRoadblocks and Outcomes in Adulthood 11 Getting a Mind Realigned (but Not Redesigned) Management by ProfileAccessing Special Services in SchoolThe Use of MedicationCoaching and MentoringRaoul: An Example of a Child Who Was Managed by Profile 12 Raisin' Brain:Homes for All Kinds of Minds Know Thy ChildResponding to GapsFostering Strengths, Knacks, Talents, Intuitions, and AffinitiesTrying Not to HarmSupporting EducationMaintaining an Intellectual Life at HomeFostering Optimism and a Positive View of the Future 13 The Right to Differ:Schools for All Kinds of Minds Teachers: Their Roles and Their Training for Those RolesParents: Their Meaningful Involvement in a Child's LearningStudents: Learning About Learning and Learning About Their Kinds of Minds<
- ReviewsCharles R. SchwabChairman, Charles Schwab CorporationDr. Levine's life work is powerfully captured in this book, showing us that all kids can succeed in school and in life. This book gives teachers and parents practical strategies for recognizing a child's ways of learning, tailoring instruction to address individual differences, while providing motivation and support.,Edward Hallowell, M.D.Instructor, Harvard Medical School; Director, The Hallowell Center, Sudbury, Massachusetts; author ofDriven to DistractionandHuman MomentsA Mind at a Timecontinues Mel Levine's enormously valuable lifework of helping children find success, especially those children whose talents are not immediately recognized and valued by adults. This courageous and brilliant pediatrician has caused the medical textbooks to be rewritten and the educational curricula to be reformed. Brimming with intelligence, humor, wit, and originality, Dr. Levine is most of all full of love for children. This is a groundbreaking and useful book.,Frank KeatingGovernor of OklahomaWith A Mind at a Time, Dr. Mel Levine provides an incredible must-read for parents and educators who want to ensure that our children have the resources they need to learn and be successful...This book is more than important. It's inspiring, and eloquently makes the case for how we can give our children the tools they need to make the most out of life.,Howard GardnerJohn H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor in Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; author of The Disciplined Mind and Frames of MindA Mind at a Time is a wide-ranging exploration of the myriad ways in which young minds differ, coupled with vivid and useful recommendations about developing those minds to the fullest.
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